Working to help build better lives for youngsters

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A Scarborough woman is appealing for people’s support in changing people’s lives for the better via projects in South Africa.

This week, Rebekka Squire, 29, is flying out to take on the management of a number of projects in the Port St John’s Community.

The former Scalby School and Scarborough College pupil has been travelling the world since she graduated with a Masters in Psychology in 2006 - with a six-year stop in Australia. She has since travelled to Europe, South America and Africa, where she volunteered at the Amapondo Children’s Project.

She found that there was a real need for consistent management to keep the project running and offered to return and manage it full-time from August.

The project is centred around healthy living, both in body and mind, and features initiatives such as job creation and community exchange.

It is currently looking to improve facilities at a boys’ orphanage, increase the number of teachers at a pre-school and support a women’s sewing project by providing new sewing machines and a better workspace. To donate or find out more, go to