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Young Salford Woman Returns from Moroccan Adventure
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Young Salford Woman Returns from Moroccan Adventure

Holly Emmerson aged 16, a member of Swinton & Worsley Rangers has returned from a life-changing community action trip to Morocco.

Holly was chosen to take part in Girlguiding North West England’s community action project in Imlil, high in the Atlas Mountains and raised over hundreds of pounds to take part. To help fund the trip Holly arranged a weekend bag pack supported Charlestown Netball Club at the Morrisons supermarket in Little Hulton and sold Christmas cards and homemade cakes . Local companies also offered prizes for a raffle arranged by the Ranger, raising over £200 towards the total.

Eleven young members aged from 15-26 travelled to Morocco for 11 days to work with the local community in Imlil, focusing on working with the local women's associations. The participants took part in tasks such as teaching handicrafts and English language and culture to local women at the centres, in the hope of sharing these skills to improve their lives. After taking part in a two day trek to a remote village, the participants also had the opportunity to experience what daily life is like for a woman in Morocco, following their daily lives as well as

Holly said: “Having the opportunity to experience another country has inspired me to learn more about other cultures. My highlight of the trip was definitely spending time in the local village where the women live and experiencing their way of life – we enjoyed so much mint tea!”

Sue Clough, International Adviser for Girlguiding North West England said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our young members to have a life changing experience.  This is the second year of our partnership which helps to provide skills, materials and resources which will continue to benefit the Imlil women for years to come.”

Girlguiding North West England has committed to working with the project for at least three years from 2011. Although the community service tasks will change year on year the constant element is working with the women's group who meet on a regular basis to try to improve their lives. Girlguiding North West England members will work with them on ways in which they can make money to support themselves such as making handicrafts to sell or share other skills such as using computers, self esteem or personal development.

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