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In early April, Hayley made a trip to Ghana in her role as New Zealand’s Ambassador to UNICEF. During this trip, she saw for herself the devastating plight of so many children - poor living standards, poor sanitation, poor healthcare and poor access to education. All these are things that we in the developed world take for granted.

Hayley Westenra - Youngest Guest Ambassador to UNICEF NZThe reasons for such problems are many and, with the best will in the world, without help from people such as ourselves, their struggle will go on indefinitely.

As with so many severely underprivileged countries, the people desperately want to work themselves out of poverty and deprivation. They do not want to live on charity forever. But, their need is such that we must do what we can to give them the tools to help themselves.

The single most important aspect of helping them to progress is education. With an education, children’s prospects for the future improve dramatically. With an education, they will have the knowledge to be able to work.

Part of the reason they are not getting the education they deserve is the distance that many children have to travel to get to school. The problems are magnified for girls, many of whom must do household chores before they can even go to school. Then, having to face a walk of at least two miles each way regardless of the weather is, in itself, a daunting factor. This can be eased considerably simply by giving them a bike.

UNICEF NZ have set themselves a target of 5,000 bikes and 1,000 tricycles.

We at HWI, in co-operation with Hayley and UNICEF NZ, are asking for your help urgently. Just NZD40.00 will buy a bike for a girl – NZD60.00 will buy a tricycle for a disabled child. To help you realise just how small a sum is needed, I am giving a comparison (approximate) in USD, GBP and Euros:

NZD40.00 is roughly equal to USD29.00, GBP15.00 or Euro22.00
NZD60.00 is roughly equal to USD44.00, GBP23.00 or Euro33.00

Remember, exchange rates do vary, so the above is only a guide.
Alternatively, click XE.com Personal Currency Assistant to calculate today's
exchange rate for your currency.

Please help to support Hayley and UNICEF in their efforts to bring hope to these children by giving what you can today. To make a donation, please go to the following address and make your pledge. Your help means so much and you can make a difference to a child’s life.

Thank you.

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For more information on Africa, the country, and Africa, the people, see
Africa Lives on the BBC

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