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Kamloops teen raising funds for humanitarian project in Africa

Next summer, Jackson Bartel, 16, hopes to be in Africa helping build schools in Nairobi, Kenya.
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November 29, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Next summer, Jackson Bartel hopes to be in Africa with other teens across North America helping to build schools for other youth.

Jackson Bartel is a Grade 11 student at NorKam Senior Secondary School and is planning to go to Nairobi, Kenya in July on a humanitarian trip.

The 16-year-old will be joining others from across Canada and the U.S. working eight hour days to build schools with the Humanitarian Experience for Youth program.

“I am really looking forward to learning about the culture and seeing the differences from living in Canada and how they live in Africa,” Bartel says.

He hopes to raise $4,200 to cover the cost of his trip and has been fundraising by selling homemade candy popcorn, Screaming Zonkers and has been collecting bottles and cans.

An account at General Grant’s North Shore Recycling Centre has been opened for Jackson’s Kenya trip for anyone wishing to donate to the account. Since he began fundraising on Nov. 10, Bartel has raised approximately $500. The trip will run from July 22 to Aug. 7.

“I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity of people to help someone like and who wants to do some good for other people,” he says.

Anyone interested in purchasing candy popcorn for Bartel’s trip can do so by going here.

To donate directly to his trip, visit the Humanitarian Experience for Youth website by going here.

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