AN ESK woman is finalising plans and gathering materials for a life changing trip to East Timor.
Body Shop At Home team leader, Michelle Lipscombe was accepted as one of four participants in the Children on the Edge (COTE) Playscheme to visit East Timor later this month.
COTE is a program designed to alleviate conditions for children in orphanages in countries including Romania, Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and East Timor.
Michelle will spend 10 days at The Child Friendly Space in a small village called Viqueque, East Timor bringing fun, games and play into the lives of the children.
“I was drawn to this experience because I wanted to do something, see that kind of culture first hand and give something back,” she said.
“I think it will really help give me some perspective on my own life when I get back.”
She said part of the experience is staying in the orphanage in Viqueque.
“We will be without running water and without electricity most of the time,” she said.
“There are a lot of areas there that are affected by war and a lot of children that have lost their parents.
“The program that we run is a place where these kids can go and actually be a kid.
“Some of the things these kids have seen, we can't even comprehend.”
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