Paisley dental nurse to embark on Uganda mission to help children orphaned by HIV

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A young dental nurse is preparing to swap Scotland for Uganda after securing a place on a volunteer programme to help children who have been orphaned as a result of HIV.

Zoe Adams, 25, will travel to the African country in February as part of a project to support children who have lost parents. Zoe will be based close to the capital city, Kampala, in a town called Muntungo.

Zoe decided to apply to join the team as volunteering is something she has always wanted to do and she has a passion for working with children.

During her time in Uganda, Zoe, who works at Pollok Health Centre and studies at Cardonald College, will be working from 8am until 4.30pm during the week. She’ll be helping children aged between 0 and 15, providing basic dental treatment, teaching English and simple Maths and also taking part in activities such as sports and arts and crafts.

Zoe is currently raising money for her trip and she has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity, raising £350 within 24 hours of setting up a GoFundMe page. She hopes to raise at least £800, which will help towards flights, a visa and her insurance. Any extra donations will be used to support building projects.

Speaking about the upcoming adventure, Zoe admitted that she was a little nervous, but also hugely excited to meet the children and make a positive difference to children who find themselves in a really difficult situation.

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