In celebration of volunteers, Jessica Burke-Trebell, a former young person in care, shares a video and blog that detail her experiences travelling, volunteering, and working abroad as a teacher in rural Uganda.

Education is something that I always took for granted. It wasn’t until I was in post-secondary school that I truly fathomed just how lucky I was to not only receive an education, but also gain funding from the Foundation. It was during this stage of my life where I became more aware of global inequality and poverty. Recently, I have been studying comparative and international education and it’s heart wrenching when you discover just how much education differs around the world. Seeing how much CAS changed my life truly inspired me to continue sowing seeds for those who I am able to help.

Amazingly, I ended up getting the funding and the opportunity to go on a trip to Gulu, Uganda. My life will never be the same, and this trip has ignited my passion for universal primary education. I am going to do my major research paper on Uganda’s educational system and I hope to bring light to the  situation. Have a look at my video and my journey thus far.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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