United Church Youth visit Mexico

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The Morinville United Church Youth Group recently had a week long Service and Education Trip to Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Goals of the trip included learning about issues surrounding poverty and wealth, and about how to put faith into action. The six youth and four parents visited an orphanage, two seniors homes, a community living in the dump, and other low income neighbourhoods. They assisted with children’s programs and helped build a garden plot and fence at a home for abandonned seniors. Everyone felt they had learned a great deal. The youth plan to continue with their volunteer work here in Alberta, such as working serving meals at Hope Mission in Edmonton. The group has also decided to raise money for a scholarship to help send a student from the dump to high school.

The youth fund-raised for three years to make this trip possible and would like to thank all the people in Morinville and area who supported their bottle drives, plant sales and other projects.

Below are some photos from the trip.

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Gavin Newborn playing with boys at an after school program.

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Ian Middleton supervising children on a field trip to a waterpark.

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Morinville United Church youth and parents clearing brush to build a garden for a seniors home.

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Dana Peterson assembling fence panels for the garden. A fence was needed to keep goats out of the garden.

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Josie Middleton and Gavin Newborn building fence panels for the garden.

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