12 year old girl flies 4558 miles to help Tanzania street children

Most 12 year old girl’s lives revolve around school, friends and the boy that sits across from them in class they have a crush on. Life doesn’t seem to go much further than the latest sales at the shopping mall and themselves.

Online PR News – 01-October-2012 – Maidstone – Nicole Neshiri is not like most 12-year-old girls. For the past three weeks, the Kent girl has been in Moshi on the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania helping and spending time with street children. To raise money for the street children of Tanzania she has held countless cake sales.

Nicole, who visited Tanzania for the first time and was touched by what she saw, "It really struck me the condition the children were living in, but I actually got to socialise with the kids I was helping. They have so little yet they are happy and they too just want all the things that most children want" said Nicole.

For Nicole, working closely with the street children proved to be a rewarding experience that has made her want to do something to help. As she flew back home last week, water supplies had been cut at the Msamaria Children’s Centre where she had been helping due to an unpaid bill of under £100 with some children being out of school too as they don’t have any sponsors to pay their fees. “The centre really struggles financially and they are doing all they can to look after the nearly 40 kids in their care”

Nicole encourages everyone to get involved and to help Tanzania’s forgotten children or any third world country. Nicole is a true believer that every little effort makes a difference. "Anything you do will help them. They have so little. They will appreciate it.”

“She enjoys making other children happy,” says her mum “She has such a compassion for others and such a pure heart about it as she has realised how privileged her life here in England is”

While her efforts have been tremendous thus far, she is still not done hatching up plans to raise money. Nicole is thinking about one creative fundraising idea called “24 Hours”. "We would have an organised event in which children simulate a day as a homeless person," said Nicole. "We could create our own cardboard box to inhabit for the 24-hour period. I am still thinking it out."

Nicole’s England-to-Tanzania journey can be tracked on her blog myuniqueworld.com, and someday, she plans to go back and visit the Street Children of Tanzania again. For fun back home, Nicole enjoys playing judo, swimming and hanging out with her friends.

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