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University of Leicester Law Graduate lives on £1 a day to help tackle poverty in Nicaragua

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Published by University of Leicester Press Office for University of Leicester in Communities and also in Education

University of Leicester Law graduate Michael Satchell. University of Leicester Law graduate Michael Satchell.

A University of Leicester student has committed to living on £1 a day to help raise funds for those living in poverty in Central America.

Michael Satchell, 21-years-old, a Law student from Birmingham, will travel to Nicaragua in March 2013 to work on the development programme for 10 weeks.

Michael will team up with Nicaragua volunteers to tackle some of the problems facing the local community, after getting a place on the government funded International Citizen Service (ICS).

ICS allows young people aged 18-25 to contribute to long-term development projects in countries like Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Nepal. 

The scheme offers young people the chance to develop personally and learn about team working and leadership on projects that are of genuine value to communities around the world.

On return to the UK, ICS volunteers undertake an ‘Action at Home Project’, ensuring that their new skills also benefit their local communities.

Michael said: “My fundraising is a way of making sure developing countries can continue to benefit from the work of future volunteers, so it’s vital I reach my target.

“The project I’m working on is run by the development charity, Progressio and aims to tackle poverty by promoting local economic initiatives within indigenous communities, educating people about HIV and AIDS and more. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside people from a different culture who have requested help from young volunteers to fight poverty and make a difference where it’s needed most. I’m really excited to get out there.

“I chose to volunteer overseas with Progressio ICS because I want to attempt to make an impact in a society with issues far different from mine. There is no better way to learn about global issues than to go the country and meet local people who have been and still are being affected by these issues. I hope to leave Nicaragua with new friends, new skills, new experiences and the satisfaction of making a change.

“I’m looking forward to experiencing a new culture, trying new types of food and meeting new people! I think I can offer energy, ideas and enthusiasm.”

To sponsor Michael Satchell visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/mlsatchell

To find out more about ICS or to apply, visit www.ics-uk.org.uk or call 0208 780 7400.

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