Felpham students helps Fijian villagers

Becky Newman with her fellow volunteers - and the Bognor Regis Observer
Becky Newman with her fellow volunteers - and the Bognor Regis Observer

A former Felpham Community College pupil has turned her life around to help others.

Becky Newman has ensured villagers in Fiji can benefit from clean water and hygienic waste disposal.

She was so enthusiastic about being a volunteering she is set to improve another community in Ghana next year.

Becky, 18, said she was inspired to become a volunteer by her music teacher at Felpham Community College, Miss N Matthews.

“She introduced it as a means of focusing myself and a basis to change my poor and worrying behaviour.

“I am proud to say that, after the example set by her and others at the college at the time, I have now decided to take things a step further and show others that giving to others gives a lot back to yourself,” she said.

Becky spent almost three weeks in Fiji with Volunteer Eco Students Abroad. She stayed in a rural village, Burerua, about 90 minutes away from the capital, Suva.

The group installed the foundation for a water tank and fixed and redecorated nine classrooms and a library as well as teaching 11-year-olds maths, English, music and sport. They also built a waste disposal pit and shelter.