HARRISON NASH, BCAo
Harrison embarked on a volunteering trip to South Africa after working in the UK to fund the trip. He began working at Protea Primary School, a school especially for traumatised children with behavioural problems. He continued here, teaching in the day and spent afternoons, evenings and weekends at Siyakatala, including the sleep-in night shift. So moved by the children, Harrison pledged to provide a special Christmas for all of them, he sponsored gifts and organised a barbeque for all to celebrate. Harrison decided to study for a Social Work degree and for his community development project, he worked with a newly formed user-led self-harm support charity (SIESTA).
Harrison carried out research to help establish the charity, successfully applied for funding and organised an awareness workshop. He continued his active involvement and passion for his work in South Africa, and visited six times during his degree. Harrison identified a need for fundraising support for South African children in care. He founded the charity Maranatha Care Children in 2009.
The charity helps children by offering development in education and life skills, providing suitable home environments and safeguarding the futures of those in care. Harrison takes on extensive fundraising, budget planning and carries out the necessary administrative requirements. In the last four years, Harrison has raised approximately £60,000.
Harrison moved to South Africa in January 2012, in May 2014 Harrison obtained a work permit which allowed him to be officially employed as a programme manager by Maranatha Streetworkers’ Trust, which he has supported and is affiliated with his own charity.
Nominated by Helen Soliman