Helen clears out her wardrobe for charity

23/10/14- Helen Carey from Hastings- selling her wardrobe to raise money for charity. SUS-141023-132421001
23/10/14- Helen Carey from Hastings- selling her wardrobe to raise money for charity. SUS-141023-132421001

A local woman set up shop in the Bullet cafe, Hastings, to sell her wardrobe of clothes and raise funds for a charity agricultural project in Tanzania where she is going to work.

Helen Carey said a friend suggested having a clothes sale at the Bullet cafe.

She said: “I’ve been wanting to do a wardrobe clear-out for a long time, and my moving abroad kicked me into finally doing it. I hope that friends will be able to sell more of my clothes once I have left the country.”

The community agricultural project Helen will be working on is arranged through Global Resource Alliance (GRA) a non-governmental organisation (NGO) non-profit, voluntary citizens’ group. GRA is described as an all-volunteer organisation dedicated to bringing hope, joy and abundance in the Mara region of Tanzania. By sharing ideas, volunteers and financial resources with local, community-based organisations it aims to promote natural, holistic and sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, malnutrition and disease.

Helen will be based in a small village called Kinesi, a 45-minute ferry journey on Lake Victoria from the nearest town of Musoma. Her role with GRA will be to grow food with, and for, 65 families who are supporting orphans from local towns. Helen leaves to take up her new post on November 6 and says it will be quite a challenge. “This is a grass roots project that is very beneficial to local people, helping them to find solutions to their own challenges. The NGO is based in Musoma. I will be sharing a house with three other staff. It’s pretty basic; solar panel on the roof provides 12v electrical supply for laptops and phones, cold tap outside (no shower) and cooking will be on either a charcoal stove, solar cooker or wood fire.” Helen, 45, was born in Kenya where she lived until she was 10 and later worked in Zanzibar between 2001-2004. She moved to Bexhill in March after a winter in the Canary Islands working on organic farming projects as a ‘WWOOFer’ (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms). She said: “I’ve been working in environmental and food education for the last 10 years - helping reconnect young people with where their food comes from by taking them to visit local farms and get growing veg back at school. I’ve been wanting to get back out to Tanzania since leaving 10 years ago. I want to be out in East Africa for a good long while.”