Hi my name is Ellie Colquhoun & I’m proud to say I am the Youth Ambassador for the Mind Heart Connect Foundation and supporter of Project LIGHT: Australia.

Since completing my high school education in December 2017, I have been actively involved in community service globally over the past few months. In early January I departed to the Philippines for my 3rd visit to Ligao (a town south of Manila). I was there for 2 weeks with a group from Melbourne. During these 2 weeks we held medical missions, feeding programs for the children in the slums , painted churches / outreaches for the local people. An extremely rewarding experience to say the least.

From there, I headed to India for another week, and saw some amazing projects in both the south and north of India. We saw the amazing work and results of empowering women in the slums of India (2 hour drive from Bangalore) where they are educating mothers with their newborns and supporting them, through this program change is occurring, although this change may seem so small, it is having a ripple effect on several surrounding communities, all in hope to break the poverty cycle.

I’m commencing studies at Deakin University in Melbourne, Bachelor of Nutrition Science and am extremely excited for what lies ahead for the Foundation & Project LIGHT: Australia in the next 12 months and for all those involved!