Street kids’ charity cash

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A CHARITY set up by a Sheffield University graduate has raised more than £40,000 to help Bolivian street children.

Annie Syrett was studying in the city when she launched the Friends of Alalay, Santa Cruz, charity in 2007.

She was inspired to help the disadvantaged children after spending six months in the country as part of her degree.

It works by helping youngsters to help themselves, encouraging them to develop useful skills and become involved in projects that should be self-funding.

The 25-year-old has funded and set up a chicken farm, a pig farm and a vegetable garden, where children can grow their own food and sugar substitutes to sell commercially.

The charity has also extended an existing bakery where children can make their own bread and equipped a textile unit for them to make their own clothes.

Annie said: “I found living with the street kids to be a life-changing experience and knew I had to do something to help.”