'Life in Brazil opened my eyes' says Kassia, 12

Essex County Standard: Kassia Wall, 12, prepares to watch the first episode of her trip to Brazil. Kassia Wall, 12, prepares to watch the first episode of her trip to Brazil.

A SCHOOLGIRL admits she has learnt not to take things for granted after a life-changing trip to Brazil as part of a TV show.

Kassia Wall, 12, spent a month in Brazil for CBBC documentary series Show Me What You’re Made Of.

She was one of five youngsters who were shown what life was like for children in poverty.

The Philip Morant school pupil said: “We stayed in a lot of places, including two mud huts and a floating house in the Amazon.

“I learnt not to take things for granted.

“I have quite a lot of technology – an iPod, iPad and phone, but people out there don’t have anything like that.

“I used to get pocket money and money on top of that to do things, but I don’t any more.

“People in Brazil get paid a bare minimum and I want to start working to earn money.

“It was also interesting to see how much work goes on in factories, even something like prawns you think would be pretty simple, but a lot goes on before they reach us.”

Kassia invited her pals to her house in Prior Way, Colchester to watch the first episode yesterday.

She said: “I’m excited for people to watch the show.

“When I first got back, I couldn’t tell people, but it has been very exciting around school in recent weeks.

“Friends and teachers have been really supportive and it is a nice way to explain what I did.”

Kassia was the youngest of the group and was chosen from more than 1,000 applicants.

The first programme, presented by Stacey Dooley, was aired on Monday at 4.30pm and an episode will be shown at the same time every weekday this week.

Kassia’s mum Sophie Noone, 40, said: “We hoped Kassia would come back and appreciate what she has and to her credit, it has definitely made a difference.

“She has attempted to do some things around the house before I get home from work.

“It was heart-wrenching seeing her go off with complete strangers for a month, but it was a fantastic opportunity for her.”

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10:38am Wed 4 Dec 13

Catchedicam says...

Plenty poverty here, don't need to go to Brasil to see it....although ours are better hidden than in Brasil.
Plenty poverty here, don't need to go to Brasil to see it....although ours are better hidden than in Brasil. Catchedicam

4:36pm Wed 4 Dec 13

tomtheDJ says...

Catchedicam wrote:
Plenty poverty here, don't need to go to Brasil to see it....although ours are better hidden than in Brasil.
Agree catched, but in brazil, most are brought up into it noing no different, while here we have areas in most town centres, hidden behind the glitzy shopping centres fades, that have been rundown due to greedy owners of homes of multiple occupation, where they take homeless for BIG dhss payments in exchange for tiny broom cupboard sized flats.
get rid of the systems that breed deciet by rich owners of poor quality lets,
as the first step in abbolishing inner city povety..
Colchester has just been granted clearence of certain atrocous areas of drunk/drugged misfits just lying around begging for more -
therein lies poverty before your feet and eyes..
[quote][p][bold]Catchedicam[/bold] wrote: Plenty poverty here, don't need to go to Brasil to see it....although ours are better hidden than in Brasil.[/p][/quote]Agree catched, but in brazil, most are brought up into it noing no different, while here we have areas in most town centres, hidden behind the glitzy shopping centres fades, that have been rundown due to greedy owners of homes of multiple occupation, where they take homeless for BIG dhss payments in exchange for tiny broom cupboard sized flats. get rid of the systems that breed deciet by rich owners of poor quality lets, as the first step in abbolishing inner city povety.. Colchester has just been granted clearence of certain atrocous areas of drunk/drugged misfits just lying around begging for more - therein lies poverty before your feet and eyes.. tomtheDJ

12:58am Thu 5 Dec 13

Boris says...

Yes, we have poverty here, but in countries like Brazil it is a lot worse. Try reading the article a bit more carefully.
Yes, it probably cost a lot to take five young people to see for themselves, but only a tiny fraction of what the BBC pays for the trash presented by its boring overpaid megastars like Jonathan Ross, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Clarkson.
Maybe Kassia will grow up wanting to help others who are much worse off than us Brits. From her mum's comments it seems she is on the right path.
Well done Kassia and all the other young people who took part in this exercise.
Yes, we have poverty here, but in countries like Brazil it is a lot worse. Try reading the article a bit more carefully. Yes, it probably cost a lot to take five young people to see for themselves, but only a tiny fraction of what the BBC pays for the trash presented by its boring overpaid megastars like Jonathan Ross, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Clarkson. Maybe Kassia will grow up wanting to help others who are much worse off than us Brits. From her mum's comments it seems she is on the right path. Well done Kassia and all the other young people who took part in this exercise. Boris

9:45am Thu 5 Dec 13

Catchedicam says...

Boris wrote:
Yes, we have poverty here, but in countries like Brazil it is a lot worse. Try reading the article a bit more carefully.
Yes, it probably cost a lot to take five young people to see for themselves, but only a tiny fraction of what the BBC pays for the trash presented by its boring overpaid megastars like Jonathan Ross, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Clarkson.
Maybe Kassia will grow up wanting to help others who are much worse off than us Brits. From her mum's comments it seems she is on the right path.
Well done Kassia and all the other young people who took part in this exercise.
I don't need to read the article more carefully, I lived in Brasil for a year back in the 90's. A fabulous country, where politicians of the ilk we have here would be removed very quickly, yes poverty in Brasil is more obvious than here but there is little absolute poverty unless you get into the Amazon, most poverty is relative poverty, just the same as here, ours is much more difficult to track down. 25% of children in the UK love in poverty and that figure is growing daily, a very sad statistic for a G8 country.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: Yes, we have poverty here, but in countries like Brazil it is a lot worse. Try reading the article a bit more carefully. Yes, it probably cost a lot to take five young people to see for themselves, but only a tiny fraction of what the BBC pays for the trash presented by its boring overpaid megastars like Jonathan Ross, David Dimbleby and Jeremy Clarkson. Maybe Kassia will grow up wanting to help others who are much worse off than us Brits. From her mum's comments it seems she is on the right path. Well done Kassia and all the other young people who took part in this exercise.[/p][/quote]I don't need to read the article more carefully, I lived in Brasil for a year back in the 90's. A fabulous country, where politicians of the ilk we have here would be removed very quickly, yes poverty in Brasil is more obvious than here but there is little absolute poverty unless you get into the Amazon, most poverty is relative poverty, just the same as here, ours is much more difficult to track down. 25% of children in the UK love in poverty and that figure is growing daily, a very sad statistic for a G8 country. Catchedicam

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