At the end of 2022, our school established a whole-school partnership with Tearfund. Tearfund is a Christian charity working for a just and compassionate world. They work in partnership with Christian communities and churches in various countries to end poverty, challenge inequality and build sustainable communities. Following Jesus, they go where the need is greatest. They courageously tackle injustice, seeking fullness of life for all.
Every year the NGO Care International compiles a list of under-reported humanitarian crises. In 2022, the list revealed that Zambia had the world’s most under-reported humanitarian crisis in the past 12 months, with 1.2 million people experiencing hunger due to drought.
As a school, we aim to raise $25,000 for water projects in Tearfund-supported schools in Zambia in 2023-2024. Through local churches and communities, Tearfund is establishing community schools in Zambia, building wells and training volunteers and community groups on sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and climate smart farming.
As a school, so far, through activities led by the Senior Leadership Council and Primary Global Student Leader-led, such as mufti days and movie days, we have raised $3276.81! Each well in a school costs $1900, and we have nearly raised enough money for two wells!
This will change the lives of so many students in these schools.
Last Friday, our SLC and Year 5 Primary Global Student Leaders participated in a Zoom call with Tearfund to hear more about how the funds will be used. Sam Fagan, from Tearfund, thanked the students for their hard work and the school community for their generosity. We are now about one-eighth of the way towards our target! So very exciting.
“I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” Matthew 25:35
Mrs Michelle Shaw
P-12 Curriculum and Wellbeing Project Coordinator