On Friday, 22nd May, 27 children from St Dunstan’s Youth Group, Kings Heath gathered for an evening full of climate change challenges in line with CAFOD’s latest campaign One Climate One World. Climate change is the greatest threat to alleviating poverty that exists today.
CAFOD Gap Year volunteer and Newman University Chaplaincy assistant, Lizzie Wignall, shared stories of climate change from Zimbabwe. In January, Lizzie spent three weeks visiting partner projects in Zimbabwe as part of her Step into the Gap year.
The group learnt all about the life-transforming solar-powered piped water scheme in Lubu village. As one villager told us: ‘the children have time to be children instead of helping collect water.’
Traditionally, women would walk barefront down a steep, rocky hillside to collect water from a crocodile-infested river and return with 20l of water in their hands, a further 5l in each hand and often a baby on their backs. Now, through harnessing Zimbabwe’s abundant solar energy, the villagers can access clean water from a tap in their homesteads.
The group also discovered how Nenyere Day Care Centre is reusing discarded materials to create models in their art and craft lessons and play sessions. Nenyere Nursey for 4-6 year olds is located in a deprived and overcrowded suburb of Zimbabwe’s capital city, Harare, and provides a safe and nurturing environment of education and care to vulnerable children, many of whom have parents affected by HIV and AIDS.
…to St Dunstan’s!
It was then time for St Dunstan’s Youth Group to go green! First, they tackled the water obstacle course to reflect on using water resourcefully and conservatively. After navigating the limbo whilst balancing beakers of water on rackets, the team to transfer the largest volume of water won!
Filling the beakers of water…
…and gripping them between two cooking spatulas- no easy feat!
From kitchen roll tubes to a factory!
The Holy Spirit and Creation- Global gifts!
As it was the Friday preceding Pentecost, the group reflected on the Holy Spirit and Creation as gifts for everyone everywhere to enjoy. The group created a flame collage displaying using the gifts of the Holy Spirit to guide us in God’s work and left with pledge cards of environmentally-friendly actions they’d like to take at home and school over the next few weeks to protect our planet for all to enjoy.
Lizzie would like to thank all who attended for a brilliant evening and all helpers and parents for their support of the session.