In response to the Nepal earthquakes, the Sixth Form of Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Coventry came up with the idea of organising a non-uniform day. Together with the rest of the school, a fantastic £1200 was raised.
On Friday, 3rd July, CAFOD Step into the Gap volunteer Lizzie visited the Sixth Form to thank them for their brilliant efforts.
During an assembly, the Sixth Formers learnt all about how Cardinal Newman’s collection and the donations of other CAFOD supporters, are transforming the lives of those in Nepal. Thanks to donations, Church partners were able to respond immediately after the earthquake and in the months following, reaching over 175, 000 people with food, shelter and hygiene and sanitation kits. Despite many challenges, including the monsoon rains and difficult terrain, our partners ensured that aid reached and continues to reach those who need it most.Women from Kathmandu with tarpaulins, shelter supplies including tarps, mats and blankets
The medical team hiking to remote communities in Gorkha, carrying supplies
Due to living outside and the disturbance of their water system, diarrhoea was rife. To tackle the spread of diarrhoea, a member of the medical team explained:
‘Hygiene was very poor there, so we gave health education. We also carried with us water purifier tablets and taught them how to use them’
Medical camps were set up in villages delivering both medical and psychosocial care. Many were suffering from sprains, fractures and wounds as well as anxiety as the tremors continued.
Lizzie then shared her Step into the Gap experience with the Sixth Formers, sharing stories from her UK placement at Newman University and overseas visit to Zimbabwe. At Newman University, students and staff engaged in global social justice and poverty alleviation through a Fairtrade stall, soup kitchen, prayer sessions and CAFOD presentations. In Zimbabwe, CAFOD partner projects addressed HIV and AIDS, water, sanitation and hygiene and sustainable farming and livelihoods. Interested in the exciting opportunity of a Gap Year with CAFOD? Visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/Education/CAFOD-Gap-year
Lastly, the students learnt about how they can continue to stay involved with CAFOD. One way is supporting CAFOD’s One Climate One World campaign asking politicians to take tackling climate change seriously. At present, climate change is the greatest threat to reducing world poverty. Each Sixth Form group committed to signing the petition. To add your voice to theirs, sign the petition at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/One-Climate-One-World/climate-petition
Thank-you to Cardinal Newman for such a fantastic fundraiser and thank-you to you all for your support of the Nepal earthquake appeal-your compassion is making a huge difference.
By Lizzie Wignall