The 6th form enrichment team has been working with Paul Sherlock and Eileen Hayes for CAFOD Southwark this term and successful completed two projects on their behalf in school.
The first project was the Harvest day project to raise funds and awareness for the people of Niger. The project was focused around a man called Hamani.
Hamani is a man in his 70s who lives in a remote village in Niger, the poorest country in the world. Each year at Harvest time – about a month from now – he looks forward to a crop that will feed him and his family throughout the year. And each year, as Hamani gets older, he hopes and prays that the harvest comes on time. That the rains come when they should. That they will bring enough life-giving water to feed the earth and the people. That the crop is enough to see him through to the next harvest. And that his children and grandchildren won’t starve. This is because in recent times, the harvest has got smaller because of longer and hotter dry seasons. This is a dry, punishing heat - strong enough to boil water if it’s left outside for too long. Strong enough to burn crops as they grow in the fields. On your behalf, CAFOD has been working with a Catholic Partner – Caritas Niger – to ensure that Hamani and his family can survive if his crop is destroyed.
We raised money by donating the money we would normally spend on sweet, crisp and fizzy drinks and raised £362.92 to help the people of Niger, by providing equipment such as spades to dig a compost pit, bundles of millet, goats (giving a family milk to drink and sell) and nurse’s salary for one month at a nutrition centre.
The second project the 6th form enrichment team took part in was to help young people in El Salvador. Violence stops some children from being able to play. Conflict and fighting, as well as violence from gangs, stops many children from being able to go out with their friends, or from going to school to learn and play.
The project was focused around Isabel. Isabel is 15 she lives in a very poor neighbourhood in the outskirts of El Salvador’s capital city, San Salvador. Isabel lives with her mum, sister, aunt, cousin and great grandmother in a one room house by the side of a dis-used railway track. Two gangs have divided up the area where Isabel lives restricting everyone’s movement. There are often gun fights. Isabel finds it hard to play with her friends in the other area because if she is not in a car, she cannot go because as soon as the gangs see them, they shoot and beat them up. Numbers in school have dropped because they are afraid to cross the boundaries between the gang areas. Isabel is a happy person, saying that 3 things that inspire her to stay positive are her family, her friends and most importantly God. However, we can see here that even though Isabel is happy, the conditions that she is living in are non-hospitable and not ideal for a young girl of her age to be in such a harsh environment affecting her and others.
To brighten up their lives the enrichment group raised funds for a youth club so that there is a safe place for young people like Isabel to play, learn and educated to prevent other young people joining gangs.
Funds were raised by selling multi-coloured wristbands for £1 that the students designed themselves. So far there has been over 100 sold. Wristbands are still available to buy from school.
Esther Oduntan, Nadege Anotchi, Angela Palomeque Bernal and Feyisayo Odesola were awarded their certificates from Eileen Hayes from CAFOD.
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Twenty four Sacred Heart pupils, along with a group from Notre Dame and STAC, took part in a chaplaincy project, working together through performing arts workshops, to prepare for a concert at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. The children involved were a great credit to the school, and all agreed that the opportunity to work with people from different schools was one in which they really had to learn how to put aside their ego, and listen to each other, in order to understand better how they could work together. Madam Boyle attended the concert in Croydon and was very impressed with the professionalism, spirit of adventure, and kindness shown by our pupils who performed to over 500 members of the public in the concert hall.