Martin from CAFOD A&B tells us about how he spent the morning of Harvest Fast Day this year.
‘I was delighted to visit St John’s Catholic Primary School in Horsham this morning with School Volunteer, Maria Hutchinson, for their Harvest Fast Day ‘Brighten Up’ assembly.
All students and a good many of the staff had dressed up in incredibly bright clothes to mark the occasion – and what a wonderful sight it was.
We learned about children growing up El Salvador and the different struggles they have; with growing crops, getting a good harvest, getting a good education and so much more.
We learned how CAFOD supporters, through our partners, have helped train people to grow different crops in sustainable and affordable ways, provide safe places for children to play and learn new skills, stay at school, start new businesses and share their skills with others.
The children were incredibly attentive, eager and well-behaved. Not only this, the older pupils brought in money to donate to CAFOD which totalled £305.61 – an incredible amount. The younger pupils brought in food to share with the local St John’s Night Shelter, an example of showing compassion to our neighbours both near and far.
Our thanks go to Maria, Mrs Bono and all at St John’s in Horsham (including the parents) for their enthusiasm, generosity and great welcome.