Three Little Pigs, Christmas Gifts and a School Full of Smiles

One Little Pig in The Philippines

One Little Pig in The Philippines

Four Years ago, this November, Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm to make landfall, hit The Philippines. Schools, parishes and individuals generously donated to our emergency appeal which raised £5.4 Million in total. The response from schools was fantastic with a huge range of fundraising activities arranged from cake sales to 24-hour basketball marathons.

We have a team of Schools Visitors who can offer an interactive assembly for your primary school which is especially accessible for Key Stage One as it is includes the story of the 3 Little Pigs.

Advent is on the way

With Advent quickly approaching our volunteer visitors can also help ensure our global family are part of your reflections and celebrations.

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Reading Launches our Young Leaders

Many thanks to our new CAFOD Young Leaders who attended their first day of training yesterday at St Joseph’s College Reading. Year 12 students from three schools in the diocese signed up to the training: St Peter’s in Guildford, St George’s in Weybridge and Salesians in Chertsey. They joined students from the Portsmouth Diocese meaning that  60 young people have volunteered to be CAFOD Young Leaders.

St Peter's students speaking to the other leaders

St Peter’s students from Guildford speaking to the other leaders

Sarah Burrows from CAFOD’s Youth team started the training by welcoming the students and staff, and reflecting on “our place in the world” . After a few lively ice breakers the students matched up facts  and figures from the World Statistics activity which included the fact the 1.1 billion people don’t have access to electricity.  Then the students explored their idea of a leader and shared their thoughts on the qualities of leadership.

CAFOD's Sarah Burrows inspiring young leaders

CAFOD’s Sarah Burrows inspiring young leaders

The afternoon focussed on CAFOD’s Power to Be campaign and with the help of a variety resources the Young Leaders were asked to produce a short presentation to promote the campaign.

The day concluded with the Power to Be activity where everyone was asked to write a thought or prayer about access to energy on a ray and place it on the sun.

Young leaders have the Power to Be

Young leaders have the Power to Be

Many thanks to the staff from the schools who are supporting the students in this training and for accompanying yesterday. Also thanks to St Joseph’s college Reading who hosted the day and provided excellent refreshments!

We look forward to hearing  how the Young Leaders promote the Power to Be campaign in their schools -do send us your photos, and see you for next training day on 25th January.

Are you inspired? Why not join in our Power to Be campaign or look into taking part in our Gap Year Program.

Perhaps you want to help our work with children and young people and are interested in becoming a Schools Volunteer? Get in touch with us if we can help. or 01483 898 866.

The Power to Be Sun

The Power to Be Sun

All Things Brightened Beautifully at St John’s, Horsham

Children of St John's with Maria, Martin and Head Teacher Mrs Bono

Children of St John’s with Maria, Martin and Head Teacher Mrs Bono

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.

St John's - in the heart of Arundel and BRIGHTon

St John’s – in the heart of Arundel and BRIGHTon

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.

For more information on our work and resources for primary schools, see our primary school page. For more information about Harvest Fast Day, see our Harvest page.