Friends of Street Children
Saint john Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy has a strong partnership with Friends of Street Children and in our school year we support them with donations, awareness and prayers.
The aim of Friends of Street Children is for every child to be safe, loved and reach their potential.
We are dedicated to supporting the Karama School in Kitwe, Zambia by keeping our promise to pay for a teacher for these children. With the help of a Dutch organisation, Wild Goose, we funded the building of a classroom and we continue to fund the salary of a teacher, Mia. We have also sent gifts of books for the school and additional equipment. We also support through them a home, Chibusa House, a hostel for street children with money, clothes and other essentials.
We visited Karama in 2006 and one of the Directors of Friends of Street Children came back to visit us in 2009.
We were delighted to welcome Jacqui Hegarty, Street Child Africa’s Education and Community Officer, to our school in January 2012. Jacqui spoke to the students in detail about the work of the Charity and how our students play a role. She left remarking that the visit to our school was like having a mini retreat and with gifts of knitted baby wear that the students and staff had made for the child-headed households in Uganda.
What can you do with a pound?
Mr Monaghan gave each pupil in Year 7 and 8 a pound with the challenge to return in four weeks with the pound or more.
Joseph Heath in 7HB set the scene by buying ingredients, baking cakes and selling them in the staff room. Alexia Fitzpatrick bought materials and sold beautiful cards and badges and 8RP worked as a team and invested in buckets and sponges and washed cars during their lunch hour.
The money raised will be given to Jacqui Hegarty during our Lenten Service on 26th March 2012 at 7.00pm to support our school charity, “Friends of Street Child Africa”.
Well done to all our young pupils, we are all very proud of you.
We also support CAFOD and know it is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales and the pupils and staff in Saint John Houghton delight in supporting this charity to bring hope, compassion and solidarity to poor countries.
Our pupils understand that CAFOD works for a safe, substainable and peaceful world. During Lent each tutor group will have their own Act of Worship to support awareness of “Thirst for Change”.
The pupils and staff at Saint John Houghton Catholic Academy have joined forces with CAFOD’s campaign, ‘Thirst for Change,’ to urge David Cameron to call on world leaders to end water poverty at the G8 Summit in 2012. Marie Molloy, CAFOD representative, was invited into school to inspire the pupils to follow the school prayer and ‘have the courage to do what is right.’ Rachel Rose, Lay Chaplain, has led the pupils in the CAFOD Water Quiz and led liturgies to Tutor Groups bringing alive the words of Jesus: “I was thirsty and you gave me water to drink.” The students held a non-uniform day and raised £800.00 which the Government will match pound for pound in 2012. Well done to all the pupils who thirst for change and have taken action to stop diarrhoea being the biggest killer of children in Africa.
We are proud to be a Fairtrade School and a group of students are preparing to support FairTrade Fortnight and hold a FairTrade stall in school once a month.