All Power to Be workshop at Christ the King School.

Today, Rowena a CAFOD Education volunteer in training, joined Bea at CTK. Our Brief was to get the children to make a large poster of messages to the World Bank about alternative energy investments.CTK 23rd June 2017 powere to be 023.JPG

After an assembly where the children learned about how putting solar panels in a school, clinic and internet cafe, and a solar pump on the water supply changed the lives of many in a district in Kenya, we discussed the importance of solar power.

They learned that the global North mostly benefits from renewable energies. However, we learnt that the technology has become so good, that it is not as expensive to install as it was 10 years ago. It has also become more efficient and now can be stored in banks of batteries.

Our brothers and sisters in the Global South can benefit from these improvements. CAFOD and her partners are installing solar power in communities in need and making a big difference. CAFOD feels using this technology is far less polluting than energy produced from fossil fuels, like paraffin lanterns and petrol driven generators for those who could afford them.

Children from year 2 learnt they could send a message to the Global North and wrote their say on “rays” to go on the sun poster.

One child wrote, “Why aren’t solar-power systems free for the Global South?

Everyone, teachers and children alike wrote their messages and we made 4 posters.

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Year 6 pupils, Shiarna, Emilia, Luis and Callum stayed to talk about their experience with the workshop.

Luis said “It’s important that the global South gets to use solar energy”

The others were impressed with having their say for those without a voice, and sending the message to the world.

Emilia said, “We got to say what we think”

Callum chimed in, “It’s good to express my opinion”

Many thanks everyone, Love and God Bless, Bea

We are sure that you are absolutely inspired by fantastic pupils of Christ The King, and want to take part in the campaign yourself. Click here to take actions online or view and order material to run your own campaign action in your community. 

Axminster Pupils Share The Power To Be

St Mary’s Catholic primary school in Axminster, invited 2 CAFOD Education Volunteers, Naomi and myself, Bea to come into the school to share CAFOD’s new campaign “Power to Be” with its wonderful pupils.

St Marys Pupils Shine During Workshop

We started the day with the “Power to Be” assembly, where a town in Kenya comes to life with the help of power supplied from solar panels. Not only is the town affected but the whole district too, with many opportunities provided by the electricity.

The assembly explained how children could now learn for longer thanks to new solar lights provided to them for study.  These are much better better than their old paraffin lamps which give off dangerous fumes.  In addition the community’s  medical centre now has power to keep vaccinations and medicines cool, so health is improved.   Also, a life giving solar pump for raising and storing water has enabled the market garden to flourish and become more productive. Diets and hygiene are improved thanks to this innovation.

The whole school looked at how important solar energy is for the peoples of the Global South. Not only does it impact on peoples’ lives, they can then begin to hope to achieve their dreams and have the “Power to Be”!

All the children and some staff wrote messages to the World Bank to say how important it is to invest in solar power for the Global South. The poster pictured is the result.

St Marys Power to Be poster

The older pupils also enjoyed the Unfair Football Game, and were able to empathise with our brothers and sisters in the fight against injustice.

“I think that in the Global South it is not always fair” wrote a pupil from Year 6. Another wrote, “I would recommend the CAFOD educational lesson (Workshop) to other schools” And best of all, “I really enjoyed it”

Wow. Well done all of you. Your poster is great.

Love and God Bless, Bea

We are sure that you are absolutely inspired by fantastic pupils of Christ The King, and want to take part in the campaign yourself. Click here to take actions online or view and order material to run your own campaign action in your community. 

Bags of Ideas and Growing Fundraising at St. Mary and St. George parish Totnes

Plants on the way to CAFOD Stall

St. Mary and St. George have raised over £400 since lent this year.  Recently they have done a sponsored slim, plant stall and are hoping to start a fruit and veg box over summer, all in aid of CAFOD.

I am sure all reading this like ourselves are inspired by this fantastic fundraising.  So why not get involved yourself,  are you or do you know any budding slimmer’s or people with green fingers or other creative talents together you can make a real difference to lives of our sisters and brothers around the world and put your faith into action. It does not need to be anything complicated a simple stall at the back of church with an honhesty box will do.

CAFOD Bags and Plants

For more information and support contact the CAFOD Plymouth volunteer centre on 01752 268768 or plymouth@cafod.org.uk

CAFOD Stall