Sharing the Journey, sharing our stories

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Bishop Mark with Shakirul Islam, Shamsun Nahar & Omar Faruque from CAFOD partner OKUP

 

Marking Refugee Week we’re celebrating all of the fantastic stories we’ve been hearing a sharing of all of the Share the Journey actions that have taken place and are planned around the Diocese of Plymouth .

Bishop Mark helped us start our Share the Journey action by leading our campaign day at Buckfast Abbey on 5th May; opening the event with a powerful address on the Holy Father’s campaign, which inspired us all to immerse ourselves in the campaign and revisit our own stories of migration and refugees through his personal reflection and encouragement.

Speaking at the event we also heard from Shakirul Islam, Shamsun Nahar & Omar Faruque from CAFOD’s partner OKUP organisation in Bangladesh, about their vital work protecting migrant workers from abuse and supporting them afterwards. We were also joined by Libby Abbott from CAFOD’s campaign team who gave us a great overview of the Share Journey campaign and Nick Hanrahan from JRS who talked about their work with refugees in the UK.

At the Share the Journey event, organised by CAFOD and the Diocesan Justice and Peace commission, CAFOD volunteers and supporters joined J&P activists began to plan their campaign actions together.

Over the past few weeks parishes have been organising their Share the Journey walks and campaign actions around the diocese, and schools have organised whole school community and staff walks too! We have been inspired to hear about all of the actions and hope to hear stories from many other communities about their actions too; please  let us know your plans and share your stories and pics by emailing plymouth@cafod.org.uk

…in the meantime see below a few of the beautiful photos from St Mary’s Abbey, Buckfast’s combined parish Share the Journey walk.

For more information about the Share the Journey campaign visit: https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Share-the-Journey or call us in the office on 01752 268768.

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.