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. 

Volunteering for CAFOD Plymouth

Damien Hopton in the Office

Here’s our Awesome Social Media/Give For Free Volunteer Damien Hopton who’s been helping us process our Give for Free donations and set up our social media for 2015 today.

Damien has been volunteering with us for over 8 years and has made a huge difference to CAFOD Plymouth’s work ,through which he’s made a mega difference to many lives around the world!

Why not join us and volunteer like Damien…

Could you help us with any of these voluntary roles ?

  • Deanery Area Coordinator (Torbay, North Devon, Mid/North-Dorset)
  • Parish Contact
  • Parish Group Team Member
  • Office Volunteer (our office next to Buckfast Abbey in Devon)
  • School Volunteer
  • Youth Volunteer
  • Campaign’s Volunteer
  • MP Correspondent
  • Media Volunteer
  • Social Media Volunteer
  • Event’s Volunteer

Contact us to find out more about volunteering with CAFOD:
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