25 Jun 2014
The girls have worked in groups to raise funds for a selected beneficiary from the micro-lending site, www.Kiva.org. Education of girls in the Philippines was the focus of two groups who were inspired by Ms Douglas' Assembly talk about the importance of girls' access to education and the kidnapping of girls from a school in Nigeria. Similarly money was lent to a Filipino woman to expand her small business so that she can send her children to college. Support was also provided for a young man in Ecuador to expand his business and follow his passion for farming. Another farmer who received a loan was a widow in Kyrgyzstan who is struggling to provide for her family. And a woman from Uganda has been funded to expand her business so that she can secure housing. These are examples of just some of the very worthwhile projects being supported by the girls. Their endeavour, enthusiasm and passion for their cause has highlighted their commitment to global citizenship. They have researched issues in third world countries, gained an understanding of hardship faced by others much less fortunate and collaboratively shared their findings with their peers. We are very proud of the girls and their creative fundraising activities which has raised over $1500 in three weeks. These have included a staff car wash service, a sausage sizzle at Safeway, numerous bake sales, hot chocolate stands, even a locker cleaning service (gloves and tongs required!) Well done, girls!!
Mrs Penne Ebbage
Years 7 and 8 LEAP Co-ordinator
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