Bishop Vaughan Catholic School, Swansea, have spent a year fundraising nearly £900 for a CAFOD project in Eastern Kenya. Nationally, the project has raised over £200,000 to transform over 1,440 lives by restoring the reservoir to bring water back to Kitui.
The pupils at Bishop Vaughan School held many events throughout the year to help fund the project. They collected spare change, held bake sales, raffles, and other competitions, including a treasure map contest to raise a total of £892.
Two years ago, CAFOD launched the Hands On project in Kitui and supporters from across South Wales joined to fund the restoration of the reservoir. In just 24 months, the landscape was transformed as the £206,517 raised paid for tools, seeds and saplings, construction materials and transportation. It has also gone toward providing training and specialist engineering support.
Mr Crudge, a maths teacher at the school, said:
“I started the project when I was head of year, we held an assembly about Kitui and all the children got involved and ran the fundraising projects.
“It was the fact that we were able to follow along the progress, the message we wanted to get across was that small change makes a big difference.
“As it was KS3, it was the younger children who took responsibility for the project. We have a group of children year 7 and 9, who did a collection on a Friday and it all added up.
“They held cake sales and for Lent we did a raffle with a chocolate Easter egg hamper. Even though the Kitui project has finished, we are still carrying on raising funds for other CAFOD projects.”
Now that the Kitui project has ended, we are calling on supporters in South Wales to donate to our new Hands On project in Bolivia.
The country’s region of Altiplano is facing erratic and unpredictable rains that have left the soil dry, cracked and unsuitable for growth. The people rely on this rainwater to feed their growing crops and without it, living here is a matter for survival.
Over the next two years, Altiplano resident Eva and a small group of expert farmers and water specialists want to bring hope to the thousands of people living in this harsh environment.
The project hopes to provide the Altiplano communities with irrigation to bring much-needed water to the soil, training in new farming techniques including making wormeries, and greenhouses to protect delicate and nutritious vegetables from extreme weather.