Just before the children broke up for the Christmas holidays, CAFOD visited Our Lady’s RC Primary School in Hereford to talk to the children about the legacy of the Year of Mercy and the plight of refugees around the world.
Our Lady’s is a small, city school near the centre of Hereford with a lovely family orientated feel. One of their mottos is “to enable children to reach their full potential so that they may
“have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Therese Warwick from CAFOD South Wales delivered the whole school assembly and afterwards pupils Year 4, 5 & 6 gathered together in the main hall to think about people who have become refugees and how we can all show that we care about them and share their hopes and dreams.
Mrs Woolaway, the head teacher, said
“we value one another as being uniquely precious.”
The children learned about the Lampedusa Cross which was made from the wreckage of a boat which sank in October 2013 carrying 500 refugees. The boat caught fire and only 151 people survived. Francesco Tuccio, the island’s carpenter made crosses for the survivors.
“We have seen the face of Jesus in the face of every refugee.”
Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis, Greece
The children were encouraged to think about their own hopes and dreams for the future and why refugees were leaving their own countries. They wrote their personal and often poignant messages of hope to show solidarity with them.
These messages continue to be downloaded and shared with refugees around the world.
Jesus, friend and brother
You know what it is like to be hungry and thirsty.
You know what it feels like to be a stranger
who is made to feel unwelcome.
You know the suffering of all who have lost everything.
We pray that by showing our care for refugees
we may show love for our neighbour
and be closer to you.