As we journey through the Year of Mercy, the Education Volunteers Training Day took the opportunity to reflect and look forward to what 2016 will bring when educating students on the work CAFOD .
The Volunteers are a dedicated group of people who visit the schools within the Westminster Diocese to share the work of CAFOD. The day allowed them to look back on what they had achieved in the past year, including visiting over 60 schools.
The reflection continued as volunteers shared their experiences going into schools, including running the banana game which helps students understand more about Fair Trade and ‘Climate Change’ workshops which show how students can take action through CAFOD’s One Climate One World Campaign.
Looking ahead to 2016, CAFOD Westminster schools volunteers hope to combine the words of Pope Francis’ letter to us all, Laudato Si’, with the aims of CAFOD.
“Access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right”
(Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 30)
They are also looking forward to running assemblies and workshops on the Year of Mercy and of course the Make a Splash Lenten theme. CAFOD’s Lent resources for
CAFOD works with the communities of those in poverty and facing the repercussions of climate change. Through personal stories of those that CAFOD has worked with throughout the world, the power water can have a life changing effect. For example this Lent, primary school children will hear the story of Nadopun aged 9 and her family from Northern Uganda whose lives were transformed when CAFOD mended their local bore hole.
One of the many highlights of the day has to be the Life Without Taps simulation game in which the Volunteers got to experience, the hardships people go through when they don’t have access to clean water.
Whilst the workshop focused on the education of Primary and Secondary school volunteers, it is important for us to educate the next generation, just as we ourselves have been inspired to support CAFOD.
“I was thirsty and you gave me a drink”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering in schools email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0208 449 6970