Special Fast Day Assembly with St Joseph’s Primary

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Education Volunteers, Isabella Lally and Roger Lillie were delighted to visit St Joseph’s primary in Christchurch this morning to talk about CAFOD’s work in Myanmar.

Isabella shared a story about how the changing climate has affected two families, one in England and one in Myanmar in Asia.

Firstly the children heard about 11 year old Lucy from Reading whose house was flooded last year as a result of continuous rainfall.  Lucy and her family are now thinking about how they can keep themselves and their belongings safe if another flood happens. They’re also campaigning to clear the brook of trees and other items that may cause it to flood again and the council are strengthening the banks of the river.  Isabella explained that Lucy is very interested in looking after the environment and has even campaigned to stop developers from building on the local water meadows and to protect the wildlife.

The children then learned about 8 year old Zin Thu Thu and her family who live in Myanmar in Asia.  Storms regularly hit Myanmar and when Zin Thu Thu was only two years old, a very powerful storm (Cyclone Nargis) hit the country. Even though the cyclone took place 6 years ago,  people are still being affected by it. For example trees were knocked down so there wasn’t any natural shade from the heat. This made it more difficult for people to work and affected the crops they grew and their animals. CAFOD is still working with the community to plant trees and repair roads that were destroyed.

In school Zin Thu Thu is now learning what to do when there is a storm.  Amongst other things the children learn what different disasters there are and how to pack an emergency bag.  The more frequent cyclones and floods are thought to have been caused by the climate changing.

Isabella then asked the children what they thought they could do to stop the climate changing so rapidly and help prevent disasters such as these happening.  Ideas included cutting out trips in the car and riding a bike instead or walking, cutting out fizzy drinks and drinking tap water or even cutting out using so much electricity and switching off TVs or computers on standby, or playing games instead of video games.

Thank you so much Isabella and Roger for visiting St Joseph’s this morning and thank you too to the pupils, staff and parents for all your support and enthusiasm for our work too. Thank you all!

For more information on CAFOD’s Lenten appeal and primary school resources please click here.

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