Pupils of St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Havant and parishioners at St Michael and All Angels in Leigh Park held a special ‘Make a Splash!’ event last Sunday after Mass to help raise awareness of our Lenten appeal.
The water activities began on the bright sunny morning as a creative way of drawing attention to the global issue. Some parishioners also made donations towards the appeal after hearing pupils’ talks in church.
Right now, 650 million people are living without access to clean water. 2.5 billion people lack something as basic as a toilet and sewage system to flush away their waste. It is also estimated that women and girls spend 125 million hours a day collecting water, which means time away from work, school or playing with friends.
The money raised by this event will give children, particularly girls, around the world a better chance of being able to go to school – girls such as 15-year-old Guti from Uganda. Guti nearly dropped out of school because there was no clean, safe water and had to walk to the river for water to drink or to wash.
CAFOD partners were able to repair the water pump near Guti’s school, provide a portable sink and soap for handwashing, and train teachers to help pupils learn good hygiene routines. This has meant fewer pupils miss school due to illness and some girls are taking high-school exams that only boys took before.
Thank you to Jeff Sendell, the Assistant Headteacher at St Thomas More Catholic Primary for sending us these photos and this fab short film (below) and thank you to all the pupils and parishioners who took part!
Read more about our special Lenten appeal. And don’t forget – all proceeds from events like these right up to 9 May will have double the impact this year because we have once again successfully secured UK Aid Match Funding. This means the UK government will match pound for pound every donation made to our Lenten appeal – up to the value of £3.5M. Terrific!