Colourful fish at St Bede’s Primary Basingstoke

Roger at St Bede's Primary

Roger at St Bede’s Primary

Hello to everyone at St Bede’s primary and many thanks for welcoming Roger Coveney our CAFOD school volunteer to your school. We hope you enjoyed the “Big Fish” assembly about the Lent appeal and the workshops. Roger told us that during the workshop the children were asked to choose two of these words from the display love, share, act, think and pray and write them on their fish and discuss why they choose those particular words.

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During the assembly Roger told the children about Florence from Zambia and how a little fish called Bob had changed her life. Florence wanted to do something which would allow her to earn money to support herself and her two children. So with the help of CAFOD’s partner she built a pond and filled it with small fish.

Bob the fish

Bob the fish

When the fish had grown to full size she used nets to catch the fish and then sold them at the market. But the story doesn’t end there. Lots of great things happened because Florence shared her skills with her neighbours and now the money they get from selling the fish means that they can pay for their children to have an education and they have been able to set up a savings club to help anyone in need. Also when the ponds are drained, the mud which is full of good stuff from the fish droppings can be spread on the fields to help the crops grow. So this is how a small fish can help make a big difference to a family and their community in Zambia.


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