St Bede’s Primary Walk for Water .

Thank you so much to St Bede’s Primary school in Basingstoke for taking part in CAFOD’s Walk for Water Challenge and for raising an amazing £800 – well done.

Ellen from St Bedes told me “On Thursday 25th March, St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School Basingstoke turned out in force to walk for water.   We created obstacle courses for each year group, which had to negotiated by children carrying full buckets of water.  A wonderful time was had by all, including the obligatory soaking of teachers at the end!  The children understood very well that they were having fun carrying water, unlike children around the world who have to do it as a daily chore.  The total raised so far for all our Lent activities is over £800.  Well done, St. Bede’s!”

St Bedes Primary Basingstoke hear Fabiano’s story.

St Bede's Primary school

St Bede’s Primary school

Hello to St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke and thank you so much for welcoming  Roger our CAFOD school volunteer to your school.  In the Harvest fast day assembly Roger told you about Fabiano a 14 year old boy from Uganda and showed you this film.

Roger showed you how having a solar powered water pump in his village has changed Fabiano’s life. We asked Fabiano what the pump meant to him and his community. He told us:

“It means a lot. It means life.”

Having a pump in the village means it’s much easier to collect water for cooking and cleaning. It also means that the community can grow vegetables. Fabiano has much more free time now. He is enjoying his studies, and he is also a Health Prefect at school, helping other people to understand how the water pump can help everyone stay clean and healthy.

Fabiano from Uganda

Fabiano from Uganda

Thank you so much to Roger for visiting St Bede’s Primary. We would like to give children like Fabiano the help they need to change their lives so please give generously to our Harvest fast day appeal. 

Staff at St Bede’s Primary School explore the plight of refugees.

St Bede's Staff

St Bede’s Staff

Many thanks to Linda Heneghan our school volunteer for the Reading area for exploring the plight of refugees with staff from St Bede’s Primary in Basingstoke . They took part in a CAFOD workshop called “On the Move” which simulates the situation of refugees who have to leave their homes at short notice because of war or violence. Part of the workshop explores discussing which items you would take with you if you only had 10 minutes to pack a bag, and then reflecting on whether these would be the best items to take afterwards. The workshop gives a real insight into the difficulties refugees face when they are forced to leave their homes and travel to safety.

Staff at St Bede's

Staff at St Bede’s

Our school volunteers work in Primary and Secondary schools across the diocese delivering assemblies and workshops about CAFOD’s work. We are always looking for more school volunteers so if you are interested please contact portsmouth@cafod.org.uk  or call 01252 329385