Recently, two Catholic School Board students, Laura Limarzi (Gr. 12/Assumption) and Tyler Girard (Holy Names) spent several weeks in Kenya with the Free the Children organization helping to build a school. The primary goals of Free The Children are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world.
Statistics tell us more than 30,000 children are dead and another 400,000 are malnourished enough that their death is only a matter of time. The worst drought in 60 years and rising food prices are the main culprits of the current plight affecting the continent.
Laura and Tyler’s return home coincided with the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board’s Together in Faith Day, a day when all Board employees gather together to celebrate our faith and start the school year on a positive note.
News of the horrific situation in Africa, our student’s journey and the theme of the day, “If you love me, tend my sheep, feed my lambs” brought clear focus to a situation the Catholic school community said they could not ignore.
A collection was taken up that day and they report that $12,607.81 was donated by Separate School Board staff to Free The Children. Matching funds from the Federal Government brings that total to more than twenty-five thousand dollars.
Fundraising efforts for Africa continue, as a few Catholic Board schools have chosen to continue to find ways to raise money for those children afflicted in Africa.