Students respond to the Nepal earthquake disaster

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Students at St Peters take action for Nepal Earthquake victims

Room 2 students Zoe and William with their weekly chapel offering to be donated to the ALWS Nepal Earthquake Action Appeal.

The students at St Peters were moved to take action to help the homeless and those in need after the devastating earthquakes in Nepal.

At a recent weekly whole-school meeting they decided to use their term 2 chapel offering to support the Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) Emergency Action Appeal.

“I’ll donate my tooth-fairy money to these poor people, because they need it more than me,” said a Reception student from Room 8

Each class has decided on a package from the ALWS appeal website to aim for; many of the classes have set their goal for a $210 Family Recovery Kit providing shelter, basic household essentials, a family food pack, clean water and a toilet.

“We researched the different care packages available through ALWS and were surprised by how many people needed help,” say the students of Room 9 (Year 1/2). “We were excited to raise $22 in our first week, knowing this was already enough to provide a family with basic household essentials.”

The students in Room 2 (Year 5/6) have also decided on a Family Recovery Kit. “We discussed this in our class and thought that we might even be able to raise enough money for two if we were able to commit to giving $4.00 per week for the next five weeks. We chose the family recovery kit because we feel that it provides basic needs for those people who have been left with absolutely nothing.”

Room 6 (Year 3/4) is aiming to raise $70 for clean water. “This means each student in our class only needs to bring in $2.70 each.  If we exceed this amount then we would love to also buy the family food basket for another $70.”

Rooms 7 and 8 (Reception/Year 1) are combining their efforts with a goal of raising $420 for a permanent house for a family. “We are encouraging each other to be mindful of the desperate need in Nepal and the practical way we can love others in the world” said Mrs Rathjen and Mrs Derrington.

ALWS-logo-smlALWS is a member of the ACT Alliance (a global alliance of churches of different denominations working together) and is committed to at least 90% of all monies raised being channeled to people in need.

A recent ALWS news release reports: “Our Lutheran (World Federation) team in Nepal is playing a key role, delivering your care in Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Sindupalchowk, Dhading, Lamjung, Kabre and Gorkha Districts. The Lutheran base in Kathmandu is HQ for churches worldwide responding through the ACT Alliance.”

Thank you for your support and encouragement for your children at St Peters who have taken this initiative to help their neighbour in need. For more information on the ALWS Nepal Earthquake Emergency Action Appeal visit www.alws.org.au.

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