Mia feels for Nepal

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JACK FLETCHER

Mia Ward is only 6, but that hasn’t stopped her do­ing what she could for the Nepal peo­ple, still strug­gling to get back on their feet af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing earth­quakes that rocked the coun­try re­cently.

While watch­ing cov­er­age of the dis­as­ter Mia recog­nised some peace flags flut­ter­ing in the wind at Ever­est base camp.

‘‘Mum’s friend gave us one when she came back from trav­el­ling,’’ Mia said.

With the idea of mak­ing her own flags, and with help from her mother and a few older pupils at Tawa’s Hamp­ton Hill School, Mia used some old sheets from home to cre­ate hun­dreds of multi-coloured squares on which class­mates could write mes­sages of hope.

Over sev­eral days, the pupils wrote lov­ing and inspiring thoughts on the flags, with Mia lead­ing the charge.

‘‘I wrote, ‘We will sup­port you and we hope that you don’t have any more earth­quakes’,’’ Mia said.

Her mother, So­phie Rob­bers, said they got the idea when watch­ing tele­vi­sion cov­er­age from Nepal.

‘‘Mia saw some of the peace flags and said, ‘Hey those are like our one!’ and it just went from there.’’

She said the idea as­so­ci­ated with the flags was of com­mu­nity and em­pa­thy.

‘‘The prayers you write on the flags are picked up by the wind and sent off around the com­mu­nity. It re­ally shows that kids are com­pas­sion­ate and em­pa­thetic. They al­ways see the good side of things.’’

Rob­bers took the 161 com­pleted flags home and sewed them to­gether to cre­ate a ‘‘string of pos­i­tiv­ity’’.

She said now the flags were com­plete, she wanted to find help to get them to Nepal.

‘‘I don’t want to just post them to some­one and have them get lost in the mail.

‘‘It would be great to get them there through a char­ity or aid or­gan­i­sa­tion and make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple in Nepal.’’

Pupils at Hamp­ton Hill School with the flags they made for the earth­quake-hit peo­ple of Nepal.

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