How a little service can go a long way
The students of Matamata Christian School’s room three now have a better understanding of how a little service can make a big difference.
As part of a child poverty and slavery study earlier in the year, room three teacher Michele Lee encouraged the students to think of an organisation to support.
The students then created small businesses that they could manage to support that organisation.
Lee said although the class was excited about the project, choosing just one organisation was difficult.
‘‘There are children in the class with ties to organisations and they felt quite passionate about those causes. I explained that if we pool the money together, rather than a little bit here and there, we could make more of a difference.
‘‘I knew if I made them support one thing, they wouldn’t be as passionate about it, so it had to come from them,’’ she said.
The class chose to give to People Aid, supporting families in India. Their project would fund a rickshaw, which would supply an income, self sufficiency and dignity for one family.
In India, rickshaws are a major mode of taxi transportation for people taking short journeys. If a family has to hire a rickshaw for employment, they lose some of the income to the owner and it cannot be used for personal use. If they own it they can take the profit and also rent it out.
The class needed to raise $750 to fund one rickshaw.
In groups, the students devel- oped small businesses, a business plan and a budget. They ran their businesses at a mini fair held at the school, which included a car wash, sausage sizzle and selling home baking and over 100 hand made cards, which made $780.
‘‘The kids worked hard to make a real difference,’’ said Lee. ‘‘The girls got together a few weekends before to make the cards and the day before for the baking, it was really special.’’
Lee said last week room three were informed the rickshaw had been assigned to a family, which was very emotional and exciting for the class.
‘‘They were really excited to see that their hard work actually paid off. Some of the girls were very teary. They have seen a photo of real people, with their children, standing next to their rickshaw, it’s become real to them, they have really made a difference, which is cool.’’