Stu­dents go­ing with­out to sup­port Su­danese refugees

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY CAITLAN JOHN­STON

Ohaupo¯ ¯ School stu­dents went with­out food, a bed and tech­nol­ogy for last week’s 40 Hour Famine.

This year the famine sup­ports the child refugees of South Su­dan.

The O¯ haupo¯ stu­dents chose what to go with­out based on what a child in Su­dan might live with­out.

Bianca Win­stan­ley-Moun­sey was one of 33 chil­dren from the school tak­ing part.

She went with­out food for 24 hours and pre­dicted it was go­ing to be hard be­cause food was her favourite thing.

Bianca de­cided to take part in the famine af­ter watch­ing a World Vi­sion film of the refugee chil­dren in Su­dan.

“The rea­son I’m do­ing it is be­cause that film showed me that I would hate to be in that war and a lot of them have lost their par­ents,” Bianca says.

“I would hate to lose my par­ents.” Other stu­dents went with­out food too, but some also went with­out talk­ing, sit­ting, tech­nol­ogy or fur­ni­ture.

The group started the famine on Thurs­day, June 7.

Those go­ing with­out food would not be al­lowed to eat for 24 hours and those do­ing other things would have to go with­out for 40 hours.

The fol­low­ing day the chil­dren took part in a refugee camp ac­tiv­ity set up in the hall by teacher Michelle Hol­loway-Smith.

The stu­dents were di­vided into refugee foster fam­ily groups and were given one blan­ket, ra­tions, wa­ter and bar­ley sugar lol­lies.

Through­out the day the stu­dents learnt about the liv­ing con­di­tions of the child refugees by tak­ing part in chal­lenges and recre­at­ing tools to sur­vive.

They each made a tippy tap us­ing min­i­mal re­sources.

Tippy taps are used in refugee camps to en­sure peo­ple can wash their hands and re­duce the spread of dis­ease and in­fec­tions.

They also made ba­sic wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tems and were chal­lenged to turn murky wa­ter into clean wa­ter.

Michelle says the chil­dren changed their ideas about what it means to be priv­i­leged.

“The stu­dents used to think priv­i­lege was own­ing a Plays­ta­tion or go­ing to McDon­ald’s,” Michelle says.

“By the end of the day they de­scribed priv­i­lege as hav­ing food, clean wa­ter, liv­ing in a peace­ful coun­try with no war and hav­ing a fam­ily.”

The stu­dents have been rais­ing money to help the chil­dren in Su­dan.

They hope to raise $1000 af­ter host­ing a school disco.

Some of the chil­dren have also been door knock­ing and fundrais­ing at sports games.

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OHAUPO ¯ ¯ School stu­dents went with­out food, a bed and tech­nol­ogy for last week’s 40 Hour Famine.

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