Salesian College Chadstone Fight Against Poverty

Number of children in the world: 2.2 billion
Number living in poverty: 1 billion (every second child)

For the 1.9 billion children from the developing world, there are:
640 million without adequate shelter (1 in 3)
400 million with no access to safe water (1 in 5)
270 million with no access to health services (1 in 7)

This term our college community is focusing on the fight against Poverty. We are raising awareness for different kinds of poverty and the causes and effects it has on different people within our global community. We are drawn back to the quote from the Annual social justice statements, “Building the kingdom of God: The kingdom is… characterised by justice, peace, love, wholeness, well-being, and the unity and solidarity of all, founded on the uniqueness of each… whenever we act out of love and compassion, justice and peace.”

Part of this focus involved Anti-Poverty Week which ran from the Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 October.

During Week 2 of Term 4, the college community is finding out and hearing stories of poverty from all over the world. A member of the Sacred Heart Parish, Oakleigh Asylum Seeker Support Program spoke to students in Year 7 and 8 about the work they do and the people they work with. The money we raised from our casual day on Friday 18 October will be going towards this program to help them with the valuable work they do.

Students have been completing different activities throughout weeks one and two of this term to allow them express their views against poverty and educate themselves and others within the school.

During Anti-Poverty week we will also be launching our annual Christmas Hamper Appeal. The food we gather will be local families experiencing poverty over the Christmas season. If you would like to donate any Christmas foods, please send them to school with your son this term, they will then be delivered to M210 to be sorted.

Year 7 and 8 classes made sock puppets to illustrate what they would like to stand up for, in reference to poverty.