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Geography Students Make a World of Difference

25/11/2013
Some of the Year 12 Geography students involved in World Vision sponsorship, 2013 (Yes we're a serious bunch)​
For the eighth year, another batch of Geography students and a range of teachers have continued their World Vision sponsorship. 
 
Happily, after three years of sponsoring Amaya Anely Andrade, a young Chilean girl from a poor community near Santiago, conditions have improved dramatically. Through the students’ and teachers’ donations, Amaya and her community are far more self-sufficient, with educational and medical facilities, reliable food and fresh water now being far more widely available.
 
With this community on track to a better life, we now have the privilege of sponsoring a new child: Nadine St Louis from Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world. Nadine and her family live in a barren, rural area located on an island about 155km from the capital. Most people are fishermen or farmers, but poor soils and environmental degradation make it hard for them to produce enough food. Poor diets, dirty water and limited health knowledge lead to the spread of diseases and health clinics lack trained staff and supplies. Children must travel far to reach schools where resources and trained teachers are in short supply. Not surprisingly, school drop-out rates are high.  It is here, now, that we aim to make a difference.
 
This year, a total of $1070 was raised by Year 12 and 11 Geography students (see below) and staff from around the school, with about half of this going towards child sponsorship. Special mention must be made of a number of exceptional contributors: Raileigh Maurer, Mrs Heath, Melaine-Lee Attridge, Catherine Whitchurch, Jayde-Elle Ford and Mrs Kerr.
 
The extra money raised this year (close to $500) was donated to World Vision’s Multiplying Gift Appeal (http://www.worldvision.com.au/ourwork/Solutions/tentimes.aspx). By supporting the Multiplying Gift Appeal, our donation was multiplied ten times through World Vision’s partnership with the United Nations World Food Programme. This means that Caboolture High students provided around $5,000 worth of life-saving food: enough to feed 100 families of six for one month. This is an extraordinary way to make a difference in the world. Well done!   
 
Our aim is to continue this sponsorship indefinitely so that each year a new batch of Geography students will “Make a Difference” to a child who lives in poverty.