Pupils at Norwich School have raised over £300 for the Norwich based charity Care for Children. The money has been raised whilst also increasing awareness and helping with important research for the charity as part of the pupil’s weekly community outreach programme. Care for Children partners with governments in Asia to help create a positive alternative to institutional care through local family-based care for disadvantaged children. The charity currently works in China, Thailand and will soon expand into Vietnam. Isabelle Francis from the charity said “The pupils at Norwich School have been extremely enthusiastic about the work that we do. They have not been afraid to get thoroughly involved in the projects at hand and have been incredibly committed. We are very grateful for their hard work throughout the last few months.”
Sixth Formers led an assembly about Care for Children at Norwich Lower School (pupils paid a pound to wear red or yellow), and at Cringleford Primary School, where the children placed coins around a map of China. The schools also benefited from Mandarin lessons and crafts led by the Mandarin Club, and had the chance to purchase Chinese snacks for Chinese New Year.
Sixth former Anna Tighe, who worked on the project, said “Working for Care for Children has been such a great opportunity to help fundraise for such a worthy charity and has given us all a sense of achievement and happiness knowing we’ve done something to help others who need it more than ourselves.” Andy Sexton, Leadership and Community Service Co-Ordinator, added “Norwich School is pleased to be able to create awareness and support a charity which in partnership with Governments in Asia is helping to place disabled children in families. All children need the stability, care and love that a family can bring. Care for Childrens’ model is thought-through as it retrains orphanage staff to train and support families and it re-purposes orphanages into community centers.” More information on the charity’s work can be found on their website www.careforchildren.com.