From September 2015 to July 2017 our school charity was Retrak. Retrak reaches out to the children who have been forgotten by their communities, children who have no one else to turn to and their vision is a world where no child is forced to live on the street. Retrak now operates in Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania.
During this time, as a Trust we raised an incredible £7,053.98 thanks to the support of our parents, staff and children.
The Retrak mission is:-
"To transform highly vulnerable children’s lives, preserve families, empower communities and give each of them a voice. We put children at the very heart of everything we do and will be fearless and tenacious in defending and promoting their rights"
On the 29th November, our donation following various different fundraisers was given an incredible boost. Retrak were awarded a special grant where any money raised for them was matched. It meant that our total donation of £710 became an incredible £1400!
12th April is the International Day of the Street Child.
As part of our work with Retrak, our trust charity for street children, we joined forces with them to help highlight the plight of street children through taking part in a social media campaign.
Children, in all our schools, lay down in the school hall (we were going to use the playground but it was wet) and they thought about what if would feel like to live on the streets - with no shelter, no food, no education and no protection.
It didn't feel right eventhough we were only pretending. However, for lots of children, in some parts of the world, it's a tragic reality.
Each night, more than 10,000 children are forced to sleep rough on the streets of Uganda in Africa.
Retrak took photo's of the activity we did, which they will use to raise awareness in their social media campaign.
As well as the activity, some of our children wrote sentences (using various sentence types learnt in literacy) to convey how they felt about the issue.
You can view the photo's and children's thoughts here:
Also, read Emile Sande's visit to a Retrak Centre through Red Nose Day.
We raise money for Retrak is lots of different ways.
In December 2016 we were involved in a card project - our children were twinned with children in the Retrak centres in Africa. They received a Christmas card template with a Christmas picture already done by a child from Africa, with their name on it. Our children, then drew or created a Christmas picture next to their 'partner's' picture and wrote their names as well.
The cards were boxed up and put up for sale at our Christmas Fair, to parents and carers and we raised an incredible £260 on the night of the fair. The cards were then offered for general sale the next day, with Retrak taking the remaining to sell on in other places.