This week, Stephanie Beech and Lelia Bousbaa from The Good Shepherd Parish in Pendle will be travelling to Nicaragua and Zimbabwe as part of CAFOD’s Step into the Gap programme. Both are working for the chaplaincy team and for primary schools within the local area of Nelson and Colne.
Hannah Newsham, another member of the Step into the Gap team, has been working with pupils from Ss John Fisher & Thomas More High School in Nelson, to produce gifts and letters to share with CAFOD’s overseas partners. Pupils in the Year 10 & 11 St Vincent de Paul group have joined with pupils from year 7 to create ‘Pom Pom animals’ made from wrapping wool and lots of gluing and sticking teamwork.
The pupils had taken time to explore CAFOD’s work within both countries, understanding the necessity of working in partnership with each community. Pupils from Fisher More stand in solidarity with those young people overseas, as they too understand the need for making a difference in their local community.
Additionally, pupils from Year 9 have been working hard in their Spanish class to produce letters and ‘about us’ booklets to share with the partners in Nicaragua.
“I love learning about people and places, so I’m really excited that I can share part of my life with a family across the world.”
The overseas trips have been a fantastic opportunity for pupils at Fisher More to learn about CAFOD’s work and their projects overseas. They are looking forward to the return of Stephanie and Leila, so they can hear firsthand about their wonderful experience in Nicaragua and Zimbabwe.
If you would like to hear more about their experiences abroad, please keep an eye on the blog.