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Rebuild the Wall

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]In February 2019 students and staff from St Joan of Arc Catholic School visited Calcutta, India. Whilst there we spent time at various centres supported either in the past or currently by City of Joy Aid, UK. At one home, we met some young girls who had been trafficked - taken from their homes at a young age and forced to do unspeakable things. These girls now 16, 17 and 18 are getting the help and rehabilitation they need to go on to live fulfilling lives. Unfortunately they cannot be returned home as they were taken at such a young age that they don't know where they are from. These girls were beautiful and full of life - they taught us how to have hope and we taught them how to 'floss'! They were now living the childhood they deserved, in a loving home, getting an education.[/p][p]The other centre where we spent most of our time is a home for over 300 children affected by leprosy from all over West Bengal. All these children are homed here at Udayan so that they too can have a safe childhood, get educated, and break free from the poverty that living 'at home' would trap them in. The children who live at Udayan go on to become nurses, mechanics, police officers and a range of other vocations and professions that enable them to support their whole family, even whole communities, attain a better quality of life. They all want to make a difference and help others![/p][p]On the whole, the children of Udayan are safe. However, in the last monsoon season a large section of their perimeter wall surrounding the girls’ accommodation collapsed. During the visit we also noticed that other sections of the wall are unlikely to survive another monsoon season. This is not good for the children of Udayan, some as young as three-years-old. Despite increased security, stray dogs are able to get in and unsupervised children may wander-off. There is the added risk of other sections collapsing, as well as the reality that we live in a world where some people see children as something to be exploited.[/p][p]The children we met had experienced things that no human being ever should. Despite the love and care they now receive, the scars of their mistreatment run deep. Please help me and the students of St Joan of Arc Catholic School, protect other children from such tragedy. Help us rebuild the wall. The centre could put money aside for these repairs (as they have already begun to), however this means that they would not be able to support as many children as they can whilst they divert funds towards a maintenance project instead of the mission of freeing children from a life of poverty.[/p][p]The community of St Joan of Arc Rickmansworth has been fundraising in a variety of ways.[/p][p]Headteacher of St Joan of Arc Catholic School Rickmansworth, Peter Sweeney, cycled from St Joan’s to the 5 Catholic Cathedrals of the Province of Westminster, in just 22 hours on his own! Rickmansworth, Northampton, Nottingham, Norwich, Brentwood, Westminster and back home. That's over 600km (370 miles). That's the equivalent to London to Edinburgh![/p][p]Please give if you can.[/p][p]Thanks for visiting.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

06 Mar 2019


Jul 4, 2020

Deb Mendel-Lion

Leaver's Gift


Oct 11, 2019


£5000.00 plus £1250.00 Gift Aid

Jul 16, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2019

Shona OBrien

Well done Peter.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2019

Caroline and Richard Edwards

Well done Peter, amazing!!

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 8, 2019

Chris - Green Team

Well done amazing.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Jul 6, 2019

Caitlin and Hettie Grimes

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2019



Jul 2, 2019

The Wilmots

Well done Peter! Looking forward to hearing your next crazy fundraising ideas.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 2, 2019

The Nolans - from St Johns School

Great effort for a wonderful cause!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Liam Lynch

Liam Lynch

Peter Sweeney

Peter Sweeney