Pupils from St Stephen’s Primary School in Longbenton have raised money for CAFOD’s Make a Splash appeal.
CAFOD (the Catholic agency for Overseas Development) will receive £150 after pupils organised a ‘fruit to suit snack shack’ fundraising event.
The event turned their regular healthy food snack shack into a soup shack.
For three days a week since last September, the shack was taken over by a group of pupils, who learnt about the difficulties of reaching water faced by people in poor areas of Uganda. One in four people in Uganda don’t have access to safe water and the burden of collecting it often falls on girls who often have to drop out of school. Donations from CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will fund education in sanitation and the building of latrines.
Kate Swaddle, a spokesperson for the school, said: “The pupils realised that having access to clean water helped and impacted on hygiene, sanitation and the children’s education.”