St Andrews Day IBBA Appeal
30 November 2018
Kindness is personal! An experience; a feeling. St. Andrew's Day has by passed me for most of my life, until recent years.
I was invited this year by the Stilring School of English to their St Andrew's event (held early to accommodate so many people from around the world) and to give a short talk about the Ibba Girls School in South Sudan and St. Andrew's Day if kindness.
£75 was raised and has been doubled by a UK giving campaign to £150 and sent to the school.
I explained that Volunteer Scotland's connection with the wonderful Ibba girls school started 3 years ago when professor John Benington helped us in a key project and when asked what we might do in return said; "Help the Friends of Ibba Girls School find funding". Since then we've taken the school into our hearts and raised around £10,000 with much more to do.
The first cohort of primary pupils are now entering the start of their 4 years of secondary education- the only female secondary education in the poorest country on earth. A shining beacon of hope and courage in a terrible context of violence and strife.
Whilst they need our help with a £300,000 annual cost they are also helping us with their inspirational community building. Dancing, singing, debating, modelling peace and harmony. They're showing us the importance of community building in Scotland.
We wanted to shine a light right back to them. Showing our support and encouragement and had the idea of us naming stars in the northern sky from all the individuals and groups in Scotland who are looking out for them. It's free to do and we'll create a star chart with all the names and a lesson plan to help the pupils and teachers find us in the astrological sky.
We're dreaming that in 4 years time the first graduates from the school will visit Scotland and meet us first hand and until then we'll smile on them from billions of miles!
Please consider making a donation and naming a star and making a small contribution to St. Andrew's day kindness. Where we are global citizens finding mutual connections and solidarity.
As we near the end of Year of Young People, it's also a way of honouring a fantastic year and recognising the value of just one school of young girls battling away in the most difficult of circumstances and showing us what can be achieved.
Happy St. Andrew's Day.