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Youth Outreach Coordinator
HI – My name is Graham Bell. I have been an educator for the last 13 years, teaching at both primary and secondary levels in the UK and in international schools.
It’s been three weeks since the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, and WFP has distributed food assistance to about 850,000 people. The operation will continue until the end of 2010, and the intensified strategy will now likely require more than $800 million to complete. With a new distribution system in place, WFP aims to reach two million people with a 25 kg rice ration within two weeks. Beneficiaries will receive coupons which they can then trade for rice on a designated day.
In this operation, the most complex one the organisation has ever launched, WFP is also targeting orphanages and hospitals. Victims in these facilities are the most vulnerable following the disaster, and WFP has provided support to nearly 50 orphanages and hospitals. The goal is to reach 37,000 orphans to prevent malnutrition from compounding the already dire circumstances in Haiti.
By 2 February, WFP confirmed receiving more than $200 million in donations, more than $30,000 of which has come from “Students Helping Haiti.” If you haven’t done anything yet, here’s some fundraising ideas: a bake sale, change collection during lunch, out-of-uniform day, auctions, a dodgeball tournament, a soccer tournament – whatever you like! Read more about what schools are doing to make it happen.
Together we can make a difference.
For one day, students didn’t get in trouble for texting during school – in fact, it was encouraged.
Through WFP’s texting to help Haiti campaign, students at Lakes Community High School raised $940 just by using their cell phones. During their lunch period, students were allowed to text FRIENDS to 90999 and give $5 to WFP’s relief. The school in Lake Villa, Ill. joined “Students Helping Haiti” last week and raised nearly $2,500 as of 26 January.
The students at New Canaan Country School must bake some incredible cookies. Through a bake sale, they raised $3,310! The Connecticut school donated the proceeds of the sale to “Students Helping Haiti” and said they hope to continue collecting funds for the earthquake victims.
Students at Rome’s Marymount International School used their fashion sense to help Haiti. On 8 January, the secondary school students dressed in red and blue – the colors of the Haitian Flag – as part of a fundraising “dress down day.” To participate, students paid €5, and the money went toward “Students Helping Haiti.”
The elementary school students did a similar fundraiser by hosting a jeans day, for which students made contributions to Haiti in order to participate.
Last year, the school held a Hunger Awareness Campaign, and combined with the two out-of-uniform days, Marymount raised more than $8,000 for “Students Helping Haiti.”
When a student goes to a school with a uniform dress code, there’s nothing better than a day in one’s own clothes. Add in the fundraising factor of an out-of-uniform day, and the day becomes doubly gratifying.
That’s what the students at Burford School did to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. For a small donation, students were able to dress in their regular clothes, and the proceeds of the day’s collection went toward “Students Helping Haiti.” The school, located in the United Kingdom, raised more than $2,300 through this effort.