A HUGE well done to our fantastic students in Secondary, who participated in the Readathon, raising a whopping 31,406 CZK. Not only this, but they overwhelmed the Park Lane teachers with their passion for reading books, with some students reading up to 17 novels in the space of two weeks!
This money will go directly to the Abdelazziz family - Suaan Alissa, her husband and their 6 children: Bilal 15, Aisha 13, Yayhe 9, Khaled 7, Abdelrahmane 6 and Waleed 3. The family are living in ramshackle shelter in Azraq, Jordan, built by Bilal and his father from scrap wood and metal sheets. Mr.Abdelazziz is not allowed to work, as the Jordanian government have passed a law preventing Syrian and Lybian refugees from gaining work permits.
The family have chosen not to live in the refugee camp in Azraq as conditions there are bleak and refugees are kept behind the fence as virtual prisoners. However, this means that life is very tough for the family and the parents struggle to provide for their children.
Our money will be spent on purchasing 4 goats, cheese making items, as well as vaccinations for the children. We are very excited to hear that the Abdelazziz family will now be able to save the money they have been spending on expensive cow's milk powder and instead produce their own milk, yogurt and cheese. In addition, they plan to begin breeding goats and perhaps even sell their wares to the local community.
We are so proud of our students for their humanitarian spirit with this cause and are incredibility grateful to their families and friends for the support they have offered through sponsoring the students. Because of them, one refugee family is now able to sustain themselves for the long term. We hope to be able to support more families in need over the coming weeks, so watch out for future fundraisers!
Erica Warne, Subject Leader for English