Concerned for the people of Nepal, and inspired by their recent experiences there, members of the high school Habitat Club sold prayer flags and handmade bracelets to their peers. This fundraiser took place during the first two weeks of May. Prayer flags are an integral part of Nepalese culture, and can be seen outside temples throughout the country. The five colours of prayer flags represent the 5 basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Balancing these elements brings harmony to the environment and health to the body and mind. As a result of their efforts, and the generous donations of a Mentor parent, $2000 was raised! Because the Canadian government is matching all donations to Nepal, $4000 will now go towards helping Habitat for Humanity provide emergency shelter kits and transitional shelter. With thousands of people left homeless, monsoon season approaching, and a second major earthquake this week, these funds come at a critical time.
Motivated to continue raising awareness and support for the Nepalese people, Mentor’s Grade 6 classes will be extending this fundraising campaign over the next few days. As part of the Grade 6 curriculum, students are learning about Canada’s connections with other countries, including the kinds of foreign aid Canadians provide through NGOs and IGOs. This will be a valuable opportunity to further explore their learning in a meaningful way.
It is also worth noting the thoughtfulness of Mrs. Izzi’s Grade 8 Mentor class. After winning a challenge among all three Grade 8 classes, these students opted to donate their winnings to Habitat’s relief efforts instead of enjoying a class pizza party.