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Caritas Challenge: Room 1 and 2

This year the Caritas focus was Timor-Leste.  We learnt so much about the history of this country, from how they were colonised by the Portuguese to the Indonesian Invasion, and their fight for freedom of so many years.

We learnt: 

How women were marginalised, how hard it is for families to send their children to school.

What the differences are between ‘The Developing World’, ‘Third World’ and ‘First World’ nations.

About the UNITED NATIONS, and their goals, such as:

1.   No Poverty

2.  Life on Land (protecting the environment on the land)

3.  Partnerships to achieve the goal (working together).

4.  Clean water and sanitation 

What life is like for the average child in Timor-Leste, and just how blessed we are to be brought up in Aotearoa.

About the challenges for all people in Timor-Leste, but especially women.  

How an organisation called HAFOTI works tirelessly to empower women of Timor-Leste in so many different ways.

About the struggles the country faced due to occupation as well as invasion, and how so many brave people fought for change. People like Bishop Belo and Hose Ramos-Horta’s who stood for the rights of their people, who made the world listen! 


What it means to believe in something and what it means to be an advocate.

The importance of RECONCILIATION, how it gives everyone FREEDOM, PEACE and HOPE..

what it means to be free and thank God for our freedom.

 

Our Challenge

Once we’d completed the unit we embarked upon our Caritas Challenge.  Have a read to see what we did for the day!


We spent the day in the school hall without tables, chairs or any digital technology.  As there were about 60 of us, we had to compete with the noise of each other’s chatter and work really hard to stay focused.   The only stationery us students had were our pencils and a pad of paper.  Our teachers had a single easel type whiteboard with one or two whiteboard markers and a duster.  They’d also put together a board filled with images of children from around the globe showing how difficult it is to access education for some people, the limited resources, the conditions at schools, at home for follow up work, etc. We used the images to help us with our brainstorming of ideas to write our FREEDOM and HAFOTI acrostic poems, as well as our prayers.  These we wrote on prayer flags (made from old teatowels), to be hung along our school fence when we do our final fundraiser for Timor-Leste.

The day was interspersed with us learning some Timorese language, such as members of the family, colours and numbers.  We did this in unison, repeating and chanting what the teacher said.  We discussed the effectiveness of this learning style, both pros and cons.  In the end we felt very grateful for our modern, comfortable, well-resourced classrooms.

While half of us were busily creating our poems, the other half were engaged in our service project. For this we worked in groups and were each given a different recipe to follow.  We made 4 different ‘no-bake bakes’, each equally delicious, but no chance for us to taste!  We selected, we measured, we weighed, we worked together to produce a range of tasty delights.  At the end of the day we packaged our treats with love and sent them off to our local Salvation Army and Christian Foodbank.  Both these organisations were more than thrilled, since the following day they’d be putting together food parcels for families in need.

At the end of the day we gathered around our prayer centre again, read some of the prayers we’d written and sang a Timorese lullaby, Mai Falie. This was in support of all mothers and children, especially in Timor-Leste.

 

Mai fali è – Come Home

Mai fali è, fila fali è,

Mama bolu ita fali e. x 2

Loron atu tun ona,

Fulan atu sae ona.

Mama bolu ita fali e. x 2

Mai fali è, fila fali è,

Mama bolu ita fali x 2

Mama bolu ita fali

 

Come home, do come home,

Our mom is calling us home.

The sun is setting,

The moon is shining.

Our mom is calling us home.

  

Check out our photos of the day!

 

Our Prayer Centre for the day, images related to our topic, Timorese flag, tealights in a baking tray (as we baked for those in need), the larger candle ‘Let us Go Together’

 

 

Our 'Technology' for the day! 

 

 

Discussing the photos on the photoboard. 

 

 

 

Practising the Timorese lullaby, Mai Falie

 

 

 

BELOW ARE A FEW PHOTOS OF US GETTING STUCK INTO BAKING TO GIVE TO THE SALVATION ARMY AND THE CHRISTIAN FOODBANK IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.

 

 

  



 

HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE PRAYER FLAGS WE MADE USING OLD TEA TOWELS.