‘Walk My Way‘ conducted by Australian Lutheran World Service in the Adelaide Hills SA and Darwin NT on 13 April and Warnbro-Mandurah WA on 27 April gave people the opportunity to participate in a 26km walking challenge and in doing so raise money to support children in refugee camps in Kenya and Djibouti to go to school. It was fabulous to see the involvement of so many staff, students, parents and friends from LESNW learning communities. Many connected to our learning communities were unable to participate so instead generously sponsored ‘Walk My Way’ participants.
ALWS set a target to raise $130,000 through these 3 events. To date $149,000 has been raised by 452 walkers, which in turn will provide 5,732 refugee children the opportunity to access education for 12 months. ALWS takes the funding support to Kenya and Djibouti through the LWF team (Lutheran World Federation) and the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).
The ALWS says thank you.
Because of people like you, children at Kakuma Refugee Camp have books, pencils & crayons. Principal Asende says: ‘I like teaching so much. I want these children to get knowledge like I have.’
Student Hayet is so grateful for her new school at Ali Addeh Refugee Camp in Djibouti. She says: “education is light. Who has not education, I think it is like they are blind”.
In Australia we are very fortunate and blessed people with so much for which to be grateful. The trauma experienced by the refugee families in Kenya and Djibouti associated with the dislocation from their homes and country is something that we cannot even imagine. The financial support that comes from sponsorship of events such as Walk My Way provides the opportunity for refugee children to receive an education which in turn provides them with hope for their future.
We can make a difference when we make Jesus our role model. If we regularly remind ourselves of how Jesus embraced poor people and the sacrifices He made. If we pray for the grace to emulate His loving, humble attitude. If we take His example seriously, we will be challenged to be generous in our support of those who are disadvantaged and in need. This is bringing love to life.
Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done. Proverbs 19:17
Blessings to everyone as you commence a new term of service to the students and families connected to your learning community. May God grant you much joy and peace in your vocation.
Shalom John Proeve