Walk for a Bus

 

12 August 2013 | General Interest

Walk for a Bus

Written by Catherine and Declan (Cagliero volunteers in Salelologa, Samoa)

 

We have had an amazing four months volunteering at Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre in Salelologa, Savai'i. Throughout this incredible journey we have continuously looked for ways to improve the student's education and wellbeing. We have learnt a lot about mission work and ourselves, and realised that an essential part of this 'mission' experience is to be present and make a commitment to this community of people around us and help them in whatever way is needed. 

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Fr Mosese, the Principal of our school, has been concerned about student attendance and the student's safety when travelling to and from school for quite some time. He came up with the idea to walk around Savai'i and raise money for a school bus.

We wanted to be part of this cause, as we believe that this is one way we can fulfill our mission of helping this school community and assist them to achieve this goal. We want to give all students in Savai'i the opportunity to receive a holistic education; academically, socially, culturally and spiritually so that they can reach their full potential in life. We believe that a bus will open up that opportunity to more young people on this island. There are four main reasons why we are walking for a school bus:

  •  to provide alternative safe transport for students
  • to enable those who currently can't afford to pay for their bus fares to come to school
  • to ensure regular and punctual attendance at school
  • to provide transport to and from sporting, cultural and educational events
Walk for a Bus

 We have experienced first-hand the difficulties that some students face when travelling to and from school each day via public transport. Village buses are extremely overcrowded, infrequent and often drivers will take adults as passengers before students because their fares are triple the price. This leads to numerous problems, such as some students having 12-hour days to travel to and from school and others missing school as they are not being picked up from the side the road.

On Monday 19th August, Fr Mosese and both of us are setting off to walk 180km around Savai'i to raise funds for a school bus. We are planning to complete the walk in 7 days. Along the way, we will overnight in villages and take the opportunity to talk with families in the village and encourage parents to support their kids' education. We want to send the message that this could be as simple as helping them with their homework or spending some time reading at home. We are very excited about this initiative and have started our training and preparation for this walk.

If you would like to know more about how you can support this cause, please visit The Cagliero Project's website http://www.cagliero.org.au and follow the "Walk for a Bus" link or 'like' us on Facebook to keep updated at http://www.facebook.com/WalkforaBus If you would like more information you can also contact Catherine at catherinelutvey@gmail.com and Declan at dcrowe_93@hotmail.com

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