Over the past few years we’ve been working closely with St Columb’s College, Derry. Our partnership with the school means we can work with teachers and pupils to explore global justice issues, and we benefit from the support the school offers us when it comes to fundraising and generating income for our programmes.
It all started in 2012 when a teacher at the school contacted us to see what more they could do to support the charity and to provide more opportunities for the pupils to learn about international development, the root causes of poverty and the actions we can all take to combat injustice. The school fundraised for a Cultural Trip, to see first-hand the work that we do in Tanzania. The trip had a profound effect on the students and teachers alike, so much so, that they wanted to do it all over again this year!
Children in Crossfire believes that our cultural trips help create a network of informed, compassionate and inspired citizens; citizens who can share stories from our partners in Tanzania and who can take action for a better and fairer world. Further, we LOVE an opportunity to meet with teachers and students and hear their thoughts and opinions. This is why our cultural trips involve a much longer and in-depth process that just the trip itself.
Children in Crossfire’s Cultural Trips have 4 stages:
Stage one: Preparation
We meet the group, identify their needs and spend time exploring local and global issues. This stage is vital for building a team. We need groups that can work effectively together, look out for each other and help create an atmosphere that nurtures reflection and growth. We also need groups that can critically explore the underlying causes of poverty so that they can address these issues through taking action against the injustices of poverty and inequality.
Stage two: The Trip
In Tanzania we have amazing partners in Dar Es Salam, Mwanza and Moshi. The group will visit the partners, learn about the services they provide and the context they work in, and have an opportunity to see first-hand the powerful work that can only happen through donations and fundraising. This part of the cultural trip nurtures the participant’s ability to practise compassion and creates opportunities for dialogue and exchange. A participant from our previous culture trip said: “It was a life-changing experience, I am in awe of the work that Children in Crossfire do”
Stage three: Return and Reflection
After a trip, we know how important it is to meet up after a period of reflection. We do this to check in with people about how they are feeling and to keep the memories alive and fresh. Travelling overseas can be a challenging experience. We care about how the group feel on return and work to motivate them to become change makers by taking compassionate actions.
Stage Four: Continued Engagement
Groups are always motivated and passionate on return. We want to use that energy to help share stories and bring new supporters on the Children in Crossfire journey. At various stages throughout the year we meet with participants and benefit from their continued support.
We are so excited to be bringing a group to Tanzania with us to have the experience of a lifetime. One of the students put it best:
“Looking forward to seeing a new culture, learning more about the work that Children in Crossfire do and seeing the beautiful continent of Africa for the first time!”
Stay tuned for updates! Asante Sana! J