Oliver House has made Junkabal School their partner charity and aims to forge a long term partnership with the school and for children from Oliver House and Junkabal to get to know each other.
The Lenten fundraising activities are therefore the first of many initiatives to support pupils at Junkabal school. Oliver House School Council decided to raise money for the Wonder Foundation, a charity that supports Junkabal School in Guatemala City. This school now has around 450 children and serves the neighbourhood surrounding Guatemala’s largest municipal rubbish dump. The school gives hope and offers opportunities to children from some of the most marginalised and vulnerable families in the city.
In May 2017 pupils at Oliver House School presented a cheque for £3138.11 to Ruth Clark representative of the Wonder Foundation, which enabled more than 50 Guatemalan children to go to school for a year.
Children at Oliver House School have been involved in various fundraising events particularly during the Lenten period to raise a record amount of funds to support a school in Guatemala City and were proud to meet a representative from the Wonder Foundation, Ruth Clark, to present her with a cheque.
Every child took home their own Lenten Charity box and helped to fill with pocket money and donations. Events such as sponsored litter collections, sponsored walks on Clapham Common together with a homemade cake sale saw children collecting a total of £3138.11
It costs £60 to send a child to school for a year so the children have calculated they have provided schooling for 52 pupils for one year.