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Girls from City of Joy with school bags provided by Share the Light

 

On International Women's Day, Sophie Astles from Salesian-inspired charity, Share the Light, describes their support for the Salesian Sisters' work with women and girls in Zambia

Education is power. Historically, this fact has led to access to education being limited based on factors such as gender, class and ethnicity. In the UK, the first women to graduate from a British university did not do so until 1869. While in 2017, nearly half of women in the UK had entered higher education by the age of 19, access to even basic schooling in countries such as Zambia is often not available to female students. Pregnancy, early marriage and extreme poverty are all factors in restricting girls and young women, as well as an expectation that they will stay at home and help to cook, clean and care for siblings.

 

At Share the Light, we know how valuable education is as a tool for changing lives. We were created after a wonderful teacher recognised a need for sponsorship to keep children in school, and while we continue this work and other projects, we also support the Salesian Sisters' project for women and girls, City of Joy.

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia.

 

Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A safe and loving family home is certainly something I have always taken for granted, particularly as a child. Many of us are lucky enough for this to be a given and to grow up without even having to consider an alternative. However, for many children around the world, a secure home and family is not always the reality.

 

Zambia has been badly affected by the AIDS crisis, and this has left many families with the eldest sibling at the head. Alongside high levels of poverty, this leaves girls and young women particularly vulnerable, open to abuse and unsafe in their own homes. In response to this, the Salesian Sisters founded the City of Joy in 2008.

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In this month's article from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia, Sophie Astles celebrates the achievements of a busy 2018.

 

The New Year is a time to look forward, but also a time for reflection and taking stock on the past twelve months. It’s been a busy year at Share the Light, with plenty of successes to celebrate. Here’s a round-up of some of our highlights of 2018:

 

January:
We celebrated Fostina, (photo above) one of our scholarship students, as she finished the first six months of her nursing course. Fostina reached out to Share the Light in April 2017 after meeting many of the advocates when they visited the City of Joy. She had graduated with good grades, but had no funds to continue her studies. With our help, she started a nursing course in Lusaka in July 2017.

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First Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - The Porridge Club 

The four weeks of Advent are increasingly busy in our commercialised world, and while we wrap gifts for our loved ones, we need to take a little time to unwrap some spiritual gifts for ourselves.

As we prepare the way for the Lord in our lives this Advent, each week, we offer you a scripture passage and a prayer, and present four stories showing some of the ways in which Salesians of Don Bosco and members of the Salesian Family in the UK are living their vocation to reach out to the young, and following the Gospel call to compassion and mercy.

We hope the stories inspire you to act in this season of good will:


Could you:

Pray for the success of the work being done and the people who give and receive it?

Get involved in these projects, or others that support young people, by volunteering?

Make a donation to help this work continue?

 

In the first week of Advent, we hear from Share the Light, a charity run by young people, for young people, which began in Salesian School, Farnborough, and makes connections with young people in Zambia, providing friendship and practical support, including the Porridge Club, to give children a nutritious start to their day.

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The choices we make when shopping for Christmas can be uncomfortable, as we snap up mass-produced gifts, which are often produced by people working in poor conditions for very low wages. But visitors to the Christmas shopping evening at Salesian School Chertsey this week were presented with plenty of opportunity to shop more ethically for Christmas.

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia.

 

One of our key objectives at Share the Light is to develop young people who are articulate, informed and personally engaged 'advocates' for the developing world. This dates back to the first trip from Salesian College Farnborough to Mazabuka in 2012, and since then, the advocate programme has been a central part of the work carried out by Share the Light. It ensures that close links are maintained between the charity, the community and the projects we support, and helps engender a sense of investment in the success of our work. Our aim is to work with those we support and tailor our projects by listening and responding to the community, in order to provide assistance where it is most needed. Our advocates programme helps us to strengthen the ties that make this possible.

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