Young philanthropist helps victims of St Vincent volcano
Posted: Wed, 05 May 2021 15:00
Some of the donations being loaded up
Santana, an inspirational student at St John Bosco College Battersea (SJBC), launched a fundraising campaign to help the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines, following the devastating volcanic eruptions of La Soufrière in April. With the support of his amazing mum and staff at SJBC, he appealed to fellow students and their families to donate supplies and cash, and also managed to mobilise the local community including other schools, businesses and banks. He is pictured above with SJBC's Miss Ahmad and Chaplain Fr Saju John SDB, loading up some of the donations collected at the school.
The 14-year-old's family are from St Vincent, where the volcanic disaster led to the evacuation of thousands of people, damaging homes and schools and severely impacting the whole infrastructure. It has left very many people homeless and without basics like water, food and clothing, sparking a humanitarian crisis which the UN fears will last for months, and its effects have also reached the surrounding islands of the region.
SJBC filmed Santana making his appeal for a school assembly, and acted as a collection and drop-off point for donations. The target of the Sanz101 appeal is to collect enough canned food, bottled water, clothing, hand sanitiser, children's books and other basics to fill 10 barrels, which will each be given to a family in St Vincent who have lost everything. They also appealed for donations to give ten families some money to begin rebuilding their lives, or phone credit to help those evacuated to stay in touch with each other in this desperately worrying situation.
Santana's mother thanked SJBC for supporting his efforts, writing, 'My son is a proud student at this amazing school and will continue to embrace his journey in St John Bosco College with more pride, and acknowledges the awareness his school has created to inform his peers as to the current crisis in a region he calls home, as a child with Caribbean parenting.'
Well done to a young man who is a wonderful role model, and of course, to his proud and supportive mum, who has brought up a son with admirable values and given him the confidence to act on them.
You can find out more about the campaign and how you can help on the link to the Facebook fundraising page below.
Photos via Sanz101 St Vincent Volcano Relief Fundraiser