Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fund Raising

By Tiina Mustakangas-Laukka

Thanks to the visit of the Commissinor of Unesco in Tanzania, Mrs. Modester M. Mwinula, at our school in November, Haukipudas High School now has a friendship school, Benjamini Mkapa Secondary School, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

The students and the staff of Haukipudas High School are now collecting school bags and school equipment (notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, calculators, mobile phones etc.) to our new friends in Tanzania. We are hoping to be able to send the school bags to Tanzania by Christmas 2007.

In the future, our intention is to expand the co-operation to various student projects, and to the donation of even larger items such as English novels, fax machines, copying machines, computers and video conference equipment.

Through this weblog, we encourage our students and our friends in the USA and Tanzania to exchange ideas on global issues. We believe direct connections and communication with one another is the best way to learn about the realities of life in Finland, USA, and Tanzania, and in that way deepen our global understanding.


amo said...

School bags, paper and pens are beginning to pile at school. Excellent!

This is a simple way to do something for others. More importantly, it is very meaningful. If we are able to make it at least a bit easier for someone to get an education, this campaign is a success.

I can sincerely recommend this kind of project also to our friends over the Atlantic, Medina High School.

Kassie said...

I think the idea and thought put into this will touch so many many. The fact that you are trying to reach out to them will put a smile on their face. People in these developing countries need our help. Every little bit counts. It is good to start out small. I think that giving school supplies to these countries will help greatly. We all should respect what we have because not everyone has it as good as us. We should just stop and think about the other people in this world who need our help. We can make a difference, even if it is just a small one, it can help. This is a great start and I can see it processing into even broader ideas and ways to help. Great work! Keep it up!

medinahaukipudas said...

Thanks Kassie for your encouraging comment!

Mother Teresa's quote on helping the poor and the needy suits here well too:

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."

abby said...

I think it's a great thing to be giving to those in need. We can make a difference by our simple gifts. I know that my school, medina high school, and my church are involved in giving, both money and supplies, to Africa as well as other places. It's great to be able to bring joy to those people and make an impact!

Josh said...

I think it's a great thing what you guys are doing there over at Haukipudas High School. It's nice to know that people in other countries are making a difference in the world. I also think it's a great idea to communicate with people from other countries, to see what they think about Global problems. This is a good way to show the world that we care about others. Great job!

Ian McGuire said...

A lot of us over in Medina are doing a lot of donating(considering we can't exactly be there ourselves), our teachers have done countless donation rallies and have made thousands of dollars, we'll see what happens.

Megan said...

I think the idea is really good. I like knowing there are people out there trying to make a difference in the world. It's a great idea :)

Helvari said...

I am impressed. This is so much better way to help third world countries than just give them money. Some of those items are pretty expensive, too. And what a great example this is for the others. I hope that this kind of helping will become more common because this really give concrete results.

Taneli and Janne said...

That's good start. All we need to give them lots of money and it will be better place to live.