School Partnerships – support from Cardinal Vaughan School
We have identified a growing trend for younger supporters to engage with our work. From youth pilgrimages to school fundraising events FHL is successfully nurturing the next generation of donors. This sort of involvement can be a ‘win win’ situation for schools and youth groups, building participation in activities and engendering a sense of social responsibility.
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London is a wonderful example of what happens when a school community collaborates with FHL. The School is committed to making donations of around £3,000 each year to support the School of Joy in Beit Sahour and to cover the fees of Christian children studying there. The ties between the two schools are close, with School of Joy Director Fr. Mamdouh making visits to speak at assemblies, selling olive wood items made by the students and in November 2019, two teachers from the School of Joy spending a week at Cardinal Vaughan to learn new teaching methods. Most recently, pupils have been involved in creating 75 shoebox Christmas parcels to be distributed to pupils at the School Joy.
Accessibility to a Christian education contributes significantly to the security of the Christian community in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan and we urgently need more funds to support Christian education in Holy Land. Church schools in the Holy Land receive very limited state funding so need to charge fees to cover essential overheads. These fees are not at all comparable with private education in the UK but are still beyond the reach of many poor Christian families.
Sophia Herbst – Community Service Coordinator at The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
“Our partnership with FHL and the School of Joy has provided a way for our students to share what they have with their Christian brothers and sisters in the West Bank, to show them they are not forgotten.”
If you have contacts with a school or youth group who might value working more closely with FHL please let us know. A monthly gift aided donation of £25 would cover the FHL contribution to school fees in the West Bank. Perhaps you know a school or youth group who could raise £300 to cover the annual fees for one child?