A group of central Auckland primary school kids have set out to change the world, by turning a loaf of bread into a house for a needy family.
The Grey Lynn Primary students and their teacher Grant O’Connor launched the With One Loaf project in October. They started with a loaf of bread, which they traded for some DVDs. Several trades later and they now have a brand new $6000 sleepout, donated by tertiary institute NZMA.
NZMA runs a construction school in South Auckland and its students are required to build a sleepout as part of their training. They decided donating a sleepout to With One Loaf would be a great way to help their local community. The need for decent, healthy housing is extremely high in South Auckland.
“Several of our construction students have themselves struggled and grown up in less than ideal housing, so this is a project that is close to our hearts,” said NZMA’s Deputy Campus Principal for Construction Steven Nadollek.
“It’s really nice for us to be able to assist in this way, and we hope that this helps the kids get closer to achieving their ultimate goal.”
According to the children, they’re not giving up until they reach it - no matter how long it takes.
“We’re really lucky in our class. We all have nice warm houses to live in. But a lot of people don’t, and we really want to help them,” said 9 year old Cherry Quinn.
“We might just be kids – but we can definitely make a difference.”
In fact they already have. Not only have they now got a sleepout to barter, but they’ve also managed to donate a second hand kitchen and a brand new toilet to Habitat for Humanity Auckland, a not-for-profit organisation which helps people in need into decent housing.
Habitat’s Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator Katherine Granich was presented with the items yesterday, and was delighted.
“It’s really heart-warming to see these children striving to help others less fortunate. The items that they have given us really will make a difference to families in need,” said Katherine.
Now Cherry and her classmates are looking to barter their sleepout for something of higher value. Already they’ve been offered a second-hand car and boat, however they haven’t yet accepted as they want to make sure the trade will get them closer to their ultimate goal of a house.
Teacher Grant says he’s been “blown away” by the passion and enthusiasm with which his class have embraced the project.
“I’m 25 and it’s only now that I’m finding ways like this to help the community. These kids are only 8 and 9 years old. If they’re achieving amazing things like this already, I can’t wait to see what they’ll be doing by the time they get to my age. They’re a real inspiration,” said Grant.
To follow the progress of With One Loaf check out their blog: http://withoneloaf.blogspot.co.nz/
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