Two schools, the Mosaik freeschool and Söderbaumska school, Falun Sweden, have together collected 65 000 SEK through the Swedish campaign Operation Dagsverke. For every SEK collected SIDA will tenfold, meaning almost 700 000 SEK will go directly to one of IAS project in South Sudan, a project which aims to reduce poverty for 10 000 people.
–Our school has for a long time been involved in Operation Dagsverke which means that students are helping other students, says Carolina Sundin, principal Mosaik freeschool.
Students from age 10 to 15 has been working for a day with different things to collect the money, some has been working for companies and others has been helping out at home.
– Some of our students also arranged a charity concert in Lugnetkyrkan and stood with collection boxes. Around 50 students from both schools were performing and even SVT reported from the gala, says Carolina.
Writing love letters
The younger students has been writing love letters which will be sent to the children and their families in the project. The love letters includes a greeting and some small gifts like a toothbrush, toothpaste, pencils etc.
-The response from the students are very positive. This is a day when they do something for someone else and they can see that their work gives result.
SIDA adds up ten times
–We have been using Operation Dagsverke for a long time in our school and this year we wanted to give our money to IAS. It´s an organization I know well and I know that their projects are well anchored among the people on ground, says Carolina.
For every SEK collected SIDA will tenfold, meaning almost 700 000 SEK will go to IAS project in Bahr el Ghasal in South Sudan. The goal of the project is to reduce poverty, helping 20 villages including 10 000 people with strengthening their societies and to involve them in their development process.
– We are very gratetful for this gift which we know will reduce poverty for a lot of people, says Andreas Zetterlund, country director IAS.