"If you've come here to help me, you're wasting your time. But if you've come here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together".
~ Lilla Watson
One of the most powerful experiences we have in becoming global citizens is to visit a developing country. An immersion into culture and tradition alongside exploring the issues and causes that surround poverty, hopefully planting seeds for a movement to create change.
Over Spring Break, 16 students travelled to India to volunteer with WE Villages. Collingwood's relationship with WE and their Education Pillar in the village of Barind is now into its 8th year. Over the years, our students have engaged in various projects to enhance the school facilities for approximately 50 students who share one class room. This year, our task was to start the build for a kitchen facility on the school grounds. Our 16 students along with teacher chaperones and in-country foremen were a strong building army and tangible progress was made.
While the primary focus of this trip is service, the experience offered so much more. Our students were able to engage with the children and local villagers to get a glimpse into a day in their lives. The WE program also educates our students on the issues surrounding poverty and how sustainable change can be made. Most importantly, our students were made to reflect on how they can step forward as leaders and carry this experience forward.
Our next WE Villages trip will be advertised and accepting applications in mid-May.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to Shannon Bosa if you'd like to know more.