Goodwill gift from Swansea to children in Peru
YOUNG Peruvian children have received some Swansea goodwill, thanks to the efforts of pupils.
Headteacher of Hafod Primary Rachel Webb recently paid a visit to the south American country, where she distributed gifts, including books, pens, pencils on behalf of charity Macmillan.
Pupils in a number of Swansea schools have been raising money for the charity, which has been working with them to raise awareness of cancer and of their work.
Joining Ms Webb on her visit was Unicef worker Sarah Hooke, as well as mascots donated by Swansea schools, and following their schools visit, the pair also got to climb a 4,500 metre mountain trail, to Machu Picchu, the 15th-century Inca site.
Rachel Webb said: “This year pupils have been raising money for Macmillan and awareness of the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child
“Article 24 is the right for every child to have access to health care and this was the focus of the trip.
“Sarah and I made visits to three schools in Peru, taking gifts of paper, books and pens. We also gave the children toothbrushes and toothpaste and taught them how to clean their teeth.
“The trek itself was incredible. Because we went through different zones, we experienced hail, snow, rain, and by the end it was blistering sun.
“And the landscape itself was incredible.
“Lots of Swansea schools have helped us by holding sponsored events, and next week will be thanking them at an event in the school next week.
“Both Sarah and I want to say a special thank you to the amazing Swansea schools who have helped, and also to family and friends who always give generously.”
Just two days after returning from the visit, Rachel and Sarah joined pupils from Hafod and Blaenymaes primaries who gave a presentation to Swansea Council, urging the authority to adopt the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Councillors unanimously agreed to do so, meaning councillors will have a duty to consider the rights of children in everything they do.
The trip to Peru came a year after Rachel and Sarah visited Tanzania, where they too part in a another mountain challenge, climbing to the top of Kilimanjaro, to raise money for Unicef’s charity work there.
And planning has now begun to visit base camp Everest in the Himalayas next year.