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After hearing about ChildFund Australia’s Start Strong, Stay Strong project in Zambia, the students at Kingston School in Medan, Indonesia were inspired to take action. Each grade decided to raise money in their own way to support children in Zambia.

Vicki, a teacher at the school and a long-time sponsor with ChildFund Australia, says: “The children were very moved by the statistic that about 300 children under five die every day [in Zambia] – this is the size of our school. They found it hard to believe that a child could die from a high fever, which they just go to the doctor for and take an aspirin. That put everything into perspective for them.”

Monica, Nicole and Ira are in Primary Five. They shared their experience with us:

“We, Primary Five students, started fundraising from October 2012 to help Zambia, especially the babies and mothers. We had a donation box and each of us donated money. P5N raised about Rp 1,000,000 ($100AUD) and P5E raised Rp 600,000 ($60).

On the 7th December 2012 we had a Christmas celebration and we had a bazaar, fundraising for Zambia. We sold toys, which we made ourselves at home, food and drinks made by us, and flashlights. Our total effort came to Rp 4,000,000 ($400).

We enjoyed donating and selling because it was so exciting and like our parents in real life! We also think this is a good thing because we helped mothers and children in Zambia. And we did it as a team.

We want to encourage more people to donate. Go Zambia! Start strong! Stay strong!”

The seniors at Kingston School also commented on the event:

“We had fun selling for the Zambian children and mothers. This was a great experience for us and it’s good to help others. We learned how to sell and appreciate teamwork. We hope that our donations will be useful to improve the health and education system there.”

A special thanks to Monica, Nicole and Ira for sharing this story with us, and to all the teachers and students at Kingston School for supporting our work – together you raised almost $3,000 to help young Zambian children have a healthier start to life. Thank you!

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