Today Bloxham School is celebrating the Summer term’s Compassion Day. We caught up with Mr Moir to learn a little more about Bloxham’s efforts to support children across the world through CompassionUK. Mr Moir gives the following account:

Bloxham School currently supports nine sponsored children around the world, which has grown form the initial three children we sponsored in 2003, through the CompassionUK charity. Their slogan is “releasing children from poverty in Jesus’ name”. This charity works through the local church to reach out to families and communities of any beliefs in the poorest areas of the world through individual children.

Emmanuel (Cr) – 14 yr old boy from Kenya

Emmanuel Crake Compassion

Kwaku [Eg] – 13 yr old boy from Ghana

Dieuphecard [Mn] – 11 yr old girl from Haiti

Neema [Ry] – 20 yr old girl from Tanzania

Estiphanos [Sy] – 12 yr old boy from Ethiopia

Yomara [Sh] – 8 yr old girl from Peru

Zaneta [Wf] – 9 yr old girl from Indonesia

John Paul [Wn] – 12 yr old boy from the Philippines

Amadou [Ex] – 15 yr old boy from Burkina Faso

We write regularly to each child and receive letters from them and from their project leaders. Each term we have a Compassion Day on which we raise awareness of these children and their individual circumstances and raise money to support their sponsorship through voluntary non-uniform. This initiative is spearheaded in each house by 4th form students – our Compassion Ambassadors. Our sponsorship enables each child to attend school to their highest level, have medical check-ups and nutritional support, vocational training, be nurtured by their local church family and have a one-to-one relationship with us as their sponsor. There is also support for community projects and the children’s families.

Sponsored children graduate from their programme when they complete their education, usually moving from vocational training into a permanent job in their early twenties. This is true for all 3 of our original children who are now independently supporting themselves and their families.

It is a huge encouragement to have Bloxham students demonstrating their compassion for other children and families around the world.