Students Raise More Than $6000 for Nepal

Fast 2016
When kids decide to stick to rice and water for a day, you know it has to be for something worthwhile.

DDCS recently held their annual Fast for Freedom day and raised more than $6500 to help stop human trafficking in Nepal.

Secondary students lived on rice and water for an entire day, while primary students ate rice and water for lunch and recess at school.

"We are delighted to have raised what we have and we couldn't have done it without all our students, families, staff and community support," DDCS chaplain Arlagene Groves said.

“Fast for Freedom” is a school initiative that grew out of a student-led campaign to support Project Safe Haven in Nepal.

Project Safe Haven provides safety and education for Nepalese girls rescued from human trafficking.

The students learned than in many Nepalese villages, there are often no teenagers, as most have already been sold. The girls are usually sold into the sex industry and the boys into other forms of slavery - such as human body parts for the medical industry.

Mrs Groves said the whole school community and local businesses had gotten behind the students.

“I am amazed by the generosity of the businesses who agreed to support our students to, in turn, support the children of Nepal" Mrs Groves said.