Braunton students respond to tsunami appeal

10:00 13 October 2011

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Visit by fund raiser Caroline Pover inspire Year 8 geography students at Braunton School

BRAUNTON School geography students have heard first hand from a North Devon born fund raiser who has been working tirelessly to help homeless victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Author and publisher Caroline Pover has lived in Japan since 1996 and was able to tell her enthralled Year 8 audience not only about life in another country but also her efforts to help following the March tsunami.

The Gazette reported then how she was travelling the UK visiting schools and organisations – including Braunton’s South Mead School - appealing for donations such as clothing and toiletries.

Braunton’s pupils heard how during the last six months she has put her efforts and the donations into helping the devastated fishing community of Oshika-Hanto.

They heard what life was like living in a country threatened by natural hazards – a topic they are currently working on - and to find out through stories and images about the effects during and after the terrible tsunami.

Caroline is now raising money to build homes for the people of the fishing villages, so they can rebuild their lives in a land that has been home to them for generations.

Each costs around £7,600. Land can be cleared in a day and houses built with local resources by local people, often using material from the tsunami debris.

Braunton School and its students are now planning a variety of fund raising events to support the appeal.

“This type of presentation always engages the pupils,” said head of geography Nick Langmead.

“They are able to see that what they are learning about isn’t just on the television or in the newspapers - it is about real people, real lives and that everyone can help to make a difference.”

Principal Dave Sharratt added: “I was impressed with Caroline’s presentation, she captivated the students who now have a much greater understanding of Japanese culture and the huge challenges faced in the aftermath of the tsunami.”

Find out more about Caroline’s work and how you can help at www.carolinepover.info/earthquake-mission.

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