It takes a village

The African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child” has been taken to heart by the Manning Valley NSW (Australia), as everyone from Taree High School students to small business owners and civic leaders prepare a warm welcome for a group of 24 central African refugees.  The group will visit the area August 3 and 4, and is made up of individuals and families on humanitarian visas, who have been living in Sydney for several years after fleeing conflict zones in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.  On July 26 Taree High School students, led by Amani Jensen-Bentley, produced (and happily devoured!) homemade goodies to help raise funds to pay for visitors’ bus petrol. More than $290 was raised. “I understand that it’s very difficult for refugees to get the opportunity for rest and relaxation,” says Bill Griffiths, Rotary Assistant Governor.  “I’m happy we can play a part. Let’s hope that the children will face a far brighter future.”