Showing immense empathy and compassion, the students of St Catherine’s High School in Pembroke collected enough clothes and food to fill a van. The collected material will be donated to the refugees who disembarked in Malta last week. The students managed to collect dozens of bags full of necessary material and the items were then picked up by Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) on Friday.
The collection drive was carried out after the school called on the parents of all the students to donate essential items like warm clothes, underwears, blankets, etc for the stranded migrants. According to a report by Malta Independent, the students also asked JRS Malta director Katrine Camilleri if some of the refugee children could visit the school. They also offered to collect more material for other migrants.
The St Catherine’s High School has been actively promoting the spirit of supporting the stranded migrants and has also been willing to provide its assembly hall for them to stay. Special assembly sessions were also organized for both junior and senior school to raise awareness on the issue.
The students participated in activities like preparing placards with ‘humanity first’ written on them. “All these will now be on display at the school corridors to remind us that no matter what, Humanity always comes first,” Head of School Sue Midolo was quoted as saying. The refugee crisis has led to several people migrating to different countries sometimes travelling on dilapidated ships. These refugees then remain stranded on the ships for days altogether before an agreement is reached.