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Learning Journey on Climate Change
November 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
On 4 November 2022, Restful Waters welcome 41 students from Marymount Convent School to participate in a program: “Learning Journey on Climate Change” They were accompanied b two teachers, Ms. Evelyn chia and Ms. Elaine Han.
“The Restful Waters Learning Journey was indeed a very fun experience for me. I learnt some interesting things from the sharing such as the poor living conditions of the multitude of people in other countries due to climate change and how the Good Shepherd Sisters helped them in their time of need. Having a better understanding of how climate change has affected so many lives, I was touched by how the Good Shepherd Sisters and Good Shepherd mission partners around the world contributed to help the victims. After this meaningful learning journey, I have a better knowledge of the seriousness of climate change and would contribute, to the best of my ability, to save the earth and millions of people.” by Liu Ye Jia, Primary 5 (Perseverance) of Marymount Convent School, Singapore.
These were the words of an eleven-year-old, who attended a reflection led by Ms Melina Ong and Sr. Lucy Chia. In the sharing on 4 Nov 2022 at Restful Waters, Melina introduced the documentary, entitled The Letter, which featured the encyclical letter, Laudato Si, written by Pope Francis in 2015. This heart-wrenching film featured four main interviewees who represented various groups of victims of the ecological crisis from across the continents.
Together with Ye Jia were schoolmates from the Environmental Science Club Co-Curricular Activities from Marymount Convent School. In the Club, the girls were exposed to the realities due to climate change such as global warming and learnt that every conservation effort like food waste reduction, recycling and cherishing nature, is crucial.
It was enlightening to have Melina share with the girls about the mission that the Good Shepherd Sisters in other countries have embarked on, such as in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Luanda, Angola. In addition, Restful Waters had a mission trip to build a water filtration system for the Good Shepherd Charity School in Vietnam due to unclean water source. These were such rich lessons that inspired the girls to go forth and help others.
To put their learning into action, the girls had a hands- on activity of planting. Onions, garlic, and vegetables were some of what they planted. Sr Francesca taught them how to fill their pots with soil and submerge the stem-cuttings into their soil. The girls were excited and enjoyed the planting activity. It was heartening to see them grow not just their plants, but also their love for nature. than one or two pots to bring home! Some of them even requested to have more.