|The Environmental Club has been present and valued at Solidarity Teacher Training College (STTC) Yambio since the college began. At the beginning of 2023, after strengthening our commitment to reflection and action, we discovered the Laudato Si’ Movement and its principles; this led us to change our name and join this Universal Movement. It has been a journey of adventure and courage, educating ourselves and deciding on strategies. Thus, we approach experiences like: sustainability, recognizing that Water and Earth are our sisters, we call the Sun our brother … feeling family with all Creation! We take responsibility for valuing and caring for our common home. We experience more sisterhood with all women and men throughout the world.
To go beyond our campus, this semester we have formed six Laudato Si’ groups in 6 different primary schools in which we do our Professional Practice, each with a teacher who accompanies the group. We have shared how to plant, how to take care of the plants and developed some activities related to our identity as Laudato Si’.
The children have planted avocado trees, acacias, other shrubs and flowers, whose seedlings we already had prepared at our college. We are going to visit them with some frequency to give support and follow-up. In this way, the bonds among all teachers and schools are strengthened.
It is a challenge that is new to us but at the same time encouraging, because we can join in the same effort with many more people around the world!
Kuol Gik Daniel, our former coordinator of the groups says:
“To take care of nature is the first duty given to human beings by God at the beginning.
Disrespecting the environment is disrespecting God´s plan.
If we care for the environment, it will care for us.”
Sr Guillermina Vasquez
Solidarity with South Sudan is now a reality that exists because, since the beginning of the Solidarity intercongregational Ministry, you all have always believed in us: all of this is a reality that we face every day with confidence hope, joy but also with a lot of hard work. In this endeavor we continue to need your support; it is essential to enable us to give our best help in the care of our Common Home!So, we ask you, once again, to respond to our call for help and we thank you wholeheartedly on behalf of the South Sudanese people for being part of this great family of Solidarity with South Sudan!
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26 May 2023
Sr Guillermina, STTC In-service Director
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