13th June 2007




Children from Wragby Primary School raised money to buy an acre of land in Nigeria to help some of the world’s poorest people grow their own food and alleviate chronic hunger.


The University of Lincoln’s Community Volunteers team organised the event in collaboration with the charity SFM (Shepherd Food Ministries) as part of Volunteer Week.


Children and staff at the school held a non-uniform day where they all dressed in green and white, the colour of the Nigerian flag. They raised £150 to sponsor an acre of land, an initiative set up by SFM to purchase a total of 1000 acres of land in Nigeria.


SFM was set up by University of Lincoln Journalism lecturer Ola Ogunyemi to help stop hunger by providing people with the opportunity to grow their own food and become self-sufficient.


During the day Ola explained to the children the problems in Nigeria such as famine and climate and told them what the SFM project aimed to do.


“Talking with the pupils was absolutely fantastic. Their quiet demeanour throughout my speech showed me that they were not only listening attentively but are also clearly interested in the issue of world hunger,” said Ola.


“SFM networks with schools because it believes that volunteering spirit should be developed at a formative age. We hope that our visits will help schools to continue to develop and consolidate the virtues of compassion and empathy in young children.”


For more information about SFM go to www.shepherdsfood.org.uk or email oogun25@madasafish.com


For more information about Community Volunteers contact Pam Holbrook on 01522 886922 or email pholbrook@lincoln.ac.uk



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