Slum City


On Saturday 24th March, over one hundred Garin College students arrived to begin the Slum City Challenge. They began by building their cardboard homes that they would sleep in for the night, which turned out to be a cold one. We celebrated our Palm Sunday Service and enjoyed a range of activities led by our senior students. The focus for our fundraising efforts this year is for Caritas Aotearoa who are working with the women of Timor Leste to develop sustainable businesses. By creating sustainable businesses rural women and their families will have access to basic necessities such as power, running water and basic housing. We had a range of activities organised by our fantastic Christian Service Leaders John Paul Schryvers and Amy Swanson who were supported by a number of students from our Justice and Ministry Team. The Slum City Caritas Challenge is an important experience for the students of Garin College where they were able to live in solidarity with the people of Timor Leste and to be an example of Servant Leadership.