Teachers and students of the American Academy Larnaca formed the 3rd World 1st Club in October 2017. The main aim is to raise funds and increase awareness of extreme poverty in poor countries. The club’s key partner is the Sophia Foundation for Children through which the school is supporting financially 50 children from Kenya – each child is ‘adopted’ by a class of the Senior and Junior School. As a result these children no longer go to bed hungry, they go to school instead of working and have much needed health services.
For more information, please see Mr. Nicos Anastasiou or Ms. Eleni Papaspyrou.
Why Barefoot?' campaign On Thursday and Friday 25th and 26th October 2019 as part of the 'Why Barefoot?' Campaign Mr Nicos Anastasiou decided to go barefoot for an entire day in an effort to raise awareness for the situation that many children without shoes face every day. 1035 EUR was raised. 2nd Fundraising Event On Saturday, 2nd of February 2019 the 3rd World 1st Club organised its second fundraising event in the school to support the work of Sophia Foundation for children and more than 5,000 EUR was raised. In addition to the Sophia Foundation pazaraki of handicrafts crated by parents of the children in Kenya, the students and teachers of American Academy organised a number of other events including facing painting, selling cakes, novelty pens, second hand books, handmade friendship bracelets, packets of crisps in decorated bags and a couple of games. Furthermore, the event was supported through the sale of metal and paper straws from the Ayios Spyridonas Special School as well as from Velocius F1 Team (selling planners) and two of the Junior Achievement teams (ChewGone and StrawVision).
On Saturday, 31st of March, the 3rd World 1st Club organised their 1st fundraising event in the school to support the work of the Sophia Foundation for Children and €5,624 was raised. In addition to the Sophia Foundation pazaraki of handicrafts created by the parents of the children in Kenya, the students and teachers of the American Academy organised a number of other events.
Families could choose to ‘adopt’ a child from Kenya. There was sale of fair trade tea, coffee and sugar that ensure that farmers in poor countries are offered decent prices. Five students and one teacher completed 24 hours of having no food at all, to demonstrate their empathy with children all over the world suffering from hunger.