First Breath Cycle Challenge – Geneva to Nice

Thank you for visiting our JustGiving page raising money for the ‘Serenje Orphans Childrens Home’ (SOCH)  in Central Zambia. We are aiming to raise £3000 to help complete the guest house at the Orphanage.

The SOCH orphanage supplies food, education and support for 44 orphans at a time.

Until recently, there was little evidence of any self-sustaining project that would be able support the orphanage for years into the future.

Local management advised Kevin Gilbert (founder of the SOCH Orphanage and the SOA charity that supports it) that the most viable option was to build a guest house. Serenje is on the T2 (Great North Road) connecting Lusaka Livingstone and the Copperbelt to Tanzania in the Northeast. The guest house will provide accommodation for those travelling along this route. Once built, it should provide the orphanage with an income of approximately £16000p.a., which is 67% of the £24000 needed annually.

The total cost of construction was estimated to be £27000, of which nearly £21,000 was raised by Edward Lloyd, a past student of Collège du Léman, and £3000 received as an Outreach Grant from the ECIS. Our £3000 will go towards the total cost of the build. The building is past the roofing stage – all that remains is the internal tiling of bathrooms and the purchase of furniture.

We hope you can help provide as much support as possible, in order to make SOCH self-sustainable long into the future.


Ricardo, Morgan and Tom


Painting the Walls for the Orphange

Dear Viewers, 

One of our girls, Anya is trying to raise money to help kids in Zambia. Please read the story that is further below and help her cause. Any amount helps. Thank you for taking the time. 🙂


Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

The reason why we are raising money to paint the walls is to brighten the children’s world with beautiful artwork. Art is a part of life which brings a community together in many cases. The children would have a enjoyable time with this activity and it’s easy and fun!

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.


Serenje Orphans Appeal (SOA)

SOA seeks to relieve the suffering of orphans in Serenje, Zambia. SOA supports local Serenje orphanages which strive to maintain the natural bond between orphan and legal guardian – the ‘Serenje Orphans Childrens Home’ (SOCH) in Serenje, and the ‘HMP Orphanage at Chibobo’, 20km from the township.


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Online Tools and Apps for Poetry


April is National Poetry Month!! As you’re planning poetry activities during this month (and beyond!) consider using these poetry-focused ReadWriteThink.orginteractive tools and mobile apps.

The Acrostic Poems tool helps students learn about and write acrostic poems, a poetry form that uses the letters in a word to begin each line of the poem. All lines of the poem relate to or describe the main topic word. Also available as a Mobile App. In this lesson plan,  students create acrostic poems using their names and the names of things that are important to them.

In the Diamante Poems tool or Mobile App, users can learn about and write diamante poems, which are diamond-shaped poems that use nouns, adjectives, and gerunds to describe either one central topic or two opposing topics (for example, night/day or winter/spring). Writing, revising, and publishing are just a few of the tasks students will complete in this lesson plan in order to take their cause-and-effect diamante poems from an idea to a reality.

Students can learn about and write haiku using this interactive tool that guides them through the writing process. There is a corresponding Mobile App. Using the Haiku Poem App or the Haiku Poem Interactive, students summarize papers they have written using the traditional format of a haiku in this lesson plan.

The Letter Poem Creator provides an online model for the thought process involved in creating poems based upon a letter; then, students are invited to experiment with letter poems independently. In this lesson plan, students explore letter poems and experiment with writing letters as poems, using the placement of line breaks to enhance rhythm, sound, meaning, and appearance.

The Line Break Explorer explores the ways that poets choose line breaks in their writing. After viewing the demonstration, students are invited to experiment with line breaks themselves. They can learn more in “What Makes Poetry? Exploring Line Breaks“.

The Riddle Interactive outlines the characteristics of riddle poems and provides direct instruction on the prewriting and drafting process for writing original riddle poems. “What Am I? Teaching Poetry through Riddles” has students explore figurative language in poetry by reading and writing riddle poems.

Users learn about and write theme poems, a poem written within the shape of the subject of the poem using the Theme Poems tool or Mobile App. “Theme Poems: Writing Extraordinary Poems About Ordinary Objects” invites students to select a familiar object online, build a bank of words related to the object, and write theme poems that are printed and displayed in class.

Word Mover allows children and teens to create “found poetry” by choosing from word banks and existing famous works; additionally, users can add new words to create a piece of poetry by moving/manipulating the text. Additionally, there’s an App version. Use the Word Mover tool to play with word families and listen for rhyme, then sort real and nonsense words, alphabetize the words, and create a story or poem using the words in this activity.