The Bishop’s School brings ‘change’ to Africa

By Amber Hoffman


Students at the Bishop’s School emptied their pockets and piggy banks during “A Time for Change,” a weeklong, campuswide collection of loose change.

The money raised will be donated to Mission Namibia, a Del Mar-based nonprofit group that supports the people of Namibia.

By Africa Day on April 17, students had raised more than 60 gallons worth of coins. African drummers were on hand for the event and students ate African-themed food.

“Everyone has loose change lying around,” Religious Studies Department Chairman David Moseley said. “In a recession it’s good because you don’t have to write a check.”

On April 17, students and faculty lined up the coins around the campus’s 829-foot quad. The coins would need to go around the quad more than six times to make a mile of coins, Moseley said. Students placed the coins into various patterns, spelling out “Mission Namibia,” “Africa,” “Peace,” and more, with quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.

If the goal of $10,000 was exceeded. Mission Valley Federal Credit Union and San Diego National Bank agreed to count the change free of charge. The grand total was expected to be announced this week.

On May 25, a group of 25 Bishop’s students and four faculty members, including Moseley, will travel to South Africa and Namibia for two weeks. During the trip, they will visit St. Mary’s Mission in northern Namibia, an Episcopal community that provides healthcare, schooling and other services to surrounding villages. Mission Namibia, created by Bishop’s alumna Alison Adams Royle, supports St. Mary’s Mission.

Moseley took a group of Bishop’s School students to India last year. The group worked with street kids at shelter homes outside New Delhi. Moseley said this year they wanted to focus more on working the children.

“The kids said they wished they spent less time at the Taj Mahal and more time with the (shelter) kids,” Moseley said.

Sophomore Kaylee Kastrup was inspired to go to Africa after a friend showed her “Invisible Children,” a film that follows the plight of Ugandan child soldiers and night commuters.

“I’ve been interested in going since I saw the film,” said Kastrup. “Even though we’re not going to Uganda I’m excited to work with the kids.”