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Project Title:
Keep the Promise
Initiative:
The value of eliminating poverty
School Name:
Weledeh Catholic School
School board / First Nations school jurisdiction:
Yellowknife Catholic Schools
Project Theme:
  • Care [poverty]
Grade Level:
8
Subject Areas:
Social Sciences and Humanities
City:
Yellowknife
Province/Territory:
Northwest Territories
Community Partners:
To be determined

Keep the Promise

We would like to provide lunch/personal hygiene items to the homeless people of our community. We would like to do this because it is important to us to make people feel better and be healthier. We see the homeless people downtown and they look sad and they are asking for help. We would like to help them.

Update (October-10-14)

1. What is the population of your community?
Population of Yellowknife: 18,830

2. How many people in your community are living in poverty? 36% or 5200 people living on less than half of the annual income in our community

3. How many children in your community are living in poverty?
510 families. 1445 children according to a poll in the year 2000 by the Salvation Army spokesperson.

4. How many food banks are there in your community?
1 Food bank in Yellowknife

5. What is the unemployment rate in your community? 5% according to the NHS.

6. How many shelters are there in your community that provide temporary housing for those who do not have permanent housing? There are 5 shelters in our community.

Bailey House
Center for Northern Families
Lynn Brooks Safe Place for Women
Salvation Army
YWCA Transitional Housing

Update (November-04-14)

We would like to provide lunch/personal hygiene items to the homeless people of our community. We would like to do this because it is important to us to make people feel better and be healthier. We see the homeless people downtown and they look sad and they are asking for help. We would like to help them.

We would like to buy supplies for lunch and personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair brushes, combs, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, tissue, first aid kits, nonalcohol listerine, gum, halls.

We are going to partner with the Safe Harbour Day Center in Yellowknife NT.

We are going to make chili and bannock and deliver it one morning.

Update (January-15-15)

We completed our project this morning. We made brown bag lunches and chili and dropped it off to our local day shelter, Safe Harbour. We were hoping to walk over with the lunches ourselves but it was too cold, so we had another staff member drive the food over with a couple of students to represent us. The shelter staff were very appreciative!

Update (January-15-15)

Our student representatives who attended the Student Summit in Ottawa were so impressed with the play we saw "Danny, King of the Basement" that they decided to add this to our project as an awareness raising activity. We are working with our drama teacher to stage a production of the play in June through our Fine Arts classes.