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Parklands celebrates 20 years – A School on a Mission

Parklands Christian College mission teams have embarked on several local and international mission trips since 2012. By 2021, 210 Parklands staff & students had participated in mission trips with Bloom Asia & Raw Impact.

In 2012, Parklands sent 8 female students and 5 staff on the school’s first mission trip. The trip was in partnership with Bloom Asia in Cambodia, a vocational training school for young girls at risk of exploitation and trafficking. More teams returned to Bloom in 2013 and 2014.

12 boys travelled to Taskor Village with Raw Impact in 2014 to begin building the Salt School. 10 girls returned to work at Bloom and spent a few days working at the village.

In 2015, Parklands Christian College partnered with Brisbane Christian College for a combined mission trip with Raw Impact. 27 male and female students and staff completed the Salt School building project.

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The two schools continued to travel to Cambodia together in 2016 and 2017, building safe and sustainable houses and bathrooms for homeless families in slum villages. They also cleared land to plant vegetable gardens and started a bamboo plantation at KoKi village, which created many job opportunities for the village.

Between 2016 and 2018, ladies teams travelled to Cambodia to deliver educational programs to women in slum villages. They taught them about topics including health, menstrual care, personal hygiene, handwashing, germ prevention, disability support, and pregnancy and postnatal care. Every year, Parkland’s mission teams bring essential health supplies to the village including soap, shampoo, sanitiser, toothbrushes, underwear, gifts, craft supplies and games. In 2017 another ladies team was sent to the Bloom vocational training centre in the Philippines.

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From 2018 to 2019, teams returned to build houses, toilet blocks and a large shed on the Koki bamboo farm to store tractors and farm equipment. Banana and bamboo trees were planted at the farm.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the school continued to support Cambodia by providing medical supplies and food.

In 2020 Parklands began a local food support program, which provided care packs, meals and hygiene products to people in the local community.

Parklands launched their first “On Country” Aboriginal Cultural Immersion Trip in partnership with Raw Impact in 2021. A Student Outreach Club was also formed for students to meet weekly to discuss ways to serve their peers and encourage younger students.Raw2

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