The Helping Hands Leon, Alex, Ellen, Nicola
We have decided to do our inquiry on poverty.

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There are many kinds of poverty such as...

  • Lack of food
  • Lack of clothing
  • No shelter
  • No money
  • No life basics
  • No job
  • No income
  • No education


We have decided to focus on getting clothing, blankets and food for the less fortunate people.


1. Are there people in our community that don't have food, clothing and blankets?
2. Are there any programmes that support people in need of food, clothing and blankets, if so, what ones?
3. How do the supportive programmes get money to help those less fortunate in receiving clothing and food?
4. Why are some people less fortunate in receiving clothing and food?
5. What kind of people become less fortunate in receiving clothing and food?
6. How do we contact the people in need of food, clothing and blankets so we can donate items to them?
7. What does the Salvation Army need in terms of donations?


1. We think that there are people in our community that don't have food, clothing and blankets, after all, it can happen to anyone.
2. We don't know any programs that help support people that don't have food, clothing and blankets but we think there are.
3. The supportive programmes may get their money to help by fundraising, receiving donations and they may even receive 'helping' money from the government.
4. There are some people less fortunate because of unemployment, accidents and poor health which could result to no job.
5. Poverty can strike anyone anytime anyplace anywhere. This can happen to people who's family could have been involved in a accident or has been stricken by illness.
6. We think we can donate items to them through programmes in the community.
7. We think that the salvation army needs clothing, food and blankets.


1. There are people in our community that don't have either clothing, food or blankets.
2. Yes. There are definitely some programmes trying to help people in poverty or homeless people. Getting Started, Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Counties Manukau Foodbank Association, Health Promoting Schools, Housing New Zealand, WINZ, Inland Revenue and Safer Manukau and Food in schools. As you can see, there a whole lot of programmes.
3. Poverty charities get some of their money by fundraising and government funds.
4. The obvious reason why, is that people have not enough money. But there are many reasons why people can't get enough money to by these basics. Some of these reasons are not their fault. For example, unemployment, accidents and poor health. There are also some reasons that are their fault such as drinking and taking drugs.
5. Lack of food ,clothing and blankets can strike anyone but usually it strikes people that are in poverty or have no home.
6. We can't contact those people directly, but we can donate things to them through other programmes in the community.
7. The Salvation Army needs more volunteers, clothing donations, child sponsors, furniture, volunteer collectors, and household items.

Is there some issue that we can help with?
There are people in our community that don't have food, clothing and blankets. We think that we can help with this...

Rights denied:

Right to adequate living standard,
Right to rest and leisure,
Right to education,
Right to freedom of discrimination,
Freedom from interference from privacy, family, home and correspondence,
Right to own property,

The Salvation Army needs HELP!!

The Salvation Army needs donations to help flood victims.
The Salvation Army is asking the public to donate money to help with the recovery of flood victims in the Far North.
Salvation Army Public Relations Secretary Major, David Bennett says, that it could be up to six months before Far North flood victims are able to fully recover.

'People require help not only with things like the replacement of furniture, household goods and clothing, but also with their emotional needs as they try to come to grips with the devastation.' quotes David
People can make a donation by calling toll-free 0800-530-000 or via Donors should indicate that their donation is for the "Far North Relief".
Major Bennett says that Salvation Army staff and volunteers stepped in quickly last week to meet the immediate needs of displaced people such as for food and shelter via welfare centres in Kaitaia, Kawakawa, and Whangarei.

Information copied from the Salvation Army NZ website

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Action Plan: Seeing as the Salvation Army needs donations of clothing, we will ask the students in our school to donate old clothes. We will then deliver the donations to the Salvation Army.

1. Ask for permission to have a place where students of BBI can donate their old clothing to us.
-> Team pods and office. DONE

2. We will then contact the Salvation army and give them the clothing that we collected. HALF DONE

Our Jobs:
Nicola: Sorting/packing clothes
Ellen: Collecting Clothes
Alex: Sorting/packing clothes
Leon: Collecting clothes
Mrs Mitchell: Permission slips.
Everyone's job: Giving the clothes to the Salvation Army.

We have now called the Salvation Army and confirmed that they need clothing donations
so we are going to type up a newsletter and give one to each teacher. The newsletter will
say to bring old or unwanted clothing to the collectors (Ellen and Leon) and Nicola and Alexander
will sort the clothes according to size. Then we will donate these clothes to The Salvation Army.

Time line

Monday 10 September -> Thursday 20 September
= collecting donations / cleaning clothes / sorting and packing.

Thursday 20 September
= Deliver donations to the Salvation Army.

The newsletter we are sending out to the teachers at our school.

Dear Teachers

Our Inquiry this term has been on Human Rights. In Room 5, our group has been focussing on POVERTY. We have identified a need in our community and we are working with the Salvation Army to collect old clothes for people in poverty in situations. We will set up clothing bins in each team pod on Monday as well as at the office. Please would you encourage the students in your class to bring any old clothing on Monday through to Thursday next week. We would really appreciate your support. We will collect, clean (if necessary) and pack the clothing and then pass them on to The Salvation Army.
Nicola, Ellen, Leon and Alexander
Room 5

Progress made....

Monday 10 September

Ellen and Nicola did a report asking for donations on the daily notices, a television system in our school to tell students important messages.
We then photocopied signs and stuck them on our clothing bins, and delivered one in each team pod and the office. Our teacher made large copies of a poster that Ellen designed asking for donations, and then we all delivered them to each class to stick up.

Here is Ellen's poster:

Coming soon (I promise!!!!)

Wednesday 12 September

Ellen and Leon, our collectors have just gone to collect any donations that have been placed in our clothing bins. Ellen has donated her old clothes, and we also received a box full of old clothes. We need to ring the Salvation Army again to confirm a time that we can deliver our donations some time next week. We have received 1 rubbish bag of clothing.
1 Bag

Thursday 13 September

Leon and alex collected the clothing in each team pod. Reicieved more clothing.
1 Bag + 1.3 Bag = 2.3
We are aiming for 3 Bags at least

Friday 14 September

We have collected 3.3 bags so far! Mrs Mitchell has offered to take us th the Salvation Army

Tuesday 18 September

We have got another whole sack full. We have also done our reflection podcast script.
Answer Resources:

Teacher Comment 22.8.07
You are on the right track, but you need to go back and read the task outline. You should start with a brainstorm on all the kinds of poverty in our community. From this, decide on an area that you want to investigate. Once again, brainstorm all the situations related to your chosen issue ( eg. lack of food ). You would then need to ask questions about why people don't have food in our community? how people become get into this situation in our community? where do they get their food from, how do they get it, who is responsible for this? Your questions should include questions which related to our fertile question on rights and responsibility. Each person in your group should make a comment about how you are doing or what you have found out each week. There should be four entries each week. You are a little way behind, so you are going to have to get your planning in place and then hand out tasks so that everyone can contribute. Mrs. M
30.8.07 You are doing a great job. I think that you need to look at your last three questions. They are very similar and do they really support your investigation? Your answers need to be supported by some evidence. Who did the answers to which questions? Where did you find your information? How did you come up with the decision to provide clothing to the Salvation Army? How did you identify this as the gap? How do you know that there are people in the community with no blankets etc. Where did you find that information? A little work is needed here. Once you have answered all my questions - then you need to conference with me before you continue with the plan of action. Keep at it. You are doing well - just a little refining needed. Mrs. M
7.09.07 You are working together as a team and I think that you are going to reap the rewards of all your hard work next week. I think that the letter that has gone out to teachers today is a good start. Your boxes will go out next week and then I think that you need to put a poster in each class to remind the students. You may also consider each having a turn to do a quick run around the school each day and remind the classes. You will also have to link in with Cheyenne and arrange the time that you can go and deliver the clothing. Let me know as soon as possible so that I can arrange the letter for permission for you to leave the school. You are also going to have to arrange some parent support. Your developing wiki page demonstrates some clear thinking and planning. You are all doing a really good job. Keep up the good work. Mrs. M.

Our Reflective log
Our group has done all of our assigned work so far.
We are doing alright, and we made our questions.
I think that our group is working well we have had a few disagreements
but we sorted them out. We have all done what we were supposed to do
so far.
We have redone our questions and brainstorm
We have done some research towards the questions.
We have done some more research
We have nearly finished our the answers to the questions.
We are doing all right.
We still haven't got our action plan. We don't know how to find the gap!
We have been thinking about our action plan and have a general idea of what we will do.
We have finished all our questions, but we aren't very sure about our action plan.
We have now called the Salvation Army and confirmed that the need clothing donations
so we are going to type up a newsletter and give one to each teacher. The newsletter will
say to bring old or unwanted clothing to the collectors (me and Nicola) and Leon and Alexander
will sort the clothes according to size and we will then donate these clothes the The Salvation Army.
We have just delivered newsletters asking students to donate clothing. Also this morning we got some boxes
for the people to put the donations in.
We have got 2.3 bags of clothing now. We are going well.
We are still getting clothes. All is going well.

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Leon normally stays on task but sometimes comes off of the rails and mucks around while the rest of us are working hard but Leon normally is good.
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Ellen normally co operates, communicates well, likes to keep the group on the rails, but could work on co operating all the time. She is a great part of the group. From Nicola
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Nicola is the most sensible in the whole group and keeps everyone on task. She some times doesn't do the reflections. ☺From Alex
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He works well with the group, but sometimes he argues too much and can't communicate very well. Sometimes he will talk about other things when we are doing this. From Leon

Group Evaluation of Community Rights Issue

Identifying the gap
All questions relate to issue. All questions are well directed.
All answers relate to questions.
Plenty of research involved to support the gap.
Evidence of everyone on task and contributing.Everyone knows exactly what to do.
No time wasted/ well used time.
A big difference made in the community.
Some questions relate to issue.
Some answers relate to questions.
Some research involved in terms of finding the gap.
Some evidence of planning, some people on task.
Some time well used.
Some difference made in the community.
Questions do not relate to issue.
Answers do not relate to questions.
Guessed the gap. No research involved.
No evidence of planning, not on task.
No time well used.
No difference made in the community.