Howick College students help the homeless

Year 11 Sociology students at Howick College have been working hard throughout term 2 to raise awareness about the plight of homeless people in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Due to the shortage of affordable housing, there has been a significant rise in the number of homeless people in New Zealand and learning about just how severe the situation really is has been an eye-opening experience for all involved, the students says.

To combat this issue, the two sociology classes put out a call to the Howick College community for donations of warm clothing, bedding and small household items and have been thrilled by the response they received.

Two sociology classes put out a call to Howick College community for donations of warm clothing, bedding and household items and have been thrilled by the response they received.

“It has been really rewarding to see the donations from our community piling up in the back of our classroom,” says Year 11 student Amelia Carr.

Howick College Year 11 sociology students with donations ready for collection with teachers (left-right) Katarena Bisset and Matteus Elling and director of Community Development, Jennifer Roshan. Photo supplied

The items collected were then donated to the Auckland City Mission, who will put them to good use, helping both homeless people and those who are moving into their own homes all around Auckland.

“We have worked hard for this outcome and are proud of what we have accomplished. We hope that we have made a change in the lives of the individuals who received our contribution,” says Amelia.

By collecting these items and donating them to Auckland City Mission, Howick College Sociology students feel they have helped make a positive change in their community.

“The impact of our social action has been tremendous, both for us and for the homeless in our community” explains Mini Tavan, Year 11 student of sociology.

“We can use the knowledge gained and initiative taken, to help others and apply it later on in life.”