Welcome to Week 3 of the Socktober Challenge!

We hope you enjoyed all the activities and resources in Week 2. This week we're leaving the subcontinent and travelling over 6,000 kilometres to Ethiopia and a small community called Meki. Below you will find all the resources to help you learn about the people of this community and the challenges they face. Try to discover this week's theme of Love in the stories we share and the activities you do. Don't forget to ask your friends and family for support as you continue along your Socktober journey. You're nearly halfway there!

Week 3: Love

Catholic Social Teaching: Participation and Subsidiarity

In Meki, a small community south of Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, love and participation are paramount. The community is a melting pot of women, men and children with different experiences of life in Ethiopia and other parts of Africa and the world. There is a special place in Meki called the Kidist Mariam Pastoral Centre, which plays an important role for women, especially those who have found themselves in vulnerable situations. Watch the video below to learn more about how the centre helps young women and their families in this community.

Empowering women to earn a crust

Watch the video and then consider how conditions for women working in Ethiopia are different than for women working in Australia.

Scripture reflection

John 13:34

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.

(John 13:34)

What does John 13:34 tell us about the idea of love?

In your workbook or reflection diary, create a page focusing on Love. Is it difficult to love everyone? Why or why not? Think about Jesus' words in the passage above. What would he want you to do?

How are Maria and her staff at the Kidist Mariam Pastoral Centre answering Jesus' call to love one another?

Fairtrade means a fair go!

For every single item on a supermarket shelf, there is a story of the people who made it, packaged it, or delivered it. Often, those people have been able to provide for their families through the work they have done to make the product available. Other times, the people who made the products earn barely enough to feed themselves. How can we tell when a product we consume every day has been made fairly and ethically? That's where Fairtrade comes in.

This week:

1. Find out about Fairtrade Australia New Zealand by visiting their website. When was it established? What do they aim to do?

2. What does a supplier have to do to earn a Fairtrade certification?

3. Research a Fairtrade-certified company like our partner, rrepp, who provide our Socktober soccer balls. How are they different to other companies? Why is it important to support Fairtrade-certified companies?

4. Think about what you and your family, your school, or your local sports club can do to make sure the rights of every person are being protected when you buy products.

You ask the questions!

Interview your mum, carer, aunty, or a woman you know who is part of the workforce here in Australia. Find out what she had to do to get her job, what is required of her, and generally what she gets back in return.

Compare her experience to what you have learned about conditions for women in Ethiopia and around the world.

Knee-up Challenge

How many consecutive knee-ups can you do without letting the ball touch the ground? For a tougher challenge, use your sockball. What differences do you notice between it and a regular synthetic ball?

Extra resources and activities

Next up... Week 4: Enlightenment

Wow - we're cruising through the Socktober Challenge! Ready to start the second half? Prepare to be enlightened!
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