What is Advocacy?

Advocacy is defined as any action that speaks in favour of, recommends, argues for a cause, supports or defends, or pleads on behalf of others. (Justice for Alliance NGO)


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"

Margaret Mead (20th century American cultural anthropologist)


"Courage my friends; 'tis not too late to build a better world"

Tommy Douglas (20th century Canadian politician)


"先之勞之。- Work yourself before you work others"

Confucius (5th century BC Chinese philosopher)


"The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others"

Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatama) Gandhi (20th century Indian independence activist)


“A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”

Greek proverb


"On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur - we see well only with our heart"

Antoine de Saint-Exubéry (French author of "Le Petit Prince")


"助人為快樂之本 - Helping others is the origin of happiness"

Chinese proverb



The Coordinator of Local & Global Engagement aims to develop, implement and support learning opportunities related to local and global issues, service learning, international mindedness, environmental and experiential education within the CDNIS community.

With the publication of the CDNIS vision statement, “to inspire excellence, cultivate character, and empower engagement locally and globally”, the value of this role becomes increasingly important.

Connect with the Coordinator of Local and Global Engagement, Smriti Safaya (smritisafaya@cdnis.edu.hk) .

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Amnesty Club working with “Smile with Us” and underprivileged elderly

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Hey guys! It’s Amnesty and we’ve just done an event on October 27th in collaboration with Smile with Us (a HK based NGO & charity promoting positivism) to volunteer at…

CDNIS Amnesty x Crossroads

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Amnesty CDNIS is back with another event! In collaboration with Crossroads, Amnesty hosted an event where we travelled to Crossroads HK on the 26th to help with repackaging and organising…

E-club’s 1st beach clean-up of 2019!

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The beach cleanup held at the rocky shores of the Sandy Bay Swimming Shed on western HK Island on 18th of January was a success! Upper school students participated in…

Paint Your Hammer! with Habitat for Humanity

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See the event wrap-up video here! What were the specific goals of this campaign? The goal of this campaign was to get students of the Lower School engaged with the…

Habitat for Humanity: Thailand build trip 2018

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From Sep 27 to Oct 1, over 26 HFH CDNIS volunteers went to help build a home for a couple living in Rayong, Thailand. We were able to gain an…

Gr. 5s animated video about microbeads!

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Check out this fantastically animated video about microbeads by two students from Gr. 5, Maya and Laurel! It even comes complete with a short & simple experiment for anyone to…

A musical treat for the elderly at St. Mary’s by LS Strings Ensemble

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Amelia from the LS Strings Ensemble shares their experience performing for the elderly at the St. Mary’s elderly home: “On November 15, the LS Strings Ensemble lugged our instruments down…

Tippy-Taps and container gardens – a Lower School family support Filipino communities

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Read about a family with boys in Gr. 3 and Gr. 1 that helped communities in the Philippines become stronger: Josh and Adam really valued their trip to the Philippines. …