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) .

Year-End Community Reports:
To learn more about what we do, please take a look through our Year-End Community Reports (2014-20152015-2016 and 2016-2017).

Check out our “Community Connections” Database!


CDNIS families supporting HK’s homeless with ImpactHK

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A group of students and parents walked with Impact HK on Sunday evening. The group met at the Guestroom near Sham Shui Po, and loaded up with bedding, oranges and…

E-club’s Shek O beach cleanup and zero-waste veggie potluck lunch!

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Sunshine, a sea breeze and the smell of rotting meat with maggots?! What a way to start our Sunday!  Members of the e-club, friends and family joined on Sunday, the…

The Power of Words – public speaking meets global issues!

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A huge success to the public speakers of our community! On January 10th and 11th of 2018, the Young Masters Gavel Club and the GIN Clubs came together for the…

Amnesty International @ CDNIS

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“The Vow of Silence was a simple yet effective activity that met the goals of the event: to advocate for those whose voices are heard or are unable to voice…

Cooking For a Cause – supporting refugees in Chung King Mansions

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Cooking For A Cause (CFC) was started 5 years ago by a small group of passionate CDNIS students towards the refugee issue in Hong Kong. Since then, the club has…

Phillip, refugees & the New York Times essay competition: many ways to take action!

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A multi-pronged action project spurred by interaction with refugees during the summer of 2016, led Phillip to take more hands-on and creative approaches.  Read about his experiences:  “The refugee crisis…

UNICEF Food Drive for Feeding HK

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UNICEF hosted two rounds of a food drive from October 30th–November 3rd and November 27th–December 1st 2017 for the NGO Feeding Hong Kong. Feeding Hong Kong is responsible for bringing surplus food to…

Small Plastic, Big Problem – Ellie @ the Ocean Summit 2018

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“ACT YOUR WAY TO A NEW WAY OF THINKING!” – Ellie Cottrell Ellie Cottrell, a Grade 12 student, taking Geography HL was one of the keynote speakers at the Volvo…