Thailand Build Trip:
Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization originally founded in the United States; their mission is to have “A world where everyone has a decent place to live.” It advocates for affordable housing, supports sustainable development and promotes dignity and hope for everyone. Inadequate housing is a significant global issue that needs to be addressed as it is a leading cause for poverty. At CDNIS, the Habitat for Humanity (HFH) chapter (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis) focuses on promoting awareness of the global issue of substandard housing to the school community. This past September, around 20-30 participants (students and teachers) joined a build trip to Rayong, Thailand to build a home for a family in need. This was Habitat’s fourth time in the country after volunteering and visiting in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Students helped to construct a safe and decent home for a family in need by doing a multitude of tasks, such as moving bricks, mixing cement and laying bricks. Students got the opportunity to interact with locals from the village and see first hand the impact that they were making. It was a lot of physical work, but students thoroughly enjoyed the experience as they got to bond with people from different grades and personally take action to help improve the global issue of inadequate housing.
Click the link to watch a video summary of our trip!
Paint Your Hat Event:
The CDNIS, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) club (https://www.facebook.com/hfhcdnis) focuses on promoting awareness of the global issue of substandard housing to the school community. This year Habitat for Humanity hosted its 7th annual Lower School fundraiser: Paint Your Hat! This year, we chose a hat as the themed object because those who build homes need to wear a building hat to ensure their physical safety. The Paint Your Hat Event took place last month from November 28 to December 2nd and lasted a total of 5 days. Lower School students from Prep to Grade 6 were invited to sign up to decorate their own hat. This annual event helped to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity and the issue of substandard housing and the proceeds are used to subsidize CDNIS’ International build trips. This was an incredibly successful fundraiser and we would like to thank all parents, staff and students that made this event possible.