The CDNIS Business Club is a student-led organization dedicated to providing real-world venture experiences through which members can learn and apply entrepreneurial business techniques. The club designs, sources and produces school-themed products. Proceeds from which go into the club’s annual KIVA loans to entrepreneurs in around South-East Asia. Read more about the KIVA Loans: Mao’s Group, Hidup Baru Group, Ta Mawt Hpyar Village Group, Marita and Happiness Group.
The Refugee Educational Support Program (also called “RESPECT”), is a program dedicated to providing learning support for refugee school children. We are a group of CDNIS Upper School students who, for an hour every Saturday, meet with between 10 and 20 refugee students. We help the students with maths, reading and writing (in both Chinese and English), and also have conversations and read books with them.
All tutors participating in this program recognize that they have passions, skills and knowledge to offer their communities. We all understand that we have the ability to share our knowledge and resources with people less privileged than us. We have also considered the needs of our communities, to make informed choices about how we contribute. We know that school is hard for refugee children, who often don’t speak the language that their lessons are taught in, and made the choice to help them by providing tutoring support.
As part of The Reading Tree’s mission to establish a transferable English reading curriculum to support learning environments in the local and global community, we are purchasing class sets of books. This reading curriculum will be used at the Basis Education Primary School in Bagan, Myanmar during the upcoming CAS week trip in mid November.
In order to raise funds to purchase these books, The Reading Tree hosted a Canadian Thanksgiving card sale from October 8th to 12th. This sale was not purely a fundraising effort but also encouraged our school community (students and teachers alike!) to thank each other for hard work, commitment, and guidance. The campaign was successful in sharing appreciation throughout our school community. This experience also showed us areas we could strengthen our skills as a GIN club in order to improve the quality and success of future campaigns.
Two Upper School Students, Naomi Yeung (grade 12) and Inez Ferrands (grade 9) recently participated in the Kids4Kids Powered by Youth Forum and pitched their idea for an app to help Hong Kong’s domestic helpers feel a sense of security. Watch this video they created to hear more about their planned initiative. Their pitch won $3000 to develop their idea!
Here is a statement from Naomi: “During the research process for our script for the pitch, Inez and I have learnt a lot about the issues of the safety of the domestic helpers. Mr. Fung, a news reporter who attended the Kids4Kids camp has inspired us to solve the issue of the safety of the domestic helpers as he made a report about the abuse of the domestic helpers in Hong Kong.”
Habitat for Humanity at CDNIS’ Paint Your Glove Event took place in late September this year and lasted for a total of five days. Lower School students from Prep to Grade 6 were invited to sign up to decorate their own glove, which will be sent away to be used on a real HFH build site. The annual event raises awareness for Habitat for Humanity and the issue of substandard housing and the proceeds are used to subsidize CDNIS’ international build trips. The money from this year’s PYG went to sending upper school students to the Philippines for a 5-day build trip, where they transported thousands of bricks and built the walls of several houses. Students got the opportunity to interact with locals from the village and see first-hand, the impact they were making. Overall, this was an incredibly successful fundraiser that raised over $30,000 HKD for Habitat for Humanity’s CDNIS Campus Chapter and we would like to thank all the parents, staff, and students that made this event possible.
Click the link below to see the event for yourself though our Paint Your Glove video!!
As part of the CDNIS Annual Fund, the Coordinators of Local and Global Engagement offer the Service Learning Experience Subsidy to help financially support students who dedicate their time, energy, and passion to service projects (either locally or internationally). This October, two Upper School students were recipients of this subsidy to help support their participation in the CDNIS Habitat for Humanity build trip to the Philippines.
Below are their thoughts on the experience:
This September, we attended the Habitat for Humanity trip to the Philippines to build homes for a community in need. Habitat for Humanity is a non-governmental organization founded in the United States and they strive 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.
We arrived at a National Housing Project in a small village of Calauan, Los Baños, Philippines where we spent three full days building a couple of houses to improve the living conditions of the community. We built the homes for different families, hauling over 2,565 bricks and grouting over hundreds of bricks as a group. It was a fabulous experience to get to work on different building projects to help the community and also to interact with the locals and share our wonderful experience with them. We were able to provide direct support to the community as a step towards making a difference to help eradicate inadequate housing in the Philippines. Like the Habitat for Humanity CDNIS Campus Chapter Facebook Page by clicking on this link to check out more of the photos from the build trip and to stay updated with the club’s initiatives as well as upcoming fundraising events!
– By Ashley Zee (Grade 11) and Isabel Tse (Grade 12)
On Saturday, September 12th, 16 Upper School Students were sponsored by the CDNIS Annual Fund to attend the Powered by Youth Forum hosted by Kids4Kids. Students attended workshops that built upon their strengths (power of voice, creativity and technology) and interests (passion in environment, human rights, poverty and youth issues). Additionally, the Powered by Youth Forum gave CDNIS students the opportunity to meet with other students who are also interested in environmental and social justice issues from other Hong Kong International and local Schools. These students will have the opportunity to use the skills and motivation gained from the Powered by Youth Forum within their GIN Clubs and the wider CDNIS community.
On Friday night, September 11th, 2015, the first ever GIN retreat was held at CDNIS. Two student leaders from each of the 11 Global Issues Network Clubs attended. Activities included an “AmaGIN Race”, discussions on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and two inspiring speakers: Aleta Miller (United Nations Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Representative) and Zein Williams (HK Director at Child Welfare Scheme Nepal).
Most importantly, all GIN clubs had the chance to work on some strategic planning for the upcoming year and to refine their club goals and planned activities. Conversation between GIN club leaders revealed potential areas for club collaboration to increase the reach of advocacy opportunities within the CDNIS community.
The 5th Asia-Pacific Forum was held in Hong Kong with the purpose of discussing sustainable solutions for the issue of inadequate housing. This year’s forum focused on 4 major discussion tracks: Building Leadership, Impacting Communities, Building Markets, and Impacting Society. Several CDNIS Habitat for Humanity Executive students attended the forum on September 3rd and after school on September 4th.
“On Sept 3rd, I went to the Asia Pacific Housing Forum organised by Habitat for Humanity. The two sessions that I attended were “Improved Living Goes Hand in Hand with Safe Water and Sanitation” and “How Can the Right Housing Policies Empower Communities to Withstand Climate Change-Related Disasters?”. My biggest takeaway from the conference was that building a house is crucial in improving people’s living standards, but what’s equally as important is that these people need to be taught the “basic” routines/tasks such as how to flush a toilet and access to clean water. These skills are needed in order for them to survive in the Habitat for Humanity house. We often think the “basics” are known by everyone, however they’re not since many may have never seen or have had access to them before. Something many speakers stressed was community empowerment. Community empowerment allows for communication and discussion, resulting in increased knowledge and awareness. The world’s poorest people are most dependent on the planet’s most productive area for resources and help. We’re very fortunate to be living in one of the most productive areas, and so we, as a group and a community here at CDNIS, can help make a difference together!” – Reflection by Tomoka Masuda (President of Habitat for Humanity’s CDNIS Chapter)
In the week leading up to Earth Hour 2015 (March 28th), the E-Club held our Allies for Action awareness-raising campaign, showing the fruits of our members’ labour. Having worked on various projects since February, members formed groups and initiated their own projects in order to raise awareness about an issue close to their hearts, to do with the environment. Ultimately, our students showed off their knowledge and their skills in the form of posters, videos, and different artworks!
In addition to our Allies for Action campaign, our members also participated in an Earth Hour pledge activity, organized by the Executive team in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Club. Together, we hosted a pledge-making station in the Forum on Monday and Tuesday lunch, and asked our school community to make pledges for the environment. This was a fun activity that made us all think about the little things that we can do to help the Earth!