Summer Projects: 2009

SEALNet conducted 8 projects in 7 countries during the summer of 2009. The projects were selected by the SEALNet Board of Directors based on proposals submitted to SEALNet in November.

Cambodia (Arts)

When: Monday 10 August 2009 – Tuesday 25 August 2009

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Project Cambodia 2009 (PC09) aims to help renew interest in traditional Cambodian performing arts through the production of two outreach concerts in Phnom Penh. PC09, partnered with Cambodian Living Arts, hopes to innovate the presentation of traditional Cambodian dance and storytelling by incorporating elements of other contemporary performing arts styles. In creating a very dynamic program, the production will particularly appeal to youth and overall provide greater access to exciting arts for the wider community. We envision the establishment of the first annual youth concert in Phnom Penh and celebration of traditional Cambodian arts, which is independently owned by Cambodian youth of diverse social backgrounds.

 

Cambodia (Volunteerism)

When: Sunday 16 August 2009 – Friday 28 August 2009

Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The only dumpsite in Phnom Penh, Steng Meanchey, bears witness to the destruction in the wake of the Khmer Rouge genocide. Here, a large number of street children live under conditions of chronic poverty, rampant disease, a torn social fabric and lack access to healthcare and hygiene facilities. Leveraging the goodwill of volunteers and donors, the Center for Children’s Happiness (CCH), which we have selected as our local non-profit partner, seeks to empower these children by affording them an education and with that a chance to break out of the cruel cycle of poverty. However, long-term sponsorship is elusive, and the immense challenges present necessitate greater volunteer involvement. Our proposed project will address these concerns by boosting publicity and outreach efforts, and integrating the concept of service into the local high school scene to promote long-term volunteerism. We will also work on strengthening the educational programmes via creation of a comprehensive curriculum package for language and computer skill instruction.

Indonesia

When: Sunday 28 June 2009 – Saturday 11 July 2009

Location: Makassar, Sulawesi, Indonesia

The SEALNet team aims to reduce the high incidence of diarrhea and improve the health condition of the population in the Makassar region, Indonesia, by tackling the issue of water safety. In Indonesia, a large percentage of the population lives without access to clean water even in a big city such as Makassar, the capital of the Sulawesi Island. Together with the local high school and university students, the SEALNet team hopes to contribute to water quality improvement through the provision of related education and physical construction.

Laos

When: Friday 21 August 2009 – Thursday 3 September 2009

Location: Xieng Khouang, Laos

Our stake is “Ton Ka – Growing the Future.” “Ton ka” is Laotian for “a young sapling,” but “ton” means “root,” while “ka” means “courage.” We want to plant the courage for entrepreneurship in the hearts of the students in Manophet’s English school, where it will take root and grow into a full-fledged microfinance project. Like a mature tree that provides shade for people, the students’ microfinance project will benefit their community, as well as supplement the money needed to run the English school. We also want to improve the way English is being taught at the school so that each student has a better command of English, which will help them achieve their higher education goals.

Malaysia

When: Saturday 30 May 2009 – Saturday 13 June 2009

Location: Kuala Selangor, Malaysia

Project Malaysia 2009 seeks to address growing environmental issues in Malaysia. We will do this by inspiring the youth of the nation to become leaders of their communities, instilling in them a commitment to service and an awareness of the environmental issues that face their community. The project will be held in Kuala Selangor, an area that mostly relies on eco-tourism for the livelihood of its people. Through a variety of hands-on environmental activities (e.g. mangrove planting, water quality monitoring) and volunteer work with the Malaysian Nature Society, we hope to spark the students’ interest in continuing environmental-related work in the future. For Project Malaysia 2009, we wish to improve upon the foundation created by Project Malaysia 2008 by continuing to spread a passion for service and the confidence to lead to students from other parts of Malaysia.

The Philippines

When: Sunday 23 August 2009 – Sunday 6 September 2009

Location: Cebu, Philippines

Unsafe water, inadequate availability of water for hygiene, and lack of access to sanitation has given rise to a high prevalence of gastrointestinal worms in the Philippines. It is estimated that a child in the Philippines has a 70 percent chance of becoming infected with gastrointestinal worms, making them that much more susceptible to poor physical and mental development. The future of the Philippines being with its children, thus it is important to attack the problem of high worm prevalence. Project Philippines 2009 aims to reduce the number of worm infections in the Philippines by bringing college and high school students together to develop and implement an educational campaign. Our hope is that our actions improve the quality of life in the Philippines.

Thailand

When: Saturday 22 August 2009 – Friday 4 September 2009

Location: Lampang, Thailand

In the Thai education system, because of rote memorization learning, students experience a decrease of interest in learning and a lack of preparations for the problem-solving skills and flexibility demanded in future jobs. Our team will collaborate with teachers and teach students with the active learning teaching style by engaging students in activities that require critical thinking, discussion, and problem-solving. In addition, we will foster an environment for students to do active learning by renovating the library and assigning them a project on solving the community illiteracy. This project will not only train students with important learning skills that can be applied in their careers, but also inspire them to lead their community in solving the literacy problem.

Vietnam

When: Sunday 24 August 2009 – Sunday 6 September 2009

Location: Ha Noi, Vietnam

Hanoi’s recent rapid development has resulted in increased consumer consumption and waste generation. Currently, both municipal authorities and the public are still neglecting this issue, and garbage can be seen spreading on streets as a result of the public’s carelessness. In face of the current situation, SEALNET Project Vietnam 2009 plans to awork with 3R Hanoi to educate local students as agents of change to tackle the growing garbage problem in their community and equip them with the necessary skills to expand their own influence. Our main objectives are to (1) educate students about waste management and environmental awareness using the 3R (Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) principle; (2) help students establish a garbage bank to improve the efficiency of the current recycling infrastructure to reduce garbage volume; (3) empower students and provide them with leadership skills to manage garbage banks independently and to spread knowledge about environmental awareness, recycling, and waste reduction and management.