Summer Projects: 2011

Each year, the projects are selected by the SEALNet Project Selection Team from amongst the project proposals submitted to SEALNet. In 2011, SEALNet will undertake 4 projects in four countries:

Indonesia
When: Thursday May 26, 2011 – Wednesday June 8, 2011
Location: Medan, Sumatra Utara, Indonesia

The prevalence of intestinal worm infection among high school students in Indonesia suggests the need to raise awareness on personal hygiene and the existence of intestinal worm infection. Like any other developing countries, some areas in Indonesia with low socioeconomic issues are lacking resources, knowledge and awareness on personal hygiene and diseases. High temperature and humidity increase the chances of infection and a study conducted in a village of population 3,821 people near Medan, North Sumatra, found that 648 people were infected, most of them being high school students. The SEALNet team hopes to raise the awareness on the importance of personal hygiene and sanitation, by focusing on areas identified as low socioeconomic groups. We aim to give exposure on the preventive measures that exist, and how these measures are cost-effective in the long run.

Email: pi11_info [at] sealnetonline.org

The Philippines
When: Sunday August 14, 2011 – Sunday September 4, 2011
Location: Cebu City, Cebu, the Philippines

Chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension, are the leading cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Institute of Medicine. In the Philippines, 1 in 4 adults suffer from the “silent killer” known as hypertension. In order to address this health problem, Project Philippines 2011 (PP11) will gather a team of college and high school students to develop and implement a health education campaign to prevent hypertension.  Using a public health approach, the campaign will promote behaviors such as healthy eating and regular physical activity in a culturally-sensitive manner.  Since chronic diseases develop throughout a person’s lifetime, the campaign will target both children and adults.  Our hope is that PP11 increases awareness about the “silent killer” and inspires people to adopt simple behavioral changes that can go a long way in preventing hypertension.

Email: pp11_info [at] sealnetonline.org

Singapore
When: Thursday August 18, 2011 – Wednesday August 31, 2011
Location: Singapore

Despite their significant numbers, foreign domestic and construction workers in Singapore exist in profound isolation from the local community. The emphasis on education and economic development in the country inadvertently cultivates a community apathetic to the needs and lives these transient workers.

To tackle this problem, our project aims to foster empathy by promoting the idea of common humanity — that, in spite of sociocultural differences, people feel and want the same. We would like to remind the locals that there is more to being human than being plugged into the local economy and financial success. No child dreams of growing up to become a construction worker; foreign domestic and construction workers venture out in search of better lives like we all do. To this end, we will collaborate with local students and migrant workers to create a platform for:

  • Fostering close, sustained interaction between the foreign domestic and construction workers and local students (as well as the wider community)
  • Empowering the foreign domestic and construction workers by allowing them to express themselves through the medium of storytelling and/or art
  • Facilitating the exchange of cultural information.

Email: ps11_info [at] sealnetonline.org

Thailand
When: Sunday June 12, 2011 – Sunday June 26, 2011
Location: Udon Thani, Thailand

In Thailand, a great disparity in academic achievement has manifested itself between the rural provinces and the city proper. PT11 believes the inequity here is one that diverges at a deeper level than a lack of resources: the students’ fundamental lack of motivation, self-expectation, and confidence in their own abilities, stemming from a downward spiral of falling social expectations supported by a rickety educational infrastructure.

PT11 aims to target the matter at its core by traveling to three junior high schools in the province of Udon Thani, located in the northeastern Thailand. As “mentors,” we will be creating a systematic method of identifying and teaching the skill sets that will provide target students with the academic and motivational edge they need. We will then be training “mentees” in these skills before proceeding to tutor students in the “target group” alongside the mentees. To ensure sustainability, the ultimate goal of the project is to finish with a model applicable to the type of the educational community service generally carried out by Thai college students.

Email: projectthailand11 [at] sealnetonline.org