Summer Projects: 2012

Each year, the projects are selected by the SEALNet Project Selection Team from amongst the project proposals submitted to SEALNet. In 2012, SEALNet will undertake 5 projects in 4 countries:

Cambodia

When: Sunday August 12th – Saturday August 25th, 2012
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Today in Cambodia, thousands of physically disabled young people are amongst the main victims of landmines left from the war and the inferior state of the country’s health and medical facilities. Some of the challenges faced by these people include lack of social awareness and attention, unequal education and employment opportunities. Hoping to address the issues, Project Cambodia 2012 will be working with two local NGOs to support them educationally through basic English language and computer classes as well as help them emotionally through paired mentorship with the high school students.

Email: pc12 [at] sealnetonline.org

The Philippines (Cebu)

When: August 5 – August 23, 2012
Location: Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death in the world today. In 2008, the World Health Organization (WHO) attributed nearly two thirds of deaths worldwide to NCDs; and in the Philippines, it constituted 61% of all deaths. The vast majority of NCDs are chronic, lifestyle-related diseases, and in the Philippines they remain a persistent problem that could ultimately be prevented. Our project will address the issue of chronic lifestyle-related diseases with emphasis on Type II Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Disease.

PP12 aims to work with several local partners and both high school and college students in order to address the issue from a public health standpoint. We will be educating the community about the dangers and complications of these diseases, as well as methods of prevention through changes in diet, exercise and other lifestyle behaviours. PP12’s end goal is to facilitate healthier habits in the Philippines by raising the priority of living a healthy lifestyle.

At the same time, PP12 will be working extensively with the high school students to develop and sharpen their leadership skills, shaping them into future community leaders. In the Philippines, as in any country, there is a great need for truly passionate, homegrown, and service-oriented leaders. It is our hope that through PP12, these students gain both the tools and motivation to reach their potential.

Email: pp12-cebu [at] sealnetonline.org

The Philippines (Leyte)

When: Saturday August 18, 2012 – Friday August 31, 2012
Location: Leyte Province, Philippines

Through hands-on science and engineering education, Project Philippines 2012 aims to help the Filipino youth develop appreciation of the scientific traits: inquiry, problem solving, and most importantly a ‘can do’ attitude. Though most of the younger generation have the ideas and talents to make a difference in their own ways, culture, social stigma, low expectations, and scarce resources restrain them from achieving their full potentials.

Following the SEALNet structure, we are seeking approximately 12 qualified college students from around the world to become team members. We envision a well-balanced and diverse team comprised of students from different educational and cultural backgrounds; thus, applications will not be exclusive to those who are majoring in the sciences and engineering. We will welcome any college student to apply for this position, as long as they share the goals, vision, and focus of this project.

SEALNet has two basic components: leadership and service. The leadership component of the project is founded on three main core values and skills: to communicate, toinitiate, and to act – or simply, CIA. Leadership will be fostered through several hands-on activities heavily geared towards STEM. The activities will mainly be mini-simulations of problems currently faced by their local community and the Philippines.

By using the tools and skills they have acquired during the leadership workshops, the high school students will design and develop a week long community service project in their local community. We believe that by giving them essential tools and skills instead of planning the service project ourselves is a more effective approach in empowering them to make a difference in their community.

Email: pp12-leyte [at] sealnetonline.org

Singapore

When: Saturday August 4, 2012 – Sunday August 19, 2012
Location: Singapore

Approximately 206,000 women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, are employed in Singaporean households as domestic workers. Despite living under the same roof as Singaporeans, they remain at the fringe of society, making them more vulnerable to mistreatment by both agents and employers.

To tackle this problem, our project aims to foster empathy by promoting the idea of a common, shared humanity – that in spite of cultural and economic differences, us human beings feel and want the same things. Just like us, foreign domestic workers leave behind their family and homes in order to seek out better life experiences for their children.

To this end, we will collaborate with local students and organizations to create an effective social media platform to:

1. Provide an avenue for the voices of foreign domestic workers to be heard;
2. Raise awareness of the challenges and experiences faced by foreign domestic workers;
3. Facilitate a shift towards a more inclusive and caring Singaporean society.

Email: ps12 [at] sealnetonline.org

Vietnam

When: Saturday August 11, 2012 – Saturday August 25, 2012
Location: Saigon, Vietnam

Our project hopes to bring awareness to the presence of disabilities in Viet Nam by educating young leaders on how to best support people with disabilities using an active art-making process. Through both educational lectures and practical workshops, we aim to begin a conversation between the program’s participants and the disabled community.

In a 14-day program, we will collectively and creatively create a performance using text, movement, and song, to articulate some of the ideas exchanged during our conversations about disability.

The performances will feature both the SEALNet participants and people living with disabilities. We aim to use community-based devised theater exercises to help change the societal misconception of disability in Vietnam by giving the disabled a platform to voice their experience and the agency to impact the future of disability culture in Viet Nam.

In addition to giving voice to issues of disability, we are also going to educate our participants on the issue of Agent Orange/Dioxin (a blend of herbicides that was sprayed in Vietnam during the Vietnam War), a legacy directly affecting the Vietnamese community today in both health and disability. We aim to make these overarching issues of disability and Agent Orange more accessible to our participants, with hopes that they will garner this creative energy to galvanize change in their own communities.

Email: pv12 [at] sealnetonline.org