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Global Concerns

The College’s Service programme beyond Singapore is called Global Concerns (GC). A unique student run and led programme, GC is the foundation on which UWCSEA’s extensive philanthropy activities are built. Global Concerns’ wide variety of activities and projects reflect a range of global development challenges and associated environmental issues. The GC programme seeks suitable partners and ways to enact solutions. The projects that UWCSEA are involved in reflect concern for people and human economic development in a way which is sensitive to culture, the environment and sustainability.

We operate on a small scale, partnering with grassroots organisations outside Singapore which allows us to develop close relationships, and encourage visits by students, parents and staff to work on and see first-hand how the projects operate.

Special efforts are made in our Primary and Middle Schools to incorporate Global Concerns into the curriculum. We hope that as a result of their experiences, our students leave us with a lasting commitment to Global Concerns and an ability to turn ideas into action. For more information on Global Concerns Executive, click here

Global concern projects

5 Rivers
Punjab, India

5 Rivers GC supports Pahal NGO, which focuses on the rising issue of the drug epidemic in Punjab, India. Their four main priorities are improving the health, education, environment and language of the people. They run several community-building programmes aimed at preventing drug use, such as fitness activities, financial education, blood donation drives, schooling for the young, and more.
 

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A Key for Guatemala

A Key for Guatemala (Una Llave para Guatemala) supports the organization ‘From Houses to Homes’ (De Casas a Hogares) based in Antigua, Guatemala. The organization aims to help Guatemalan families who are living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day), most of whom cannot afford shelter for their families, nor  the basic necessities of medical care and education for their children.

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ACE
Bangladesh

Asian Children’s Education (ACE) supports the JAAGO Foundation, a Bangladesh-based organisation which caters to the education needs of children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

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ACRES
Singapore

ACRES aims to protect animals. Through their research findings they educate the public by promoting active community involvement in the animal protection movement, as well as striving towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties.  UWCSEA's involvement through their Action for ACRES programme came about in 2012 when the Grade 1 students became Animal Benefactors for ACRES, raising funds to sponsor three animals that had been rescued and were being rehabilitated by ACRES.

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Africa GC: Kalahari
South Africa

The Kalahari Global Concern group works year round to raise funds to inspire, motivate and empower Kalahari learners to reach their full potential. The students we support live in the Moshaweng Valley, an isolated area in the Kalahari Desert. We are part of a network of several schools that are in direct contact with the village communities in the Moshaweng Valley, home to 30,000 people.

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Africa GC: The School of St Jude
Tanzania

The School of St Jude educates and accommodates children from the poorest families in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

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Akanksha
India

The Akanksha Foundation is working towards bridging the educational inequality in India, by establishing centers and schools near slums in Pune and Mumbai. The foundation currently helps 4000 underprivileged children to get a better education, thereby investing in India’s future.

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Bala Vihar
India

Bala Vihar, Chennai, supports the education and healthcare of 180 mentally challenged children by offering services like physiotherapy, yoga therapy and vocational training to help them integrate into mainstream society as much as possible. Funding for Bala Vihar also allows for the provision of medical services (in terms of 24-hour care by an attendant, treatment, diagnostic tests, medicine) and purchasing nutritional foods for the children who are undernourished.

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Akanksha
India

The Akanksha Foundation is working towards bridging the educational inequality in India, by establishing centers and schools near slums in Pune and Mumbai. The foundation currently helps 4000 underprivileged children to get a better education, thereby investing in India’s future.

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Bali Bridges
Indonesia

There are over 13,000 children in Bali, Indonesia who are orphaned or living in severe poverty. Widhya Asih, a non-profit making organisation, was established in Bali in 1975 to support communities and children, living on or under the poverty line. UWCSEA established their partnership with the Widhya Asih organisation in 2006.

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Baobei
China

UWCSEA has supported Baobei Foundation since 2008, and strives to raise funds for the costs of transportation of the abandoned infants from rural villages to Shanghai, alongside the surgeries, the day to day aftercare, but the Global Concern also raises awareness of the cause among the student body.

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Blue Dragon
Vietnam

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation NGO focuses on providing street children with education, nutrition, health care, counselling, physical and creative activities, rescue, legal advocacy and a safe shelter. Their work is led by a team of social workers, psychologists, teachers and lawyers.


Blue Dragon GC works to raise awareness of Blue Dragon’s success stories. They read monthly newsletters and communicate regularly with the NGO. The GC group run community building sports events and collaborate with Blue Dragon children on photography projects, which are exhibited within the College and beyond.

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Bombay Street Kids
India

Bombay Street Kids at UWCSEA began their partnership with VOICE in August 2000, and currently supports a computer-training centre along with the daily mini meal scheme for primary school children living in makeshift homes beside the Borivali railway line.

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Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN)
Nepal

"Education is a right, not a privilege." Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN) acts as a voice for children who have been exploited as child workers. Most of the children are the victims of bonded labour or have been trafficked into the sex industry. CWIN campaigns against this mistreatment by providing temporary shelters and rehabilitation for children who have been rescued off the streets.

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Christina Noble Children's Foundation (CNCF)
Vietnam and Mongolia

Christina Noble Children's Foundation is a Global Concern dedicated to providing hope to children living and working on the streets and helping them to maximize their life potential. The aim of this organisation is to protect children at risk of economic and sexual exploitation, while ensuring these and other children in need have access to basic care and educational opportunities. UWCSEA has had a partnership with Christina Noble’s Children Foundation since 1993.

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Empowering Children of Vietnam (ECOV)
Vietnam

Empowering Children Of Vietnam (ECOV) is a Global Concern which strives to support children in Vietnam. The GC is student run, and consists of students in Grades 9 through 12 and it was established as a Global Concern in 2003.

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5 Rivers
Punjab, India

5 Rivers GC supports Pahal NGO, which focuses on the rising issue of the drug epidemic in Punjab, India. Their four main priorities are improving the health, education, environment and language of the people. They run several community-building programmes aimed at preventing drug use, such as fitness activities, financial education, blood donation drives, schooling for the young, and more.
 

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ACE
Bangladesh

Asian Children’s Education (ACE) supports the JAAGO Foundation, a Bangladesh-based organisation which caters to the education needs of children from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

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Africa GC: Kalahari
South Africa

The Kalahari Global Concern group works year round to raise funds to inspire, motivate and empower Kalahari learners to reach their full potential. The students we support live in the Moshaweng Valley, an isolated area in the Kalahari Desert. We are part of a network of several schools that are in direct contact with the village communities in the Moshaweng Valley, home to 30,000 people.

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Africa GC: The School of St Jude
Tanzania

The School of St Jude educates and accommodates children from the poorest families in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

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Bala Vihar
India

Bala Vihar, Chennai, supports the education and healthcare of 180 mentally challenged children by offering services like physiotherapy, yoga therapy and vocational training to help them integrate into mainstream society as much as possible. Funding for Bala Vihar also allows for the provision of medical services (in terms of 24-hour care by an attendant, treatment, diagnostic tests, medicine) and purchasing nutritional foods for the children who are undernourished.

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Big Brother Mouse
Laos

Big Brother Mouse seeks to promote literacy and education in Laos, principally through the authorship, publication and distribution of books.

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Cancer Awareness
Mumbai, India

The CPAA GC group supports the cost of treatment for cancer patients living in poverty in Mumbai, as well as health screening schemes and rehabilitation projects. They educate the UWCSEA community about cancer—knowledge is power! They raise funds through Hair for Hope, an annual hair shaving event to show solidarity with cancer patients, gain empathy, donate hair and provide financial aid for treatment.

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Children's Shelter Foundation
Thailand

The "Children's Shelter Foundation" is located in the mountainous area of Northern Thailand on the outskirts of Chiang Mai. Children and young people in need from the mountain villages and border areas of Burma and Laos live at this child care centre.

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A Key for Guatemala

A Key for Guatemala (Una Llave para Guatemala) supports the organization ‘From Houses to Homes’ (De Casas a Hogares) based in Antigua, Guatemala. The organization aims to help Guatemalan families who are living in extreme poverty (less than $1 a day), most of whom cannot afford shelter for their families, nor  the basic necessities of medical care and education for their children.

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Because I Am

Because I Am Focus Group is a forum for discussion of contemporary gender issues in our world. By challenging male and female stereotyping, questioning what we consider to be gender 'norms', and lending support to projects that align with our mission, we want to change how gender is talked about in the conversations we have.

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Casa Da Amizade
Brazil

Casa Da Amizade GC works hard to provide community, social and educational activities for the children of over 200 families in São Paulo's Paraisòpolis favela (shantytown) who would otherwise have no access to an education in this vulnerable community. UWCSEA's partnership with Casa Da Amizade started in 2012, and our financial contribution to the Casa supports their work in educating and sheltering those left behind by Brazil's economic boom.

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Daraja Academy
Nanyuki, Kenya

Daraja Academy is a boarding secondary school for Kenyan girls with top academic scores and exceptional leadership skills but no means to continue their education. The academy provides shelter, food, healthcare and counseling services which allows students to focus on their academic and personal potential, without being hindered by the everyday barriers of poverty.

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Delhi
India

Delhi GC is proud to support Prayatn, an organization whose name means 'effort' - an effort towards the development of the disadvantaged sections of society in South Delhi, India.

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GOONJ
India

GOONJ GC supports an NGO called ‘Goonj’ based in India that tackles with an essential human need that is often ignored – clothing. As hundreds die each year in the harsh winter weather of India, Goonj supplies these people with clothing donated from cities all around the world. GOONJ Global Concern was established in 2009.

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Hand in Hand
Ladakh, India

Hand in Hand India runs a range of projects to help disadvantaged communities in various parts of India. They focus on eliminating child labour through providing education, bring health facilities to rural communities, natural resource and waste management, microfinance aid for women in rural areas, and facilitate access to information, communication and technology in these communities.

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I-India GC
India

I-India is an organisation that aims to provide care, love and development for street children in Jaipur, Rajasthan in India. I-India aims to not only support the short term needs of children such as nutrition and health needs but also to address the long term needs such as education and the development of vocational skills. The organisation has significantly grown during the past few years and now aims to empower women as well as support villages through the supply of fresh drinking water.

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ACRES
Singapore

ACRES aims to protect animals. Through their research findings they educate the public by promoting active community involvement in the animal protection movement, as well as striving towards synergistic partnerships with authorities and related parties.  UWCSEA's involvement through their Action for ACRES programme came about in 2012 when the Grade 1 students became Animal Benefactors for ACRES, raising funds to sponsor three animals that had been rescued and were being rehabilitated by ACRES.

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Bali Sharks
Serangan, southern Bali

Bali Sharks NGO is based in Serangan, southern Bali. The NGO is dedicated to fighting for shark populations currently being decimated in Indonesia. On a global scale, 90% of the world’s shark populations have been wiped out in the last 10 years, due to the practice of shark finning to supply demand for fin-based products, the warming oceans, and the scale of fishing being undertaken in waters all over the world.

 

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Gili Eco Trust
Gili Islands Lombok, Indonesia

Gili Eco Trust NGO works to fight for marine ecosystems and develops sustainability initiatives and education. They aim to protect coral reefs from destructive fishing practices, work to prevent soil and beach erosion, run island-wide clean up programmes, educate the local community, work towards effective waste management and defend animal rights.

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Grey Area
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Grey Area GC supports Elephant Nature Park NGO which helps rescue and rehabilitate mistreated elephants that were previously in the logging and tourism industries. Their goals are to create a safe sanctuary for elephants, restore the surrounding rainforests and deliver animal conservation education to tourists and Mahout trainers.

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LEAF
Singapore and India

LEAF GC aims to promote sustainable practices and advocate environmental awareness on campus. LEAF continually works to increase awareness of environmental causes. We have recently worked with Sodexo in introducing environmentally-friendly cornware in the school canteen, established a No Plastics campaign for United Nations Evening and initiated a No Drive Day for the entire campus to promote eco-friendly transport. LEAF hopes to continue maintaining environmental mindfulness through creative and sustainable initiatives.

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Lighting a Billion Lives
India

Lighting a Billion Lives Global Concern supports the Lighting a Billion Lives division of The Energy and Resource Institute of India. The GC aims to enhance the lives of villagers by proliferating solar energy to rural villages that lack a sustainable form of lighting that is economical, environmentally friendly or healthy

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Ocean Filters
Global

This GC takes action to inform the school community of plastic pollution, particularly in the ocean, and to address the problems that arise from it.

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PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare)
Singapore

PAW (Promoting Animal Welfare) is a Global Concern that is determined to raise awareness and change the world’s perspective when it comes to animal protection. We work in close connection with ACRES (Animal Concerns Research and Education of Society) in order to host events and fundraisers that will ultimately be expressing the unheard voices of these mistreated creatures.

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