Making an Impact!

We want our students to wake up every day knowing we can change the world! Together.

The UNIS Impact Fund was designed and launched this year to support community inspired projects which will help our students do exactly that! 

Our community goals chosen by our students in November were to prototype Solar Power on campus and to create a UNIS Botanical Garden through fundraising with our community. READ MORE

And we got off to a flying start! But only a few weeks into our fundraising campaign, COVID-19 closed our campus and the uncertainty for our community put all our plans on hold. However, this was definitely postponement, not cancellation! There is still much to celebrate and we will start the new school year with our projects well underway with student leadership. Watch out for a full update in August!

And a big thank you to everyone who gave this year to get the projects started. Thanks to your generosity we raised $36,776 USD from 78 gifts from families, faculty, staff and alumni.

We will continue our fundraising for these projects next year, hoping to hit our $100,000 USD target! And our volunteer Impact Fund Committee will be waiting for new proposals for Grants, helped by our funding from the School Community Organisation.

This year the Committee approved Grants for student and faculty passion projects which ranged from reusable shopping bags as part of an IBDP Visual Arts project for our longest attending student, Shin Young Kim, to beekeeping suits for a new ASA (originally planned for Semester 2), musical instruments for a Service Learning project to extend its impact and two projects which will be implemented next year for students to learn Vietnamese textile arts from hosting resident ethnic group artists and to construct a sensory path in Elementary School.

The SCO donated $20,000 USD to support the Grants and nearly $15,500 remains for distribution next year.

Finally a big thank you to our 2019-2020 Impact Fund Committee (IFC):

  • Co-Chairs: Emma Silva (Director of Advancement) and Iraj de Silva (Parent)
  • SCO Executive member: Chris Behr
  • Parent members: Sandra Le Courtois and Gareth Harrison Poole
  • Student members:
    • ES: Vilma Niklasson G5 and Alan Daltry G5
    • MS: Beatrice Reilly G8 and Andy Choi G8
    • HS: Solene Shelley G10 and Eddie Lee G10
  • Faculty members: 
    • ES: Christy Heitmiller
    • MS & HS:  Qingli Liu 
  • VN Staff: Han Bich Hanh and Nguyen Thi Bich Hien
  • Admin member: Megan Brazil
  • Board member: Michelle Dinh Jones
  • Alumni member: Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003)

There will be places available on the IFC next year and if you are interested to get more involved please look out in August for more information.

Any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact the Impact Fund Committee and team on


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