Service Learning Community Event – November 16

Service is central to all that we do at UNIS Hanoi and so what better way to celebrate our commitment to a Better World than a service day as a community!

UNIS Hanoi is organising a Community Service Day on Saturday November 16 with service orientated trips that are open to our community to join. The events are run by our student service groups and/or UNIS Hanoi service partners to provide opportunities for people to connect through fun and meaningful activities.

Plan now to join the following trips:

TRIP 1: Visit and design activities to Blue Dragon Farm & Garden

The Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation is one of our closest service partners and this trip will be our first visit to their new Dragon Valley farm and garden. The trip will involve learning more Blue Dragon from their staff and helping in the newly established garden.

We are also looking for volunteers to help Blue Dragon design and make some features for the garden including some Dragons. The Blue Dragon staff will share ideas about this on the trip and we are hoping to form a UNIS Hanoi based design team to follow-up on this. Please indicate in the sign-up form if you are interested in this aspect of the trip.     

When? Saturday November 16, 8.30-16.00
Where? Dragon Valley (90 mins from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Read more about Dragon Valley here

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to volunteer to help design the Dragons.

TRIP 2: Fargeen Farm Visit and UNIS Community Garden Volunteers

Fargreen is a new service partner for UNIS Hanoi this year and is working with us to develop our approach to sustainable farming and food production. They have been collaborating with the HS Garden Service student and this trip will help us learn more about their own systems.

This trip will involve visiting Fargreen’s farm in the Hung Ha District, Thai Binh province which is around two and a half hours from Hanoi and will include visits to local farms guided by Fargreen staff to learn more about their approach to sustainable farming.

When: 8:30 – 17:30
Where? Hung Ha District, Thai Binh (two and a half hours from Hanoi)
Who can join? All Ages (children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult)
Number of participants: 20 volunteers maximum
Where to meet? UNIS Hanoi Bus Stop
What to bring? Water bottle, Sunscreen, mosquito repellant, packed lunch, hat

Find out more about Fargeen trip here.

SIGN UP HERE for the trip and/or to support the UNIS Hanoi collaboration with Fargreen as an adult volunteer.

Any questions,  please contact our Service Coordinators:
MSHS Colin Campbell: ccampbell@unishanoi.org
ES Kris Bezzerides: kbezzerides@unishanoi.org

Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

Helping Hands Needed – Rice and Clothes Drives

Among the regions in Vietnam, poverty incidence is higher and deeper in the Northern Mountain and Central Highlands. Lao Cai Province, in the far North of Vietnam, is one of the poorest regions in the country. Most adults are subsistence farmers, but the mountainous terrain is very labour-intensive and families struggle to make ends meet.

Sa Pa, a popular tourist destination in Vietnam and famous for its scenery and ethnic minority groups remains one of the poorest districts of Lao Cai province. The district’s remote mountainous areas make the delivery of educational service more difficult. Other factors that keep Lao Cai’s enrolment rates the lowest in Viet Nam include language barriers, poor and outdated teaching methods used in many schools and dilapidated classrooms. Many of the Primary and Secondary schools in the area suffer from an inordinate lack of even the most basic resources and facilities. Most schools have insufficient classrooms, sanitary facilities, desks, chairs, and textbooks. Classrooms often have poor quality blackboards and some chalk, but that is the extent of their teaching resources.

This year we will be organising rice and clothes drives to support children in Sapa. Please donate any used children’s clothes or a small sum of money for the rice to B5 G18 (Mr Campbell’s office).

Upcoming Service Learning Community Day – Save the Date

On Saturday November 16 we will run activities in connection to our service programme. Our goal for these events is to offer opportunities for the wider UNIS Hanoi community to connect with our service projects and partnerships through fun and family friendly visits and volunteering opportunities. More details to follow next week about how you can sign-up for the events!

Operation Healthy Heart’s Fruitful Outcomes

On 10 May, our service group, Operation Healthy Heart went on a trip to visit the young children who used to have their heart complications.

Operation Healthy Heart is a group that aims to raise money in cooperation with Heartbeat Vietnam. We raised money to fund the less fortunate children’s surgeries. There are several children in Vietnam that lack the money to have proper treatment for their heart condition. The service group was originally the product of a PYP project done by Linnea Niklasson (Grade 12).

During the service trip members from the group went to the Cardiovascular Centre – E Hospital, along with gifts for the two children as well other children in the same ward. The first child that we met suffered from Pulmonic Regurgitation, this is where the pulmonary valve leaks and as a consequence blood flows back into the heart before it reaches the lungs for oxygen, however after multiple surgeries she is now much healthier and can go back to school.

The second child that we visited was much younger and she was still hospitalized when we went to see her. She suffered from Tricuspid atresia which is a heart valve defect, she has suffered from this since birth. She will go through additional surgeries to improve her condition.

From this visit, the members learnt the value and outcomes of all the work that we have done over the years. Throughout the year we have collected money through events such as the Winter Fest in December and selling popcorn during school plays.

We hope that the community will continue to support this group.

Anushka Biswas, Taku Shiwa and Thu Giang Pham (OHH service leaders)

Empowerment Art Exhibition – 18 May

The Gender Awareness Annual ART EXHIBITION‍ is on again.

The art exhibition will take place on 18 May (Saturday) at Turtle Lake, from 11:00~13:00. There will be artworks for sale and musical performances from UNIS students, as well as food to nibble on while you are there.

The Art Exhibition is held for the purpose of raising money for HAGAR. HAGAR is a non-profit organization which supports women and children who have been trafficked or victims of domestic abuse.

Tickets are being sold for 50,000vnd. You can buy them from in front of canteen during lunchtime and  or after school till 4.30pm

Please come along and support HAGAR! And if you can’t make it on the day we would love for your support to come in donation form.

Last year was a great success thanks to your support – let’s make 2019 even better!!

Thank you,

Gender Awareness service learning group

Honey for Change

The famous mixed wild flower honey is back in stock at The School Shop. Enjoy the flavourful honey produced by local farmers for only 250,000 VND per jar or 700,000VND for three jars and support Microfinance for Change Service Learning group!

 

Saturday Service Community Day – Sign up now!

Join Saturday Service Community Day on 4 May to make a Better World together!

This Service Learning community event is for UNIS Hanoi students, parents, faculty, staff, our service partners and the wider Hanoi community to connect with each other through fun and meaningful service activities and we hope that you will join in.

On Saturday 4 May there will be a variety of service activities for you to choose from:

  • A visit with Grade 6 students to the Tam Dao Moon Bear Sanctuary: The G6 students are currently collaborating with the Animals Asia on eight different action projects connected to the Moon Bear Sanctuary in Tam Dao. Volunteers for this activity will be led by the G6 students on a tour of the centre in Tam Dao and help them develop their abilities as Moon bear Ambassadors. Volunteers will also be asked to complete some other sketching, photography and research activities connected to the G6 Moonbears projects. This activity is for children of all ages, children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. We are looking for 30 volunteers. The group will leave midday and return to UNIS Hanoi at around 17.30.
  • Keep Hanoi Clean (KHC) clean-up morning: Join Keep Hanoi Clean volunteers in their efforts to contribute to making Hanoi a better environment for all of us. This clean-up session will focus on Hoa Binh Park (about 10 mins by taxi from UNIS Hanoi) and is a family friendly location. Gloves, tongs and water will be provided as we join the KHC team and volunteers to make a difference in the local community. We are looking 50 volunteers to join. Check out Hoa Binh park location on Google Map 
  • Games afternoon with blind students: This year UNIS Hanoi has established a new connection with a local organisation that supports blind and visually impaired children and their families. A group of Grade 8 students and teachers have led one successful day at UNIS Hanoi in Semester 1 and this will be our second session with the group. The Grade 8 students have prepared some educational story based activities for the students to take away and we will also work with the leaders of the group to run sports, arts and music activities with the children. We welcome 10 volunteers of 12 years old and above to come and join in the activities. Please note that children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Games and Art activities with children from Thuy An Village and the Huong La Centre: Come and play fun team and sports games with children from Thuy An Village Orphanage and Huong La Centre. A group of Grade 8 and HS students will lead the children through various sports and arts games. Volunteers will participate in games of football and other arts/ activities set up for our visitors. A great opportunity for members of our community that have an interest and/or expertise in working with people with disabilities to connect with these groups that UNIS Hanoi has develop close relationships with over a number of years. We are looking forward to welcoming 15 volunteers of 12 years old and above to join in.

SIGN-UP HERE to join your favourite activity

The UNIS Hanoi SCO Used Book Sale is happening on the same day in the morning and this year there will be a flea market as well. We will organise a BBQ that we will use to invite our service partners to have lunch with us.

School on the Boat Island Fun Run

Run for fun and to support Grade 8 Service partners School on the Boat

Sunday, 31st March

10km 1pm 350,000VND

5km 2pm 200,000VND

2km 3pm 50,000VND

Registrations available at the Spring Fair and online at https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

More details

https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

Geoff Piggott:  gpiggott@unishanoi.org

Milene Magre: mmagre@unishanoi.org

School on the Boat Island Fun Run 2019

Run for fun and to support Grade 8 Service partners School on the Boat

Sunday, 31st March

10km 1pm 350,000VND

5km 2pm 200,000VND

2km 3pm 50,000VND

Registrations available at the Spring Fair and online at https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

More details

https://www.schoolontheboat.fr/single-post/2019/02/15/Island-Run-3rd-edition-

Geoff Piggott:  gpiggott@unishanoi.org

Milene Magre: mmagre@unishanoi.org

Amazing Arts Auction – WE NEED YOU

Our annual Amazing Arts Auction is just around the corner… and our students are filling the wallspace with beautiful artworks, but we still have many blank spaces for community artists to fill!

  • Are you an expert or budding artist?
  • Do you know an artist who would donate a work of art?
  • Do you have a piece of artwork at home that you would like to donate?

Every year this UNIS Hanoi community fundraising event featuring artwork from students, faculty, parents and alumni raises thousands of dollars for our Service Learning programmes.

Without your art donations, our Service Learning programmes cannot deliver their full potential helping members of our Hanoi community! The Tet Holiday is the perfect time to explore your creative side! Anything creative (large or small) welcome: Painting, sketching, lacquer, embroidery, photograph, ceramics etc

And if you don’t have anything to join the exhibit… please come and join the bidding and take a unique original artwork home (or as a gift!). Save the date in your calendar now!

  • Opening evening: 18:00 on Friday, February 15
  • Exhibition: February 15 – March 1 (12.00 noon last bids!)
  • Location: Foyer – Centre for the Arts

The concept is simple: Visit the exhibition and make your bids in a silent, secret auction to take home an artwork of your choice. We will email all the ‘winners’ on Friday March 1.

Thanks to our amazing community, we have raised more than $10,000 USD from art auctions in the last two years. We look forward to a flood of artistic offerings this year. Don’t be shy! Your art will look fabulous in someone else’s home!

Please drop off your piece of art by Monday, February 11 at the Advancement Office (B7 Rm 102) so that we can create a wonderful exhibition.

Please complete our Art Auction INFORMATION FORM to let us know a little about you and your work to help us plan our display. We will find room for everyone’s art!

THANK YOU!

Questions? Contact  Ms Ha Dinh (fundraising@unishanoi.org) in the Advancement Office (room 102 – B7).

Impact Philanthropy – Your donations making a difference!

Rice and Clothing Drive for Sapa

The Sapa Helping Hands service group is organising a rice drive and a clothing drive for the children in the rural area schools in Sapa.

The rice and clothes collected will then be transported to Sapa to help providing lunch and warm clothes to the school children. Please join the Sapa Helping Hands by donating rice and clothes from now until the end of January! Carton boxes are placed around school, in the HS Office, in front of the library, in the canteen and in the ES office  for you to drop your donation.

Thank you!