In the Gili Eco Trust Global Concern, we have been working on a multitude of projects to help Gili Eco Trust in the Gili islands with their efforts in supporting the community, raising awareness in UWCSEA East about various issues on campus, and working with other services to bring exciting ideas to raise funds.
Our fundraising group, which includes Victoria, Sonu, Zehn, and Diya, are working on a sustainable lip balm to raise funds. Currently, they are finishing their proposal to send off to service. To gather more data on the product, they will be sending a form to each grade to gather greater insight into the viability of such a product to be sold on campus. A sustainable product that people are willing to pay for has been challenging, but the group is persevering.
Our On-Campus action group, including Jaime, Tarana, and Yoko, has been working on a multitude of projects. At the start of the year, they were working in collaboration with other services groups to plan the art event. They are now working on a project to reduce the paper waste that comes from classes, e.g., paper booklets and blue booklets. They have worked on a form in which they will be able to gain some data and make a presentation off of that. Through their research, they want to find a sustainable solution to the waste of paper currently being produced in UWC.
For direct action, our service has been collaborating
with our NGO partner to support schools in the local communities on the Gili islands. Akshat, Liliana, and Aarushi have been working on a video about sustainable living practices and will be translated to Bahasa and sent to the NGO so students can learn more about how they can help reduce their environmental impact.
As for raising awareness on campus, which includes Aryan, Aanya and Ken, has been interviewing members of our school community regarding their knowledge about marine life and has been collating them into short videos. This will be shown in mentor time or in an upcoming assembly as a lightning-up activity to raise awareness about the service and marine life.
We have our collaboration with other services group. Tara, Sunny and Aryana are very helpful in this domain. They have made an action plan for an upcoming art event, they want to get approved by the service department. It is very creative as they want to take old trash and make it into some lovely artwork. They are currently awaiting approval from the service before going ahead with the event.
As for our chair, Roberto, he has been supervising the various groups, helping them when needed, and ensuring GET continues to be an effective Global Concern in the school’s service department. Throughout the weekly meetings, he will hop in between groups to check-in and assist in any new tasks/issues brought up.
In conclusion, our Gili Eco Trust group has been very successful and productive over the last couple of months. We have worked hard to meet all of our goals and ensure that everything that needs to be done gets done.