Service Learning – Project Week Action Plan
|Name and mission of NGO/ VWO being visited
If you are visiting a GC read through the
|Name: Mercy Center
Mission: We stand together with the poor
We work to help the children and communities of the many slums of Bangkok. Together with our neighbors in the slums we create simple-but-progressive solutions that touch the lives of thousands of the poor every day. We build and operate schools, improve family health and welfare, protect street children’s rights, combat the AIDS crisis, respond to daily emergencies, and offer shelter to orphans, to street children, and to children and adults with AIDS – always together, hand in hand and heart to heart with the people we serve.
Why is this Service needed?
What did you learn from investigating the issue and the NGO addressing it?
1. Interview GC student and teacher facilitators
2.Research using the NGO/VWO website
3.Contact NGO/VWO to find out more about the work they do and how you can your group can support them with their skill set.
|This service is needed because the people in the center are not as privileged as us, how we are always able to be educated in a good environment. Since the children sometimes do not have as good an environment to study then us, we think this service would be needed for motivational support where children can enjoy their learning at school more than they had been. Also, as we set up activities and games for the children, we would be able to help the children increase their collaboration and communication skills.
Mercy Center also referred as The Human Development Foundation (HDF) is a non-profit and non-denominational organization in Bangkok, Thailand. Mercy Center support both children and adults providing “a shelter for street kids, five orphanages, a hospice, a home for mothers and children with HIV/AIDS, a 400-pupil kindergarten, a community meeting place, and a serene haven in the slums with small gardens and playgrounds.” It has since expanded into a network of over 30 schools all over Bangkok, which have graduated an estimated 35,000 children. They are continuing to expand services to orphans, street children, and children with HIV/AIDS to improve the quality of life for these children.
The HDF was established by Roman Catholic Redemptorist priest Father Joe Maier with Sister Maria Chantavaradom in 1975. It began as a single one-baht-a-day preschool for every child in the SlaughterHouse, including children of all religions and circumstances. The Mercy Center cares deeply about inclusivity and equality. Children who are economically and socially disadvantaged are treated differently from others, such as children living with HIV. Father Joe Maier says, “We here at the Mercy Centre continue to fight but our fight is not just about the virus. Ignorance, discrimination and isolation limits opportunities to fully participate, preventing them from living full and happy lives.” By investigating the NGO, we were able to understand that we need to make sure they feel included and teach them skills that can help them have more opportunities in their future, just like other children.
SMART Goal/s for visit
Use the conversations with the NGO/ VWO to inform your groups SMART Goal/s
|SMART Goals: In the four days of visit, we would like to be part of the mission of the mercy center to break the poverty cycle, by setting up and helping activities that will enhance the skills of the children there, including language ,collaboration and communication skills.
We do understand that four days of visit is not enough for us to bring huge impact on the children there. Thus, rather than teaching something that is totally new to them, we will focus on raising the awareness of the importance of acquiring essential 21 century skills that are necessary for them to be able to play a prominent role in the society when they grow up. We think having group members that speak three different mother tongue languages(Chinese, Japanese, Korean) is our group’s strength. What we want to achieve from teaching 4 different languages is also raising awareness about the importance of not only having good communication and collaboration skills but also being fluent in foreign languages. We are aware that four days are not enough to make children be fluent in all those languages. However, our group members all have experience of having learnt new languages and having to speak them as fluently as we do when speaking in our first languages. It was hard for us to do so but our ability to speak English fluently has helped us a lot in so many different ways and given us so many opportunities. We believe that an ability to communicate with people from many different countries without language barrier is so important and will enable them to grab so many great opportunities that will help them escape the poverty cycle. We believe this project will be a good chance for us to introduce many different languages in an interesting way so that they could continue to learn a language they are really interested in. We would also like to give some tips on memorising vocabulary or improving writing/speaking/reading skills.
Prepare the chairs with 1 less students than the actual number of students and place them in a circle. When the music started, all the members began to dance impromptu in a circle, rotating their chairs as they danced to the music. When we stop the music and say “stop”, all members must find a chair as soon as possible and sit down. Then another chair was removed and the music continued… And so on, to see who makes it to the end.
Singing and dancing activities
Team Building Activities
|What evidence will you collect to demonstrate that your groups SMART goal/s have been achieved?
(surveys, interviews, video, photographs etc..)
|Student Names||Roles & Responsibilities needed to achieve the groups SMART Goals?|
|Ami||Plan and facilitate Japanese activities, and activities for communication skills|
|Yuyu||Plan and mainly facilitate the Japanese and English activities, contact with the service provider|
|Gwenda||Plan and mainly facilitate song and dance activities and Chinese activities|
|Yingtong||Plan and mainly facilitate the Chinese activities|
|Doris||Plan and mainly facilitate song and dance activities and Chinese activities|
|Chloe||Plan and mainly facilitate English activities and activities for communication skills|
|Do you need a budget?||Budget Item||Estimate in SG$|
|How will you take Action?
(specific activities/project plans that you will undertake, where and how it will be done, timeline, etc.)
|Timeline||Activities||Resources Needed||Who is responsible|
|10th Feb||Educational and motivational language activities||Knowledge of how much the children know
Cards to hold up
|10th Feb||Activities inclusive for children that will enhance their communication skills– cup stacking||Ami’s speed stacks||Ami, Chloe|
|10th Feb||Song and dance activities that engage children to not only lead a healthy lifestyle, but also learn different languages through songs at the same time.||Device to play music, speaker||Gwenda, Doris|
|Read and discuss the Child Protection presentation Summarise the considerations for your group||Although we thought the things to consider were obvious (no physical harassment etc), after reading it we realised the difficulty of keeping a not to close, nor too far relationship. We also think it is very important to not have the ‘air of superiority’ around ourselves, and interact them with full respect. We think we should be very cautious about this, especially because we are planning to do some activities that would involve some teaching.
We also think we should be very cautious about our communication that we have with the staff and the children, especially because we cannot speak Thai. We are thinking of double checking and saying clearly what we have said.
|Reflection and Demonstration
How will you share with the UWCSEA community what you have learned?
– Relationships built
– Partnerships strengthened
– Impact measured
(Service Blog, UWCSEA Perspectives, Dunia, Assemblies, Community Events e.g Family Festival)
|We will write service blogs with video/written reflections that include what we felt and learnt there, share our struggles and problems so it would be avoided the next time. We will also be updating our Project Week Book to showcase our journey with the children.|
|Project Week Supervisor||Mr. Ken Stirrat|
|Approval from NGO/VWO|
|Approval from Head of HS Service and Sustainable Development|
During Project Week – Action
(For GC’s Only)
How has funding from UWCSEA been used. Please include photographs as evidence for funding remittances. Please note that UWCSEA does not send funds for administrative costs such as staff salaries and office rental.
After Project Week
|Annual General Meeting
(For GC’s Only)
GC’s will use the information you have gathered above to report back to the UWCSEA community at the AGM
LO3: INITIATIVES (Planning & Initiating Activities)