Last 6th-11th December 2015, 23 Cempaka International School students along with 4 teachers embarked on an educational and charity trip to Mumbai, India as part of a voluntary service program organised by the Cempaka International School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP). The program was part of the Community, Action and Service (CAS) component of the course which requires students to fulfil 30 hours of community service work.
According to Nicholas Tan Hao Yu (Junior 1 Cempaka, Class of 2017), the students visited underprivileged areas in Mumbai and participated in charity events where they donated food and other basic necessities to various organisations in the city. “In preparation of this, the IBDP students have raised funds by selling food at their booth for the past 2 months, and from the money collected have proceeded to buy the items to be donated, which they have boxed to be given to the less fortunate on their visit.”
What did you learn from this trip?
Benjamin Lee (Senior 1, CIS Damansara Heights) replies, “Firstly, I learned a lot more about Mumbai’s history and about Mahatma Gandhi’s past. Moreover, I learned a lot about their culture and I was able to have an insight on the lives of poor students in rural India.” Iman Najwa binti Shairulazlie (Junior 2, CIS Damansara Heights) added, “I learned about the power of education and how it affects the lives of the poor.”
The group was comprised of Senior 1 and 2 students, as well as members of Cempaka International School Damansara Heights’ own Young Journalists’ Club. Malaysian newspaper, The Starquoted deputy head prefect Adrian Ang Yu Wei, “We got a first-hand look at the extent of poverty among slum dwellers. I was deeply moved when I saw the people’s destitute conditions.”
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