The origins of WATU begin in the misty fjords of Norway then travel via the beauty of Florence to the shores of Lake Leman. This almost mythical journey has involved the raising of Krone, Euros and Swiss Francs for the support of state primary education in Moshi, Tanzania. On a two year cycle, groups of international students from Norway, Italy and now Switzerland have raised funds and applied them on site using their own labour under the supervision of local craftsman.
Money raised by WATU has been matched by the Righ Foundation and these funds have been used to support scholarships for talented Tanzanian students who have little or no means to pay for their continued education. WATU has provided funds to enable hundreds of the very poorest students to receive a regular lunch at school at no cost.
WATU raises funds through regular bake sales, the sale of greeting cards, raffles, the annual ‘Silent Auction’ (PFA), and WATU student sponsorships. WATU also receives support from School Dances and International Day. WATU has received the ECIS ‘Outreach’ Award.
IKOKU aims to support the efforts of the Turkana people, in particular children and women, with providing clean water, sanitation and a mobile clinic.
Emalaikat has been present in the area of Turkana for 25 years. Its main aim is to implement projects to effectively relieve poverty and sickness. Emalaikat also preserves and protects good health by provid- ing and assisting in the provision of medical care and treatment. This includes preventative healthcare and the promotion of health education, focussing on the cause of diseases. In Turkana, many people are in conditions of need, hardship, sickness or distress as a result of physical, economic or environmental conditions like drought, earthquakes, flooding or other natural disasters. Or because of their social or economic circumstances. What differentiates Emalaikat from others is the permanent living status of the organisers in the area.
The aim of the society is to try to make a difference by increasing student awareness on global issues, both humanitarian and environmental, and to raise funds to alleviate global problems. We support a number of charities as the need arises and according to student wishes. However, our main charity is Save Our Lives Ghana. Save Our Lives Ghana (SOLG) started its first orphanage in Agroyesum, a little village about 60 km from Kumasi.
Other charities regularly supported are the International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance which is a small organization based in Geneva that harvest rainwater and provides sanitation for small sustainable projects around the world and Lantern Projects supporting well building and water purification in Cambodia.
MADS organises the annual gift box appeal for underprivileged children in Eastern Europe within the Secondary School.
Aarohan is a New Delhi based children’s charity that’s devoted to helping underprivileged children understand that they have a right to an education.
The aim is to assist children who are not able to attend school due to exceptional personal circum- stances. The work of Aarohan focuses on the ‘slum’ children of New Delhi who are forced to eke out a living on the streets. These young children spend their days collecting rags and combing through rubbish heaps so that they and their families may exist.
We plan to hold regular ‘in house’ events such as non-uniform days at the end of each half term and also a sale of used CdL uniform. Staff and students who engage with the charity will also be encouraged to hold ‘one-off’ events to raise further funds for the project.
The charity was officially registered in 2005, although it was first conceived in 2003 by Rani Patel. Faced with the consequences of the petty crime of these ‘street children’ (her car was repeatedly vandalized) Rani realised that she had to do something to help them to find a way out of their bleak futures. So her journey started with 7 children with the sole aim of eradicating illiteracy.
Today Aarohan has helped over 1700 children, over 750 achieving mainstream formal schooling, help- ing over 350 children a year. All the children also receive a nutritious meal each day.
‘Serenje Orphans Appeal’ is registered as a UK Charity. We support an orphanage in Zambia known as the ‘Serenje Orphans Childrens Home’ (SOCH). This orphanage has a capacity of 44 children. Each year, we raise 60% of the total running costs of approximately CHF32,000, with the remainder being raised by another international school, St George’s British International School in Rome.
SOA offers a range of fun activities for students, parents and staff right across our school. The ‘Middle School SOA Lock-in’ involves Middle School students (under the leadership of the High School SOA Committee) raising funds by spending a night at the school to experience a taste of what life could be like without their usual luxuries of tasty food, a soft bed, and electronics. The ‘SOA Rocks Concert’ is a charity event in which students, staff and parents perform on stage in front of an appreciative and diverse audience. The staff (including parents and friends) events involve a 2-day bike ride around the lake (‘SOA Tour du Lac’) and a 2-day hike in the Jura (‘SOA Reach for the Stars’).
SOA was established at CDL in 2009 by Mr K. Gilbert, who also founded the SOCH orphanage in 2004 whilst working as a volunteer teacher in Zambia. Over the years, SOA has been awarded many ECIS and USTINOV Outreach grants for various diverse projects at the orphanage, from the funding of a fish-farm to support for the construction of a guesthouse which will build some self-sustainability into the project.