Alongside many other community projects (such as individual, class-run or grade level commitments), ISPP supports many organisations through fundraising and/or involvement in capacity building projects. These organisations must meet ISPP selection criteria and are reviewed every three years by the school’s Community and Service Committee.
Cambodia Teacher Training Project is a collaborative project involving ISPP teachers, as well as those of other IB schools, training teachers of local schools in the Cambodian provinces. The International Baccalaurate Organization of the Asia Pacific region and the Cambodian Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) have been jointly sponsoring a teacher training project since 2003 at the Kandal Provincial Teacher Training College, its Demonstration School, and three local Cooperative Schools. The purpose of the project is to introduce child-friendly, interactive teaching strategies into the teacher-training curriculum using minimal resources.
Students at ISPP work with children from the Cooperative Schools of CTTP. On Wednesday afternoons, ISPP hosts them here and teach them computer skills, English, arts and games. During Week without Walls, ISPP visits the local schools to teach English and to also do building and beautification projects around the sites.
Free The Bears work focuses on the Asiatic Black Bears and Malaysian Sun Bears. Working with Wildlife Alliance they rescue animals from illegal captivity and provide a sanctuary that endeavours to replicate their natural environments. Many of the rescued bears are, however, so traumatized by their experiences that they cannot live a natural life but FTB provides for them the best they can.
During Week Without Walls, ISPP students experience what it is like to work as an animal keeper at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC). This involves participating in the daily chores of cleaning cages, hiding food treats for animals to stimulate their natural foraging instincts and also making/repairing life enrichment toys to further engage the animals. Beyond this, Grade 6 students in Product Design Class design and make nesting boxes for the smaller animals cared for at PTWRC such as the Slow Loris and Asian Palm Civet. Their work can be seen in some of the animal enclosures but they are also used deep in the forest away from public interaction.
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This award-winning and internationally-renowned organization has worked with marginalized children and youth in urban areas of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Indonesia, Honduras, Mexico, Egypt and Myanmar since 1994. Guided by the voices of the children and youth themselves, Friends-International seeks to increase productivity and independence of some 50,000 young people per year using holistic, financially sustainable approaches to social businesses.
ISPP has utilized the skills of those trained in hospitality at the famous Phnom Penh Friends restaurant by employing two of its graduates to establish a new noodle bar on the secondary campus. Our elementary students visit with and interact with children from the organization where they learn what it means to be a global citizen. There are additional plans to extend the Friends/ISPP partnership further on our new campus.
Since 2005, Phnom-Penh based Happy Football Cambodia Australia (HFCA) has been engaging disadvantaged youth of Cambodia through football. The program, a free service for these young people, includes the equipment and training necessary to become highly-skilled team members who will compete internationally in the annual Homeless World Cup .
ISPP students and staff are involved in helping provide these life-changing experiences by joining in the training sessions and by organizing a major fundraiser to sponsor the world-cup participants. The annual ISPP fundraiser not only supports HFCA but also gathers students from both local and international school communities in Phnom Penh for a fun day out, interacting through team-work and fun energetic obstacle courses.
The Indochina Starfish Foundation is an international charity which helps some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children in Cambodia. ISF believes that every child has the right to education, healthcare and sport. Its education and football programmes deliver these rights to Cambodian children. It currently works with about 225 children from the Stung Meanchey district in Phnom Penh, a number the organization expects to gradually increase to 700 by 2016. Its football programme delivers coaching, leagues and tournaments to over 3,000 disadvantaged boys and girls in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Battambang, Prey Veng and Sihanoukville.
ISPP’s relationship with ISF started in 2012. ISPP students work individually with the organization’s children in a Big Brother/Big Sister Project on the weekends. ISF children also participate in Wednesday activities where ISPP students teach them things like English, arts and crafts, games and most recently swimming.
The Phnom Penh Animal Welfare Society (PPAWS) is a volunteer organization based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. PPAWS was founded in 2011 by animal lovers with a common wish to do something positive for the city’s creatures and people alike. The aim of the organization is to improve the welfare of Phnom Penh’s cats and dogs by working with monks to take care of abandoned animals in pagodas. PPAWS tries to find homes for animals that have needed or still need extra care and ultimately tries to educate about animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
At ISPP students create animal toys and do fundraising for the organization including the creation of PPAWS t-shirt and a PPAWS calendar.
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Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, they focus on two areas where they believe they can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. They work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.
Seedling of Hope is an organization that came into being in 1995 to improve the quality of life of Cambodian people affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization has a variety of programs both educational and sports.
ISPP students are given the opportunity to challenge themselves in this purely service-based activity. During Week without Walls and Wednesday activity time, students visit Seedling of Hope and share their knowledge and skills in creative ways with an often forgotten part of the Phnom Penh community.
Tabitha is a grassroots organization that addresses the needs of poor rural Cambodians by engaging local and international support for its many projects. The integrated development initiatives include work in health care, education, sanitation (water, sewage), housing, small business and co-operatives. These efforts enable the poorest of the poor to improve their health status, rebuild shanties into homes, have their own toilets, clean water, and drainage systems, reconstruct roads, develop their own small businesses or become workers in cottage industry programs and learn to work together as a community. Over 1,800,000 people have transitioned from poverty through their savings program and 20,000 house have been built.
Staff and students at ISPP have been involved in fundraising for and contributing to weekend house building expeditions since 1996 and have helped build over 300 houses. At secondary we hold a number of school events to raise funds to build houses in Pursat province. Throughout the year students involved in housebuilding work to ensure the success of these events. Each year we aim to raise enough money to build at least 10 houses for people who otherwise would not have a safe and healthy home. Being part of the student housebuilding group gives students experience in fundraising and event management. They learn about sustainable development and have an opportunity to help those in need.
Cambodia is home to 14 globally endangered species, including the Asiatic Black Bear, Malaysian Sun Bear, Asian Elephant, Indochinese Tiger and the Pileated Gibbon. There are various national parks and protected forests in Cambodia, however, land encroachment, illegal logging and wildlife poaching gravely threaten all of these protected areas.
Wildlife Alliance’s mission is to work directly with habitats and communities to protect and preserve natural environments. Their focus is on direct action on the ground and direct access to the people actually performing the everyday tasks such as locating restaurants, selling illegal animal products for food and working with the government to rescue these animals and close such restaurants.