We underpin our school’s vision with a practical commitment to internationally-focused outreach and charitable projects. In recent years, under the auspices of organisations such as Architects Sans Frontières (ASF) Macau, our students and staff have made substantial contribution to a broad range of humanitarian projects.
Yolanda was a multi-faceted project in 2016/2016 that aimed to assist communities in the Philippines, in particular those devastated by the impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in 2013. Under the coordination of ASF Macau, we contributed support for the following projects:
- 2-classroom building – Dumolog National High School, Roxas
Roxas is an underprivileged fishing village which is home to fisher folk, dependent on the sea for a living. Schools are ill-equipped and pupils attending these schools are poor and under-nourished.
- Playground – Dumolog Elementary School
We aimed to enhance the students’ learning experience and give them the opportunity to play in a safe environment through the building of a playground. A second playground was installed at Olotayan Integrated School in 2016/2017.
- Books and resources – schools in Roxas and Leyte
Three years after the typhoon, most schools had been rebuilt; however, ASF identified that schools in Roxas, the area hardest hit by the typhoon, were lacking educational resources. We sent 18+ boxes of books and other resources, donated by MAC students and parents, to schools in Roxas. In 2016/2017 we also started sending books to schools in the disadvantaged community on the island of Leyte: Anahaway, Tereza, Castilla and Gacao elementary schools, and San Lorenzo Integrated School.
Project Nepal in 2016/2017 was our next collaboration with ASF Macau, and was a response to the 2016 earthquakes in Nepal. According to a UN Nepal report, the earthquakes caused 8,790 deaths and destroyed 498,852 houses. This project’s focus was on building sustainable, cost effective, and earthquake resistant buildings for disadvantaged communities in areas not reached by the Nepalese government or other NGOs after the earthquake. The projects involved construction of a community centre in Thalo and a school in Bothe Phulping.
Learn through Play
After sending books to various Leyte schools in 2016/2017, we extended our connection with this region, and in 2017/2018 contributed towards the building of libraries and playgrounds for a number of schools.