Charities - CIS Gives Back
Service and Action is one of the pillars of the IB programmes. Internationalism is another.
We support three main charities at CIS: the Charity Club; the Burmese Refugee Assistance Programme and Team Peru. We also support a number of other charities each year, such as Help Haiti and the shelter for the homeless in Copenhagen.
THE BURMESE REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMME (BRAP): Seventeen students will be setting out in July for a second annual trip to work with Burmese refugees in Thailand. The group has an adult supervisor, but is run by the students. Remarkably, for a second year running, they have been able to decline the financial support offered by CIS, having become financially self-sufficient. No one who goes on this journey too (like Team Peru a journey of the mind and the spirit more than just the body), will return the same. One student who went in 2009 and graduated last year is joining the group for a second time this year, having found it such a transformational experience.
Team Peru is an extra-curricular programme at CIS that works in partnership with UK-based Kiya Survivors, a charity that supports over 100 special needs children in different areas of Peru. These children have suffered from abuse and neglect and Kiya offers them the education, love and support they need and deserve. Team Peru supports different centers for special needs children and encourages everyone at CIS to become involved, from PYP to DP students, as it is based on the idea of “young people helping young people”, and organizes biannual trips to Peru to allow students to experience the impact of their support.
Team Peru currently consists of a large group of dedicated students from CIS, who are active in finding sustainable support for the centers in Peru.
CHARITY CLUB: Because this Club is entirely run by students and supports more than one charity, it is not so well known in the school. It is our most venerable charity, being twenty-five years old this year. It supports three main projects: the Micro-credit Project in Ghana (one of the Ghanaians involved was flown over by the Danish state to speak to our students about the project last year); the Nzongomani School in Swaziland and St. Margaret’s Hospice in the UK. Click here for more information.