Workshop Session #5


Workshop Session #5

Workshop #36: WaGIN: We are all Guajira

Room G-104

Global Issues:

  • Climate Change

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

  • Water Deficits

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

  • Education for All

The Columbus School

Envigado, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we reduce the carbon footprint of a social project without reducing its quality?

Impact Statement:

By March 7, 2018, we have successfully served 3 Wayuu communities (Cascajalito, el Milagro, Ipotshîyu) by using water solutions, education, and hygienic resources to help promote education, fund a sustainable and healthy water supply, and provide hygienic products to the communities. Our community has raised the money to fund this project through methods like bake sales, piggy banks, and the selling of lottery tickets to accomplish our goal of effectively organizing a school trip to visit the Wayuu communities of La Guajira.

This year we had the goal to reduce our carbon footprint in a trip, while helping people in the community there. To reduce our carbon footprint, we first calculated the amount of carbon emissions and then identified the main factors producing it. For example, in the past we had used water bottles to remain hydrated during the trip. This year we required the students to bring a water bottle with them and we would fill the reusable bottles with bigger bottles. This way we the amount of plastic would decrease. We also implemented the use of ECOntainers. This idea is to put all of the litter that we produce during the trip in bags, and bring it back to Medellín. We did this because La Guajira doesn’t have a good dumping system. In addition to all of this, we are creating conscience through our whole school.

The WaGIN project is working on its sustainability practices by implementing several methods. First of all, we are trying to guarantee that the campaign encompases every grade, from k4 to 12th grade. Involving the community this way also takes shape in educating it, for example our team went to elementary school classrooms to present the Guajira project, which assures that our project has transgenerational sustainability, meaning that our project will leave on even after our student classes graduate. By educating children, the project also reaches their parents. Those who are more involved with the project have also formed committees that aim to understand problems and help develop solutions that will remain for several student generations. In future, we plan to help find solutions for the current problems in La Guajira and to evaluate the trip’s carbon footprint in order to … . We also plan to have eighth graders spread the information on the project through massive communication methods such as social media and our school’s website.

Workshop #37: Así Soy Yo

Room G-105

Global Issues:

  • Education for All

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio Bolivar

Cali, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we support young mothers in poverty conditions, through this difficult process while helping them regain their self-love, confidence and ability to trust?

Impact Statement:

We plan to successfully serve 8 teenage mothers in the Hogar Santa Ana by the month of February. This has been accomplished by meeting with them twice a month for the past 5 months with the sole purpose of aiding them in the rebuild of their self love and self esteem, as well as in the process of becoming/being young mothers and creating a life plan.

In order to make our project sustainable our team has dedicated to mostly impacting others just as we were when we first started this project. The plan is to primarily impact the teenage mothers we have been working with the most in hopes that one day they can use what they have learned and experienced with us and pass that on to their children and others to help break the cycle. The idea is not only to impact/ inspire the girls we have worked with, but also students who will be attending the conference in Costa Rica. Last year at the Panama conference we were inspired by The White Box Project to create a similar project so we hope this conference we get to make that type of impact on someone else. Finally, we are going to pass down this project to a after school group called Voluntariado at our school that centralizes in social service and have worked in different social areas. There is also another alternative which would be having future GIN students to pick up this project and continue it as it has happened in the past, were the 10th grade GIN class continued a project we did last year named PAWS, in which we helped rescued animals from the organization Paraiso de la Mascota have a better living condition, and find them a better home.

Our project, Asi Soy Yo is a project dedicated to work with the Hogar Santa Ana and the eight teenage mothers living there. This project was created to step up the fight against poverty and pushing towards education. The main goal of the project is to help these teenage mothers understand that no matter what there condition is or what they have gone through, it is important to love oneself and the importance of forgiveness. Other minor goals are teaching the young girls how to properly take care of their baby and themselves in means of giving both the mother and the baby, the proper nutrition, self care, and love they both need. We achieving these goals we decided using methods such as talks from professional pediatricians and psychologists. As part of the project, we have also been giving them boxes filled with hygiene products on a monthly basis. Our personal goals however were to create a bond with the girls and get them to trust us not only for the project, but for ourselves and them. Of course before starting the project we had to do some research on the subject to be more prepared for when the visits would start. We did a lot of research especially on the causes of why this would happen, followed by the effects, statistics across the globe and Colombia, institutes we could work with and more.

Workshop #38: Your Home Could Kill you if you Let it

Room G-106

Global Issue:

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

International School of Port of Spain

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Essential Question:

What are the best products to use at home to ensure environmental safety?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served the environment, and people in general by raising awareness of harmful products we use everyday, why we shouldn’t use them, and how we can replace them with other products. We did this using social media resources, and information dissemination strategies to accomplish our goal of effectively influencing our school community to be responsible consumers.

As our goal is to protect the seas and ourselves from harmful chemicals that we use regularly within our homes, we are raising awareness within our school and reducing our usage of harmful chemicals. To do so, we first circulated information on the problem as well as what could be done at home to reduce usage through the school’s official Instagram account. We posted informative videos and images once to twice a week on the topic, however, we realized that in order to have a greater impact, we needed to take direct action within our community. A key area where impact could be had was our school. We are in the process of communicating with the school maintenance department to determine their use of cleaning products in order to alter our school’s regular consumption of harmful products. We hope to eliminate some products harmful towards our environment in order to become more responsible consumers.

In order to ensure the continuation of this project, due to our absence in later years, we plan to entrust this programme into the hands of future middle schoolers and forthcoming GIN gatherings. For the full impact of the project to be felt on the school even in years long after it was founded, we will encourage our maintenance department to continue their routines in usage of non harmful cleaning products and plan to create a visual reminder to display within the school to directly promote the usage of alternative cleaning products within the home, ensuring a long lasting and even greater impact on the environment. Our current goal is the search for other outlets through which we may disseminate information; possible ideas are our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and our school newsletter.

Workshop #39: Blankets for Change

Room G-204

Global Issue:

  • Climate Change

Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Essential Question:

How to DIY a blanket without spending money?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully Have made 10 blankets by February 13, 2018 using used clothes and the help from our teachers and community, by helping with the providing of clothes in time of need, and by supporting our project through the whole process, with the use of a special frame we created, and with the use of more than 200 Shirts this 10 blankets where accomplish, and more to be expected in the future.

Our project is about the creation of a blanket for the new born babies in the Catarino Public Hospital in Honduras. We created these blankets with used clothes cut into strips, and then positioned in a framed made of wood with nails with a margin of about 5 inch. Our goals are to make a big amount of blankets by partnering up with the charity of Voces de Esperanza, and then share our blankets with the babies in the hospital. We found a lot about how clothes affects our environment, and that we should make people aware of the effect this has on our environment. We spread awareness in our school by giving talk to middle schoolers and primary students, so they get informed about the situation, and as they grow old try to change the new generation’s minds.

Blankets for a change plan of sustainability is to partner with an international charity called Voces de Esperanza. They will help to create more blankets with the help of volunteers from the community. The school will help us by providing the clothes we need to create the blankets, and if possible also become active volunteers for the cause. Also we will create more frames so more blankets can be done at a faster pace. Awareness about the issue will be one of a our main point for getting the community involve, and with the help of Voces de Esperanza our project will keep growing and growing.

Workshop #40: Education For a Better Future

Room G-206

Global Issues:

  • Education for All

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

The American School Foundation of Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico

Essential Question:

How can we make an impact on young education in public schools in Mexico?

Impact Statement:

The purpose of your project is to assist a Elementary public school teacher with her combined grade 1 and 2 classroom of students with learning difficulties and discipline issues.

We are assisting elementary students in a public school in our city of Guadalajara. The school is located in San Juan de Dios which is a neighborhood of low socioeconomic status. The teacher is in charge of teaching two grades (first and second grade) in the same classroom and most students have learning difficulties or behavior issues. We help her out by repeating instructions to individual students and helping them complete their class work, bringing new activities, or simply being a friend to them.

Workshop #41: School Design x Hospital Maria

Room G-103

Global Issue:

  • Global Infectious Diseases

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

American School of Tegucigalpa

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Essential Question:

How can recycling textiles and clothes help our communities, our school, and the environment?

Impact Statement:

By October 2018, we want to successfully serve Hospital Maria by using old school uniforms and clothes and recycling them into bibs, chair covers, tablet holders, aprons, etc. . We will also supply their game area, playground and their patients with new games and tablets so they can heal in a fun environment and have better quality of life than the one they have now. By working as a team and asking for donations to our community, we will accomplish our goal of effectively organizing our school community, involving people in textile recycling and children’s care.

Our School Designs project consists of recycling school uniforms and clothes. We will collect donations within our school community and convert the school uniforms and clothes into other products This year, we will be helping children in the Hospital Maria. We want to use our project to transform old uniforms into things that children in the hospital will benefit from such as bibs, aprons, backpacks, etc.

We have three plans for the hospital: to improve the game room, then the playground, and lastly, to incorporate tablets into the hospital. By promoting these three projects, the hospitalized children can be entertained during their time there. We want to address the problem of children who are sick to have some fun and be able to help them forget their problems once in a while and have fun as we did when we were kids. This project also benefits our local community due to its recycling component of textiles, which reduces pollution.

Our School Designs project consists of recycling school uniforms and clothes. We will collect donations within our school community and convert the school uniforms and clothes into other products This year, we will be helping children in the Hospital Maria. We want to use our project to transform old uniforms into things that children in the hospital will benefit from such as bibs, aprons, backpacks, etc. We have three plans for the hospital: to improve the game room, then the playground, and lastly, to incorporate tablets into the hospital. By promoting these three projects, the hospitalized children can be entertained during their time there. We want to address the problem of children who are sick to have some fun and be able to help them forget their problems once in a while and have fun as we did when we were kids. This project also benefits our local community due to its recycling component of textiles, which reduces pollution.


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Workshop #42: Ayudando Abrigando – Improving lives one blanket at a time

Room G-205

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we create awareness on the importance of recycling, help the ones in need who suffer from temperature drops?

Impact Statement:

By March 1st, we have recycled more than 130 tons of plastic, made 10,000 blankets and donated 8,000 blankets. Ayudando Abrigando has successfully served more than 24,000 people by donating blankets made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles with the help of more than 300 companies and people.

Ayudando Abrigando is a non-profit organization that recycles bottles to blankets. Our goal is to inform our community about the importance of recycling, give warmth to those in need, and avoid the use of plastic. In less than a year and six months, we have been able to recycle more than 130 tons of plastic and turn it into 10,000 blankets which 8,000 of them have been delivered to people in need. We work with more than 300 companies, hotels, shopping centers, schools, universities, and beaches to recycle all the plastic they use. We have informed our community about the consequences when using plastic and showed them different ways in which they can stop using it.

Our project is sustainable because unluckily, plastic is used for mostly everything now a days. People have started to notice the importance of recycling and are now recycling their plastic. We do not promote or encourage the use of plastic in any way shape or form but we are sure that plastic is not going to disappear in the next 10 thousand years so if we need to use it, then we will recycle it. Many people suffer from temperature drops and our blankets are the perfect way to prevent them from getting sick.

1)Ayudando Abrigando is a non-profit organization that recycles bottles to blankets. Our goal is to inform our community about the importance of recycling, give warmth to those in need, and avoid the use of plastic. In less than a year and six months, we have been able to recycle more than 130 tons of plastic and turn it into 10,000 blankets which 8,000 of them have been delivered to people in need. We work with more than 300 companies, hotels, shopping centers, schools, universities, and beaches to recycle all the plastic they use. We have informed our community about the consequences when using plastic and showed them different ways in which they can stop using it. 2) Learn the different ways to prevent the use of plastic, learn what plastic can turn into, how temperature drops can kill people, and how blankets can prevent it. Get informed on how much plastic we have been able to recycle in less than a year and six months. Be able to identify all the people that help and support our project in different ways.

Workshop #43: Caminando Ando

Room G-203

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we improve lives and recycle at the same time?

Impact Statement:

As of March 2018, we have successfully served 50 people living in communities about 100 kilometres outside of Lima. We have donated ponchos and shoes made out of recycled materials.

We made a bargain with Ayudando Abrigando that if we used their “merma,” we need to give something back. Hence, we are placing more Ayudando Abrigando trash cans so they could collect more plastic water bottles. Subsequently, our project is sustainable because we are invariably doing events. For example, we have contacted Ms. Rynerson, and for next semester we are going to do an “out of uniform day” so we can assemble money. For students to go to school without their uniforms, they shall pay five soles.

1. Interactive Activity 2. Research / Our Learning 3. Explaining Our Project – partnerships, etc.