The Refugee Educational Support Program – Everyone Can Teach, also called “RESPECT”, is an Upper School Club that provides educational support to refugee school children in Hong Kong. On a weekly basis, CDNIS students meet with and tutor refugee students at the Refugee Union Centre in Sai Ying Pun and help with math, reading and writing. The CDNIS students have also recently introduced “inquiry units” of four lessons each in addition to focusing on math and literacy.
RESPECT has spent many hours working with the refugee children. As they’ve spent time together, the CDNIS students have observed additional needs for the refugees and have taken steps to do more. CDNIS students are taking action!
Many of the refugees are financially unable to buy sanitary products such as soaps, detergents, tampons, pads, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. In addition to running “materials” drives at CDNIS, the students sought financial support from CISPA Outreach in order to purchase sanitary products in bulk. Students in RESPECT are now sourcing and providing sanitary materials to refugee children on a regular basis.
RESPECT also came up with a creative and impactful way to keep the parents engaged while the children are receiving their tutoring lessons. They have arranged mindfulness sessions several times per year to help cope with stress and well-being. CISPA Outreach helped source yoga mats for people to use during the sessions. The students are hopeful that the refugees will also teach their mindfulness skills to friends, family and their community.
CISPA Outreach is delighted to see RESPECT grow and thrive, and we are pleased to support this initiative.
The CISPA Outreach Committee provides financial support to CDNIS inititatives like RESPECT that have a charitable, service, sustainable or environmentally conscious element.
If you have a CDNIS community initiative that is in need of financial support, contact us. Outreach is proud to support positive CDNIS community initiatives that seek to make a difference. And if you would like to join the CISPA Outreach Committee, get in touch! Contact Amy Ng (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Clare Arnold (email@example.com) to learn more.