UNIS Impact Fund in Action!

Enjoy the first in a two part report for our community to celebrate the ways in which your support has had a direct impact on teaching and learning through the UNIS Impact Fund.

This week we focus on the UNIS Impact Fund Grants.

Since the Grants Fund was established in 2019 through the support of the School Community Organisation (SCO), the UNIS Impact Fund Grants Committee has received and approved many amazing initiatives and ideas coming from students, teachers and local staff.

As we approach the end of this school year, we would like to share with the community this year’s great projects in action!

We started the year with $14,508 USD available for funding new Grant proposals. The Community Connections programme created a further $2,191 USD income, providing a total of $16,699 USD available for Grants this year.

This year the Committee has awarded nine individual grants with a total value of  $5,317 USD distributed as follows:

SCO Cookbook Family Favorites for UN Day: A grant to support the production costs for the UNIS Hanoi cookbook – a project initiated by Grade 12 Parents & Students, with 175 recipes sent in from over 45 countries, contributed by UNIS Hanoi community members including our alumni. The cookbook was launched during SDG Week to help celebrate our UN Day. You can still get your copy by emailing sco_cookbook@unishanoi.org

Keep Hanoi Clean: A grant to support the pre-Tet community cleanup effort by Keep Hanoi Clean during the Kitchen Gods celebrations. As a result, 860kg of non-recyclable trash, plastic bags and recyclables were collected from two lakes and four bridges, stopping them from entering Hanoi’s waterways. Keep Hanoi Clean is a school Service Learning partner and has organised several community clean ups including during SDG Week.

Pedi Smoothie Mixer: A grant to pay the transportation cost for a clean energy powered smoothie mixer which was part of a PYP project by two Grade 5 students. The mixer is now a shared resource for community events as well as an advocacy & educational tool. (See the photo at the top of this article)

Outbreak Simulator for UNIS Game Design & Coding: A grant to support one of the Student Initiative Programme (SIP) groups for their development of a new computer game: “Outbreak Simulator” – a game to support education and health and safety understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding was to help the group to organise mini workshops about coding to the wider community as well as advertising and launch costs for their new game on a community platform.

Swing Chairs Weaving: A grant to teach children traditional craft skills at the same time as upgrading the swinging seats in the reading corner of the Elementary School playground. A project initiated by teaching assistants using macrame with natural material such as rattan or bamboo reeds to replace broken plastic materials.

Refill O’day Service: A grant to support a student led initiative with the aim to provide a sustainable solution where community members can refill household items (hand soap, dish soap, shower gel etc) using their home brought reused containers.

Compost facilities for the whole school:  A grant to support an educational initiative by an ES teacher to build composting facilities on campus in order that D-12 students, teachers and staff can all get involved in waste reduction on campus, making compost to be used in school garden beds. This project has now been included in the UNIS Botanical Garden project. There will be a full report on that project in next week’s Tin Tuc.

Vietnam Debate Team Accessibility: A grant to support local students in having access to the Vietnam National Debate Team, at the same time providing UNIS students’ a learning and leadership opportunity in the delivery of the programme. The action plan for this grant is in process and we will provide a more detailed report in the new school year.

Bluebells Helpline: A grant to provide partial funding to help a group of Grade 11 students create a non-profit mental health helpline catered to empower local Vietnamese youth. This helpline will be in the form of a call centre and an app for young people to find a first line of help with mental-health-related concerns. The project is fully supported, guided and mentored by health care professionals in partnership.

If you have an idea for a UNIS Impact Fund Grant, please find out more on the website, including the application form. Applications can be made at any time during the school year and the Committee meets monthly to review and approve Grants.

Our thanks to this year’s Grants Committee for their service:
Emma Silva – Impact Fund Committee (IFC) Chair
Vilma Niklasson – MS Student, IFC member
Eddie Lee – HS Student – IFC member
Qingli Liu – MS/HS Faculty – IFC member
Hanh Han Bich – VN Staff – IFC member
Gareth Harrison Poole – Parent – IFC member
Poul Lundsby – SCO Executive- IFC member
Pippa Wood – SCO Executive
Ha Dinh – Committee Coordinator – IFC