2Develop is a platform to inspire, connect and empower students to engage in development projects. The name 2Develop suggests that as students engage in development projects that benefit others they also gain useful skills and attributes that benefit themselves.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi’s words concisely describe up the aim of 2Develop, a group that aims to facilitate the involvement of NIST students in development projects that not only benefit the communities they work with, but also benefit the students themselves through the development of useful skills and our community values.
The origins of 2Develop stretch back to NIST’s first CAS trip to Omgoi in August 2013. On that first trip, nine students home stayed with the local villagers and conducted a comprehensive need analysis to identify the most important development needs of the community. Students have since worked helped the village of Maeramit secure a safe source of water, construct toilets in homes than lacked basic sanitation and improve the quality of education for children. 2Develop has since launched a second project in Cambodia, as well as an off-shoot group: FairNIST Coffee.
Which UN Sustainable Development Goals Do We Support?
To provide a clear context for the aims of service groups at NIST, we align our projects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The SDGs work in the spirit of partnership and pragmatism to make the right choices now to improve life, in a sustainable way, for future generations.” This NIST group supports the following goals:
Key Contacts & Experts
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Sustainability & Transparency
All NIST service groups are held to our community’s high standards and values: integrity, caring, community and growth.
Funds Raised (THB)
Since its founding in 2013, 2Develop has raised over THB 550,000 to support its projects in Omgoi and Cambodia.
2Develop maintains an ambitious plan to transform rural communities in and around Thailand. By 2020 we aim to have ongoing projects in at least four communities beyond those currently operating in Maeramit and Cambodia.
95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.
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