SecondChance@NIST is a service initiative that aims to support the residents in the Klong Toey Slums, especially the workers at Second Chance Bangkok (an organisation that upcycle old and unusable material intol beautiful souvenirs). We help them expand their business, by providing them with resources (such as quality second-hand goods), selling their goods here in school and raising awareness at NIST about their organization.
We are a group of students from NIST International School who have dedicated ourselves to creating a bond and fulfilling the dreams of children living with HIV. We work with a HIV orphanage in Lopburi called Baan Gerda to ensure that the children feel accepted in the world.
Because children’s immune systems are not fully developed, children living with HIV get sick more severely than adults. They may experience the same common pediatric infections as HIV-negative children, but cannot fight these infections as effectively. In developing countries in particular, tuberculosis, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses are common in HIV-positive children. Children often face other issues related to living with HIV disease, including, family issues, bullying and medication adherence. As children age into adolescence they may also begin to face issues regarding sex and physical appearance. Dreams we Believe in seeks to help children living with or affected by AIDS mitigate some of these issues by enabling days of play and friendship.
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
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Funds Raised (THB)
Amount of money we raise Auction
- Collecting ample amounts of donations (clothing and other materials) for Second Chance Bangkok to recycle or upcycle.
- Collecting specifically old uniforms from NIST through collaboration from NIPTA (already begun) and delivering them to Second Chance who can then either:
- Remove logos and recycle the material for their shop.
- Keep the NIST logo and recycle it, with those items with the logo solely being sold at NIST.
- Straw holders with NIST logo
- Yoga bags with NIST logo
- Water bottle holders with NIST logo
- Raising sufficient funds through fundraising events.
- Teaching the workers of Second Chance basic English language.
- Conducting a needs analysis in the slums to see if they have all their basic necessities met, and if not, seeing what projects we can start there to help them meet their needs.
95% of all funds and resources raised have been directly funneled to the beneficiary communities.
Steps with Theera
The facility will have financial support which will enable them to improve their materials that are used for specially abled people in daily basis.
EG) Art Auction that was held in March 22nd
Specially abled children in the community of Steps with Theera will engage with weekly art session.
EG) Weekly Art Session
Offered to have time and space to create art projects, where they can improve or challenge on their art skills
Able to create a bond with involved and extended communities outside of NIST, and grow emotional character as well as communication skill and leadership
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