Social Responsibility and Charity
Every member of the Shrewsbury International School community recognises the responsibilities that we have to care for each other and for those with fewer life opportunities than ourselves. At Shrewsbury we support charity partners at a local and national level.
Our partnerships operate on three main tiers:
- Financial - Students, staff and parents regularly contribute their time to help raise money to fund specific projects that our charity partners have identified as priorities for their beneficiaries.
- Non-Financial - Students, staff and parents work together to purchase or donate essential products that people in the local community are currently living without, and that would make a huge difference to the quality of their lives.
- Outreach – Students and staff volunteer their time and their skills to our charity partners, strengthening their organizations and reaching out to their beneficiaries.
In addition to our ongoing support, we also have an ‘emergency fund’, ensuring we are poised to react quickly and confidently to International Disasters. We have previously funded humanitarian responses to the Nepal Earthquake and the Philippines Typhoon.
Our current partners include:
- The Mercy Centre in Bangkok – In 2015, we entered into a sponsorship agreement with the Mercy Centre over a 2 year period, underwriting the costs of food and medical care for 226 students. The Flat 12 Pre-school in Klongtoei provides education for slum children ages three to six. The project serves as a head start program for the poorest children in the Bangkok slums. The curriculum includes Thai, English, arithmetic, hygiene, Thai history, folklore, music, dance, singing, sports, and the arts.
- The Hub in Bangkok - Based on the philosophy that all children and young adults should have the opportunity to learn as a basic right, The Hub functions as a unique youth service offering education opportunities, youth case-work and a ‘Skills for Living’ programme. Shrewsbury is currently funding a ‘bakery’ element of their Youth Enterprise Programme, providing budding businessmen and women with a platform to develop their ideas and skills to build a career and create employment opportunities for themselves.
- The Good Shepherds (Sister Louise) in Bangkok – Working in the slums of Bangkok, the Good Sheperds provide Residential Care Services (allowing vulnerable girls from all over Thailand to pursue their studies and take opportunities to learn further income-generating skills such as hairdressing, computer and dressmaking) and Day Care Centres (providing education, health care and nutritional meals for children whose parents work all day and other small children from poor families in the neighbourhood, who are at risk). Children in the care of Sister Louise come to Shrewsbury every week for English lessons and to learn to swim.
- Camillian Home in Rayong Province – Supporting abandoned or orphaned children living with disability and HIV/Aids; and also the direct sponsorship of Fern, a young girl living with HIV.