by Emily Nguyen and Alexa Aranjo
Two years of Chadwick effort on an international service project will come to fruition this summer when the Adopt-a-Village program builds a school in Chismaute, Ecuador.
The school would like to have students travel to Chismaute this June and July to help construct the school.
One of the leaders supervising the project, sophomore Emily Newton, explains that “the school will be built this summer during June and July no matter how much money is raised.”
This year both the Round Square Board and Chadwick students are dedicating their time and effort to reach their goal of $8,500 through various fund-raisers by the members of Round Square.
In addition, other commitees of Chadwick School recognize the whole-school project and have offered to donate part of the profits they earn through their fundraisers. Diversity Council has donated their entire profit from the Samosas sale, and the Community Service Advisory Board has promised to donate 10 percent of the profits it makes from the Faculty Spelling Bee.
Many students have a very positive outlook on the trip. However, some wish that they were more informed and directly involved in the process.
Sophomore Isabel Ngan said, “I do feel like they could’ve told us earlier why they were going to adopt a village. This way more people could’ve put more of an effort in all the community service drives for this project.”’
Ultimately, most of Chadwick’s community is intent on making sure that the children of Chismaute receive a good education. Faith Memmo, another leader of the project, said, “We also want gather a group of non-Chadwick students from other Round Square schools to participate in this project as well.” Gradually, Chadwick hopes that this project will become an international project.
In the future, after the school has been improved and helped in Chismaute, Chadwick hopes to be able to “expand the support to other schools” says history teacherJohn Nordquist.
Since 2008, the Round Square Board and Mr. Nord-quist have been raising money to help provide supplies for the school in the Chismaute village.
This project is part of the Adopt-a-Village program. In 2008 Nordquist’s Challenge 20/20 class began researching extreme poverty through the world and ways of helping. Through this research, the class discovered that education was the most effective way to help the suffering citizens of developing countries.
Meanwhile, Chadwick students attending a Round Sqaure conference in Vancouver. From speaker Craig Keilburger, the founder of Free the Children, they learned about the types of actions that youth in the United States could take to help improve the lives of the children in these impoverished countries Free the Children is the world’s largest network of children helping children through education. The goal of this organization is to bring the children out of poverty and exploitation.
As a result of this speech, Nordquist’s class asked fellow Chadwick students to help in the Adopt-a-Village program in hopes ofbuilding and continuing to support a school in Chismaute.
Adopt a-Village is based on the organization Free the Children. Founded in 1995, international child rights activist Kielburger has helped encourage more than one million youths to help other children in more than 45 different countries.
“We would like to build a relationship with the village of Chismaute over several years,” says Nordquist. “I don’t know what the future will hold. It depends a great deal on how the students respond to this challenge. We could make a significant difference in the lives of children over time. We also would learn a lot from our partners in the village. They have a lot they can teach us.”