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BISS Pudong Student Service Initiatives with Habitat for Humanity

December, 2013
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In Shanghai, Habitat for Humanity has launched the ‘Shanghai Age-Friendly Housing Project’ in partnership with the Shanghai Senior Citizen’s Foundation and Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau. Their work involves renovating homes for low-income seniors with a focus on incorporating safety equipment and making their daily lives more accessible.

On 30 November, six IB students from the Pudong Campus of the British International School, Shanghai (BISS Pudong) volunteered at one of their projects in Minhang. The elderly man who owned the apartment had lived there for 40 years, the past three years alone. The home was in desperate need of repainting, re-flooring, tiling in the kitchen and bathroom as well as rewiring electrical plugs.

The students’ job was to repaint the walls as well as the windows and doors. Together with three Shanghai American School (SAS) Pudong students they spent the day painting two full coats. It automatically looked a lot more inviting and welcoming, like a home should be. The students were all taken by surprise at what a huge impact something so small and simple did to the apartment.

Throughout the next few weeks’ professionals worked to complete the more vigorous and skilled labour, such as changing the flooring and tiling.

Prior to the job, BISS Pudong students held several fundraisers to raise money to purchase the required materials. This included a bake-sale at the Christmas Bazaar, sweet sales during lunchtimes and a competition to guess the number of jellybeans in the jar.


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