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TIS Strives for Anti-Slavery Cause

May, 2013
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Slavery still exists. There are 27 million men, women and children living in the shadows, working as slaves, in 161 countries.

Tianjin International School (TIS) has joined the fight against modern day slavery with the School 2 School Project. Three former TIS teachers work at a school in Svey Pak, Cambodia, and last year a group of High School students went to Cambodia to become educated on the problem of modern day slavery and to help with service projects, teaching English and running day camps. When they came back to China they did not want to forget the people whose lives had touched theirs, so they asked themselves a simple question, "How can we help?" From that question the School 2 School Project was born.

“Many children in Cambodia are malnourished and go to school most days on an empty stomach,” says trip leader Keli Schoon. “Our students are blessed to have food to eat every day and we decided to challenge the student body to help raise money to start a hot lunch program at the school in Svey Pak. Our goal was US$3,000; we exceeded that goal and raised over US$4,600. Every class from ECC to High School participated, and the Middle School students on their own initiative put together a benefit concert where they raised US$400. I have been so impressed with the students and their participation and willingness to learn about the problem of modern day slavery and ask themselves the question: What can I do?”

Michaila Cooper, a senior and one of the students on the team, says she does not want to be a bystander through life. “It is too easy to sit on the sidelines and think, somebody should do something about that.  I wanted to encourage the students that together we could be an answer to a need.”


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