Community Service at AISR does not only begin and end with the Creativity, Activity and Service Program (CAS). Some projects involve the whole school and have therefore given the CAS Program true meaning. They have enabled the whole AISR family to turn their eyes towards life outside the school.
Our CAS Sister School: Sun-spring Charity School in Lusaka, Zambia
Many of our service projects are dedicating to improving the lives of the children at our CAS sister school. Frank Masanta, director of Sun-spring, opened the school in a very poor compound in Lusaka, Zambia, because so many children there were not able to attend school for financial reasons. At present, education in Zambia is not mandatory, nor is it affordable to many families. Mr. Masanta is working hard to change this, and stated doing so by opening a school at which fees are not required. As a result, there are now more than one hundred children from N’gombe Township now going to school instead of being forced to work or beg. In addition, Mr. Masanta orchestrates education awareness events designed to pressure the Zambian government to invest more in education and children. Recently, thanks to AISR funding, Mr. Masanta hosted the annual Children’s Gift Day (a Sun-spring holiday that he initiated), and some key government officials are now taking notice.
AISR Elementary school at your service
The AISR Elementary Student Council has been instrumental in planning, organizing and executing a wide range of service opportunities for the school community. Grade three students and their teacher, Ms. Ana Nunes, have been exceptionally enthusiastic about creating awareness for and generating much-needed funds for our CAS sister school through a variety of events, which include: Sparkle Day, Movie Night, a coin drive, a toy and game flea market and the ever-popular bake sales. The latest school-wide activities generated by Ms. Nunes and grade three will be a photo contest and a refreshments stall for the end-of-year sports day.
ANNUAL TEA AT HUIZE TEN DONK
In the autumn, CAS students spend a morning baking from scratch and preparing finger foods for a high tea, which they then serve to the residents of Huize ten Donk, a retirement/nursery home for the elderly here in Hillegersberg.
AISR ACT (ACTION FOR CHILDREN TOGETHER): WALKING FOR SUN-SPRING
In October, the entire AISR community walks a collective 600 kilometers as an act of solidarity for Frank Masanta, founder and director of the Sun-spring Charity School in Lusaka, Zambia. This year, Frank will be walking a bit further -- from Lusaka all the way to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. AISR students and teachers solicit sponsors for the 3-5 kilometer walk in the Kralingse bos, and the money raised funds the education for the 100+ students currently enrolled in our sister school in Zambia.
READ TO GROW
Books are collected at least once a year for the "READ TO GROW, The Gift of Your Book" organization, which is a Dutch charity group which helps to increase literacy in developing countries around the world by providing schools with second-hand books. Educational materials are accepted only in English or French. The whole school joins in to support this mammoth effort, and AISR has been the recipient of the prize on two occasions for collecting the biggest amount of books in relation to its student population.