St Therese's Orphanage & School

St Therese's Orphanage & School

From ASOY Grade 2

ASOY's Grade 2 students & the children at St. Therese’s Orphanage need your help to support their solutions to the health risk of Malaria and other areas of concern they found through their design thinking process.

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7 months ago

Thank you so much for your generosity towards the 2nd grade fundraiser! Much has been accomplished within one week. As you know, our 2nd graders wanted to help out St. Therese's Orphanage, to see if they could make a difference by improving their living conditions. We started a fundraiser last Tuesday and it has been phenomenal what has been accomplished with around 900,000 cfa or $2,000 USD!
* built dropped ceilings for two rooms
* fixed roof
* fixed and replaced windows for dormitories and classrooms
* painted three rooms
* built a fence around the garden area
* made curtains, and put proper mosquito nets around each bunkbed (still in progress, but should be completed by end of this week!!)

YES! THAT'S IN A WEEK!!!

The next few projects that we are attempting to accomplish based on continued conversations are:
* fixing the latrine for proper drainage
* fixing and replacing the rest of the windows in the big building
* having mattresses made to fit the bunkbeds so there will be no gaps
* buying and/or making bedding

Our goal is to finish these projects by the holidays. We will need roughly 900,000 cfa or $2,000 USD more for the above. If you would like to be a part of this worthy cause, please consider sharing this site on your Facebook page or any other social media that you have accounts for, AND/OR donating to this cause.

Thank you so much to those of you have already helped significantly!

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For ASOY's Grade 2 IB PYP Who We Are unit on the human body, our students have joined with Emily Pinna, a visual storyteller and social designer, and the children at St. Therese’s Orphanage to follow the design thinking process to address issues and challenges by generating ideas and finding solutions in a participatory manner. The idea behind design thinking is that solutions found WITH the stakeholders rather than FOR them are more sustainable. In the case of these children, it was felt that by empowering the children to ideate and design a solution the outcome would be more powerful.

The focus of the exercise involving 53 children was on how we might keep our bodies healthy.  Before meeting the children of Saint Therese, we held a preparatory session with the ASOY kids. We talked about what it means to be an orphan. We prepared the students by trying to envision what we would see during our visit at the orphanage. This is a crucial EMPATHY step in design thinking, i.e. UNDERSTANDING where all participants come from and finding a common language.During our first visit at the orphanage, the students developed a better understanding of the living conditions in Saint Therese. They visited the classrooms and the dormitories of their new friends, observed their habits and checked out the bathrooms and cooking situation and ended the visit by playing different games together. This was an important part of the EMPATHY phase.

The following day, back at ASOY, we had a quick session DEFINING the problem to tackle with our limited resources. Together with six new friends from Saint Therese, we discussed our observations from the day before and began the process of IDEATING solutions.

The students came to the conclusion that tackling Malaria would be the most important and urgent intervention. Children observed there were no mosquito nets around and after inquiring with the sister running the orphanage, Soeur Marie Louise, and the children we found out that in fact a lot of children get sick with Malaria, which is the life-threatening type in Cameroon. 

During the PROTOTYPING phase we built some mock-up dormitories and tried out a giant mosquito net potentially covering ALL the bunkbeds at once…and learned quickly that this was not a good idea as the bottom of the nets would touch the floor, attract insects and dirt and would get ripped easily.  We prototyped another solution where we would install basically a "mosquito net ceiling" from wall to wall (there are gaps between the roof and the walls) and put up screens at the window/door.

Another visit at the orphanage followed, this time with some representatives from Grade 2 rather than the whole grade, and a carpenter and a seamstress to TEST and see if our plan was actually feasible.  It became clear that we’d needed a "real" ceiling in one of the dorms and that this would also take care of the mosquitos entering the room from the roof.   Further everybody agreed that a coat of paint is desperately needed in both dorms to create a healthier environment for the kids to sleep in. 

Through continued discussions, the children from ASOY and St. Therese's Orphanage determined the need to buy, fix, or build the following:

to ensure the roof to the dormitory and school rooms do not leak

to build a drop ceiling for each of the rooms for insulating against the heat AND to cover up the cracks and areas where mosquitos can enter into the rooms

to design a strong mosquito covering for the door openings

to cover the windows with screens

to buy new mattresses with a plastic covering

to provide new bedding

to build a chicken wire fence with gate for the garden area 

to purchase school supplies 

to provide story books

to provide rain boots and sneakers

This is only the preliminary list generated by the ASOY and St. Therese children.  All funds donated will go directly to the St. Therese Orphanage and  its school.

To see photos from our visits together, please visit Emily Pinna's website at https://gallery.emilypinnaphotography.com/dt/.

To see more about the Design Thinking process, please visit Emily Pinna's blog post at http://www.emilypinnaphotography.com/blog/2017/11/19/design-thinking-with-children-in-cameroon

Thank you for your support!

ASOY Grade 2, Ms. Becca Sciocchetti, Ms. Emily Pinna, & Ms. Michelle Jaeckel 

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7 months ago

Update #1

Thank you so much for your generosity towards the 2nd grade fundraiser! Much has been accomplished within one week. As you know, our 2nd graders wanted to help out St. Therese's Orphanage, to see if they could make a difference by improving their living conditions. We started a fundraiser last Tuesday and it has been phenomenal what has been accomplished with around 900,000 cfa or $2,000 USD!
* built dropped ceilings for two rooms
* fixed roof
* fixed and replaced windows for dormitories and classrooms
* painted three rooms
* built a fence around the garden area
* made curtains, and put proper mosquito nets around each bunkbed (still in progress, but should be completed by end of this week!!)

YES! THAT'S IN A WEEK!!!

The next few projects that we are attempting to accomplish based on continued conversations are:
* fixing the latrine for proper drainage
* fixing and replacing the rest of the windows in the big building
* having mattresses made to fit the bunkbeds so there will be no gaps
* buying and/or making bedding

Our goal is to finish these projects by the holidays. We will need roughly 900,000 cfa or $2,000 USD more for the above. If you would like to be a part of this worthy cause, please consider sharing this site on your Facebook page or any other social media that you have accounts for, AND/OR donating to this cause.

Thank you so much to those of you have already helped significantly!

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