Hundreds of Young Beneficiaries from INTI’s Food Sustainability ProjectMay 10, 2013 | Campus News
Over 300 young children from 10 orphanages benefitted from Project 30 – a community service project by INTI students to teach young orphans to grow their own greens. Developed under the umbrella of INTI Here For Good, which is linked to the Laureate: Here for Good initiative, Project 30 centered on food nutrition and sustainability education for underprivileged children.
Led by Lee Chee Cai, the project’s organizing chairperson, over 30 volunteers visited and spent over three weekends in orphanages in Selangor and the Klang Valley to help the residents in their gardening project. They were able to reach out to an average of 30 children per home through the project as well as fun games and activities.
“Project 30 was definitely an eye-opening experience for my team and I. We were able to teach the kids and gained much knowledge and understanding ourselves. Being with the underprivileged children made us appreciate our own lives and family even more,” said Lee.
Sponsored by BABA, a leading manufacturer of gardening supplies, and global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the volunteers taught the basics and benefits of gardening and planting vegetables. Other activities included having the children put together a food pyramid puzzle and identifying the categories of food in each level.
The INTI Here for Good platform combines personal development and community service opportunities which benefit students in their educational experience. It is modeled after the Laureate: Here for Good initiative where students, faculty, and staff throughout the Laureate network are volunteering and providing academic, social services, and outreach programs in communities around the world. At INTI, students are provided various avenues to be actively involved in meaningful programmes that deliver the INTI Edge which encompass international exposure, innovative learning and individual development.
Chief among the sources of inspiration for INTI’s students and staff for community service and social responsibility is President William J. Clinton, who serves as The Honorary Chancellor of the Laureate International Universities network, a role in which he offers advice on social responsibility, youth leadership and increasing access to higher education. In his 2010 visit to INTI IU, he addressed more than 1,000 students and invited guests and inspired many others. Since then, INTI’s students have participated in global events such as the Clinton Global Initiative University, which brings together students from all over the world to serve the community.
Students are also able to learn from top global leaders discussing issues affecting the world today through cutting edge events such as the World Business Forum and Clinton Global Initiative. In addition, they have access to international faculty, overseas guest lecturers and study tours to INTI’s partner universities in other countries. These and more provide students access to an international learning experience beyond Malaysia as part of their studies and as part of their world class education at local prices.Students of INTI benefit not only from its over 25 years of experience and strong track-record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides. INTI is part of Laureate, the world’s largest private education network with a presence in 29 countries and online, with 70 accredited universities and 130 campuses, serving more than 780,000 students globally.