Since 2008, FIE has raised and donated $36,000 to the Marol Academy, a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting sustainable education in South Sudan, the world’s newest country. Fundraising efforts by both FIE staff and students have included bake sales, second-hand book drives, and charity runs. FIE maintains a close relationship with Marol and its founder, Jok Madut Jok . Dr. Jok was born and raised in Sudan and is currently a professor at Loyola Marymount University, one of FIE's partner universities. Dr. Jok was the opening keynote speaker at the 2015 FIE Student Global Leadership Conference in a session titled: Global Encounters, Education, and the Art of Leadership.
The sales of our second-hand book drive have also supported Love Orphanage, a charity dedicated to providing a stable and safe space for children to develop their physical, emotional and mental well-being in Haiti. FIE learned of the organization through staff at our partner Drexel University. Together with donations to Marol Academy, the second-hand book drive has raised over $9,903 since Fall 2013.
MEAT FREE MONDAY
From the Meat Free Monday website: "Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat-free day each week."
At FIE, we’ve created MFM magnets as a reminder for staff and students when opening the fridge, hosted staff meat free ‘pot luck’ lunches, created meat-free recipe cards for the residence halls and even engaged students in meat-free cooking sessions. Among our core values are sustainability and social justice, and getting on board with MFM is an excellent way to demonstrate our commitment to these values.
Orchestra Vitae is a 63-piece orchestra of young professionals, aiming to break the boundaries of formality between the orchestra and audience and connect with people from all walks of life through music. OV regularly engages with local communities through outreach, concert talks, and collaborations with other musical genres. Former FIE RLS Michael Cobb went on to co-found OV and is now the orchestra's Conductor. Michael and Orchestra Vitae remain close partners with Orchestra Vitae presenting a session at FIE's 2015 Student Global Leadership Conference and hosting our students at a private concert at St. Stephen's church during arrivals weekend. Students away from their home campus are welcome to play with OV during their program with FIE.
Occasionally, our students find that they've purchased or brought a few more clothes than they can take home with them at the end of the semester. During the Donation Drive, students in FIE residence halls can donate extra clothing in designated bags left in their rooms. The clothes are given to TRAID (pronounced "trade") to be reused. From their website "TRAID is a charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. We turn clothes waste into funds and resources to reduce the environmental and social impacts of our clothes. It is a circular and sustainable approach to the problems of clothes waste tackling disposal, production and consumption."
TIME TO CHANGE
FIE is committed to supporting Time to Change, a joint venture between Mind and Rethink Mental Illness committed to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination. Through internal and external communications, FIE's Diversity & Inclusivity team opens up the conversation about mental health for our staff and our students through the Time to Change campaigns. Most recently, the #smallthings campaign launched in tandem with World Mental Health Day in October 2015.
- PALESTINE ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN'S ENCOURAGEMENT OF SPORTS (PACES)
- MEDICAL AID FOR PALESTINIANS
- SOS CHILDREN
- ACT RUN IN THE DARK