Every act of community service produces a ripple effect. Help nurture our students’ capacity for compassion and humanity. Empower our students to give back to the community and develop servant leadership skills.
Duke-NUS believes in encouraging our medical students to give back to society as often and as soon as they can. Our students have initiated various community projects including Camp Simba, for children whose parents are suffering from cancer, and Project KAREn, an annual health and dental screening for a remote hill tribe in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Donations to this pooled fund will be used to help defray the operational costs for these community service projects which includes the purchase of medical supplies for the conduct of health screenings and education programs, etc.
The Batam Health Project is a collaboration between volunteer students from Duke-NUS and doctors from KK Women's and Children's Hospital to extend basic medical screening to the villagers in Batam, Indonesia. The volunteers make an annual trip to Batam for two days to conduct the health-screening. Following this, our volunteer draw up patient follow up treatment plans and clinic referrals to the local hospitals and clinics. Duke-NUS medical students, from the first year to fourth year cohort would participate in all aspects of the project, which include plotting height and weight percentiles, taking basic medical histories of the villagers, observing and assisting in the clinic and distributing medicine and vitamins to the children. Your donation to the pooled Community Service Projects Fund would be tapped on to support all community service programs like this whenever there is a need for additional funds to supplement the operational cost.
Project Karen is an annual overseas volunteer project for the Karen Hill Tribe villagers of Huay Khao Lip (HKL) village, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Fronted by a group of eager and passionate Duke-NUS students who passionately believe that medicine has no boundaries, this overseas project was conceptualized with two key objectives: (1) help the under-privileged, and (2) to gain experience and to improve the students' clinical skills by training under volunteer doctors.
Camp Simba is a 2-day residential camp for the children of cancer patients. This short getaway provides children with a temporary respite in a safe and positive environment for them. During the camp, the children would participate in a number of confidence-building and bonding activities in the care of our students leaders.
In addition, by helping to take care of their children for a weekend, we hope to give the parents some time alone, and give the care-taker some respite.
Duke-NUS students from the Benjamin Sheares College at WAAD 2013 "Light-It-Up-Blue" campaign at Ion Orchard
World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) 2012 was a first nation-wide event coordinated by Duke-NUS students from the Benjamin Sheares College with Rainbow Center, Autism Resource Center, Pathlight School and St Andrew's Autism Center. The objectives were to heighten awareness of autism and recognize its impact on the lives of autistic individuals and their families. Two major events were organized - the "Light-It-Up-Blue" campaign where prominent buildings such as ION Orchard and Singapore Flyer converted their night facades to blue, and a Seminar Series where parents and healthcare professionals were invited to raise pertinent issues regarding the management of autistic individuals. The Benjamin Sheares collegians will once again take the lead in commemorating WAAD2013 by emulating the 2012 event with a 'Light-It-Up-Blue" campaign, public road show and a seminar series. Your donation to the pooled Community Service Projects Fund would support all community service programs like this whenever there is a need for additional funds.
Donations will be used to help defray some of the projects’ costs, such as medical supplies for health screenings and education programs, etc.