With a strong belief in giving back to our communities, and an aspiration to make a true difference to the world around us, social responsibility and community service are integrated into every school’s academic curricula, where students learn the values of compassion and selflessness, initiating a culture of caring from a very young age.
We highlight below some of the societies and causes we support here below, feel free to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be involved or contribute in any way:
Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA)
A registered charitable organization that operates an animal shelter and adoption center, The Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA) was formed in late 2007. ESMA currently houses about 300 dogs and 300 cats and are committed to improving animal welfare in Egypt in all areas of need. The American International School in Egypt - West Campus is actively involved with ESMA with fundraising and volunteering initiatives.
St. Andrews Refugee Centers (StARS)
Starting in 1979 by providing English language instruction and community support, StARS was founded by St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo. The organization has grown to serve more than 3000 refugees, asylum seekers, and vulnerable migrants through education, psychosocial, and legal aid programs. StARS purpose is twofold: to provide high-quality services meeting unaddressed needs of refugees and asylum seekers, and to provide a safe and inclusive space for displaced people to come together as a community.
Children's Club at Recycle City (Garbage City) Cairo
Recycle City is a community in Cairo made up of garbage collectors known as the Zabbaleen. The Zabbaleen community collects garbage from all over the city and makes a living by recycling approximately 85% of the trash they collect, a statistic that far outstrips the 25% recycling of trash by Western companies. The American International School in Egypt - West Campus fundraises and regularly plans student visits to the Children’s Club as part of their service involvement.
The Adopt-a-Camp Foundation (AAC) is an internationally recognized and registered foundation that helps improve the lives of the men working as unskilled and skilled laborers in the UAE. AAC has been operating for 10 years and currently has 53 camps and 57,400+ men under its wing. The Universal American School team works with AAC on its many initiatives. Teachers have created a customized ESL curriculum and volunteer to teach English at weekly lessons, school buses help ferry the participants to and fro the learning centers and most recently, Grade 8 students came together to run a memorable cricket day including hospitality, gifts and donations of sporting equipment.
Save the Innocents (SaTin)
The non-profit Save the Innocents (SaTin) organization provides free education for poor and deserving children in Lyari, Karachi, Pakistan. Established in 2005, SaTin’s unique sustainable approach raises funds to initially help provide villagers with an alternative source of income, so that they would send their children to school, rather than put them to work at a young age. Providing a renewed sense of hope and responsibility, SaTin now funds 100% of the education for children, runs a hospital in the area, and has also built wells and provided hand pumps to ensure fresh clean water. Elementary students at American International School in Abu Dhabi recently raised funds to send donations to SaTin children.
UNCRC Policy Center: Hope for Children
The Hope for Children (HFC) Center cooperates with professionals to provide psychological support and counselling services, as well as recommendations for policies and legislation. Alongside their many projects and campaigns they implement grassroots programs for and with children that have the aim of empowering youth and in turn strengthening civil society “Hope for Children” UNCRC Policy Center works together with national, regional and international advocacy institutions to reform child welfare systems on behalf of children who depend on them for protection and care. The American International School in Cyprus is actively involved with the Hope for Children Shelter and participates in HFCs annual musical production, UNITE, held in aid of the shelter.