World Clean Up Day
On 17 September 2022 we celebrated World Clean Up Day with clean ups across three locations, collecting over 900 kilograms of waste!
The event was organised in collaboration with Seven Clean Seas, three partner schools and government offices including the Department of Education, Department of Environment and Department of Social Services.
After the waste collection at the three sites, all participants came together at one location - here, students learnt about the impacts of waste on the environment, played games and enjoyed a waste free buffet lunch.
Prior to the event, school students were asked to create products from waste that were exhibited at the event, with one school selected as the winner for best products, and one selected as winner for the best stall.
65 students from three Learning Centres in the northern part of Bintan Regency came together with government representatives and parents to plant 1,000 mangroves in Pengudang Village.
The mangrove seeds were provided at no cost by the Department of Environment, and the planting location was facilitated by the Pengudang Mangrove Community.
Students loved planting mangroves together while learning about the importance of mangroves in coastal and marine ecosystems.
Darto and Jaslan from Nikoi and Cempedak islands visited our office to train staff in CPR. As we work with children from small island and coastal communities, and often hold outdoor learning sessions and events, it is important that our team are prepared to respond to emergency situations.
International Adviser visit
With the return of travel, we were very grateful to be able to welcome back our program adviser, Mary Van Der Heijden. As always, Mary arrived and hit the ground running, providing a range of trainings to the team based on their level of experience and skill.
Mary is an integral part of The lsland Foundation and our work, and has been with us since inception. When not on the ground, Mary supports us from afar, inputting to our Learning for Sustainability program, providing training, and contributing to Board meetings.
New Board Members - Emma Dudley and Albert Tsui
We are excited to introduce our new Board Members, Emma Dudley and Albert Tsui!
Emma Dudley has worked exclusively with the not-for-profit sector for the last 10 years with McKinsey, Just Cause and her own business, Saga Tree, specialising in organisational development, strategy and impact measurement.
Emma was the lead author of a report on the challenges and opportunities faced by the Indonesian education sector. The report, written for philanthropists, guides funding for systemic interventions and impact.
Albert Tsui is an Executive Director at the Singapore Business Federation.
Prior to his current role, Albert was employed at the Ministry of Trade and Industry where he worked on Singapore’s COVID19 response.
Albert has also worked at the Singapore Ministry of Education for eight years in various roles, including as a Vice-Principal.
Farewell to Board Member, Melissa Murray-Bailey
Melissa Murray-Bailey joined The Island Foundation Board in 2018 while based in Singapore. For the past two years, Melissa has been in New York but has continued to contribute her skills and expertise in governance, leadership and communications to The Island Foundation. Due to challenges with location and travel, Melissa is standing down from the Board. We are grateful for Melissa's input and will miss her incisive perspective and wisdom.
"During the four years I spent as a board director for The Island Foundation, the organization went through a tremendous transformation. I witnessed a commitment to diversifying the board as well as upleveling the talent of the organization. Through the evolution of the organization's mission and vision, we were able to create a robust five year strategy focused on the educational impact of children attending our learning centers. Additionally, under the leadership of a new Executive Director, we opened new learning centers, trained teachers and collaborated more closely with local communities. It has been an exciting journey and I believe there are even greater things ahead" - Melissa Murray-Bailey.