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  Project Coast2Coast's main focus on overseas projects is related to Children and Education and had sent teams to Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia and Laos since our establishment in 2005.  However, these projects are not solely focused on overseas communities. As part of our preparations for the trip, C2C volunteers also serve the needy in our own community (e.g. VWOs). When the team returns to Singapore, volunteers will follow up with the local community by sharing their experiences and also engaging the same VWO. This will help our volunteers appreciate the differences and similarities in the country of service and that of Singapore. More importantly, the message that we want to send out to all volunteers is that we should never neglect the less privileged in our society.

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  Team 17
Bohol, Philippines
18 Mar 2015 to 27 Mar 2015
 
 
 

Our C2C Team 17 of 33 members was in Bohol, Philippines from 18th March to 27th March 2015 to continue to be involved in the rebuilding works in our beneficiary - San Isidro Elementary School from where Team 16 had started in Dec 2014. Scope of works includes replacing the windows and doors of classrooms, painting murals on the classroom walls, setting up a playground and conducting interactive sessions with the students.

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  Team 16
Bohol, Philippines
28 Nov 2014 to 7 Dec 2014
 
 
 

On 28th November 2014, twelve participants formed “Team 16” and embarked their journey to Bohol, Philippines, and spent 10 days in the province helping their beneficiary - San Isidro Elementary School.

Scope of works includes restoring 4 fallen classroom walls, giving a freshly painted classrooms and interaction with the students. After two months of intensive preparation, 10 days of hard work, two local community projects and countless unforgettable memories, the project successfully concluded on 7th December 2014.

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  Team 15
Compostela, Philippines
9 Dec 2013 to 22 Dec 2013
 
 
 

C2C Team 15's team of 10 passionate youths was in Mapaca Elementary School to collaborate with the local community in the restoration of school facilities and various education exchanges. Among the school structures worst hit by Typhoon Bopha was the kindergarten classroom, which had a sidewall & roof ripped off, leaving the children to endure the elements during classes. With the help of local engineers, our C2C team 15 set forth to restore it. Our coasters also refurbished the interior with a fresh coat of paint to the smiling faces of the young children!

A library was also set up in another classroom to further nurture the children's learning. Team members expressed their creativity with the concept for the library, which included categorised bookshelves, a cosy reading corner, complete with murals of hand-printings by both the children and teachers. Our team also built a new playground made of old tyres and taught hand-washing, first-aid & teeth-brushing lessons which the children enjoyed very much. Our coasters also conducted sharing sessions with the teachers before the team bade farewell to the school & teachers on 20 December, knowing that the school would continue to strive on bringing better education to the children.

It had been 2 weeks of truly fulfilling expedition, during which the team were extremely touched by the hospitality of the local communities and Filipino officials. The locals' warmth, strength and passion for life had certainly impressed upon the members to strive to be better ourselves. We would like to express our deepest appreciation & gratitude to Econ Healthcare Group, City Developments Ltd, Singapore First Aid Training Centre, PSB Academy, Crepes & Puffs, P.Osh, Blessings in a Bag, National Youth Council, Youth Expedition Project, Nurture Pods Pte Ltd, GUIDES, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Miss Angeline, and all our partners & friends in Singapore and Philippines for their support and partnership towards the successful completion of our project.

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  Team 14
Iligan City, Philippines
15 Dec 2012 to 27 Dec 2012
 
 
 

Project Coast2Coast sends its first team to Philippines to assist in the recovery work of Typhoon Sendong in Iligan City. A total of 14 members embarked on this project to one of the temporary shelters in Mandulog Barangay. The project consisted of enlarging the existing intake box, constructing a larger water catchment reservoir, installing new water piping linking from the stream to the temporary shelter, and the taps at the living area.

The existing intake box, water catchment reservoir and piping belongs to the owner of the adjacent land and who had kindly agreed to allow the team to make the changes to benefit the community in having their own potable drinking water.

The team received overwhelming support from the local government of Iligan City, the international NGOs such as OCHA and IOM as well as the 41st Infantry Batallion, which we are all very grateful to. The various organisations ensured a holistic experience for the team, not just to complete the project, but also in terms of learning about the culture of Philippines, the background of Typhoon Sendong and also interaction with the local youths. In that, the Team took home a lot of stories to share with their peers and people around them.

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  Team 13
Luang Namtha, Laos
22 Dec 2011 to 1 Jan 2012
 
 
 

C2C sent its 13th team to Ban Nong Buoa Primary School in Ban Nong Buoa Village, one of 80 villages in Muang Sing Town, a multi-ethnic town located northeast of Luang Namtha, Laos. The team of 20 was involved in painting of educational murals and installation of piping systems for the toilets in the school. Coasters also constructed a playground with some sports and games facility, besides conducting enrichment workshops for the children in the school.

The team also managed to secure sponsors for some laptops and a projector and also fundings to install electricity cables and ceiling fans for the classrooms. The children were also given goodies bags and old clothes for the children and villagers near the school.

The team also visited the Sister Marie-Catherine Yungmaly Nazareth Centre in Vientiane and teach the girls balloon sculpting and played several interactive games such as captain's ball and dodge ball with the children. Several coasters also put our culinary skills to good use by whipping up five home-cooked dishes for the home's lunch before returning to Singapore.

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  Team 12
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
11 to 19 Dec 2011
 
 
 

After a lapse of 5 years, C2C sent a team back to Banda Aceh to do some refurnishment works to our 2 kindergartens in Lamteh and Leung Bata.

The team was involved in conducting oral hygiene and awareness lessons to the children in both our kindergartens as well as the children staying in the Fajar Hidayah Integrated Boarding School.

The team also built a cosy C2C corner in Fajar Hidayah for the children to relax and enjoy during their free time.

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  Team 11
Hallimayar Village, India
10 Dec 2010 to 24 Dec 2010
 
 
 

Team 11 Coasters set up mini library in Hallimayar village in Tamil Nadu state. We also painted murals at the GTR school building and conducted some enrichment workshops (e.g. art from recycled wastes, origami, sports etc) for the children.

The team also participated in planting, soil erosion works and installation of playsets for the village. We also participated in the removal of Prosopis juliflora (Seemai Karuvela Maram) weeds from the sanctuary. In collaboration with Arulagam (Local Host Organisation), we screened films with environmental & nature conservation theme for the villagers.

Coasters had a cultural exchange programme with the school. We performed skit, dance and song items and also put up a C2C (Singapore) carnival & exhibition for the children. After leaving Hallimayar village, the team visited Maranatha and Smyrna Homes in Ooty. These were the Homes that Team VI worked with. Finally, the team went to Kanyakumari for mangrove planting activities.

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  Team 10
Battambang Province, Cambodia
21 Dec 2009 to 04 Jan 2010
 
 
 

Coast2Coast 10 embarked on a project to Peaceful Children Home II (PCH) which is located at Battambang Province of Cambodia.  The team refurbished the building structures with a new coat of paint with interesting murals and constructed pavement to connect the various buildings of the home so that the residents of the home need not to walk through muddy soil grounds with hidden potholes to get from one point to another.

Team 10 also organizes Sports Days for the children and taught them how to hand-make a photo-frame each for their individual photo taken by the team. C2C 10 also make a visit to PCH I in Kandal Province to have some cultural exchange with the children that Team 8 befriended in 2008. The team conducted classes for the children in both homes during the expedition.

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  Team 9
Sichuan, China
13 to 26 Dec 2009
 
 
 

Coast2Coast 9 consists of 21 people who shared a passion to come out from our comfort zone to do their little for those affected by the 12 May 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. The team worked with the Sichuan Youth Development Foundation to donate and built a library and also painted murals in the library and the dormitories and tuckshop at the You Zha Primary School.

C2C also donated a long-shelves school t-shirt for the 662 students in the primary school, besides conducting interactive sessions with the children through teaching of English, Origami, Singing, Dancing, Art & Craft, Health & Education lessons for the students. Coasters also have friendly games like soccer, basketball, captain ball with the teachers and students in the school.

The team also donated equipment and setup a multi-purpose room (MPR) and painted murals for both the MPR and the Psychological Room in Tong Ji Secondary School to round off their expedition in Sichuan. 

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  Team 8
Kandal Province, Cambodia
29 Nov - 11 Dec 2008
 
 
 

C2C Team 8 spent 2 weeks in the Peaceful Children Home (PCH) I managed by the Khmer Foundation for Justice, Peace and Development in Kandal Province, Cambodia.

The team's jobscope included cleaning of the interior of the dormitories, fabricating of the iron beds, drawing and painting of murals on external dormitory walls, making of cement staircase, interaction with children as well as going to the market to buy food to cook for the group. Throughout these activities, the teams bonded and developed teamwork which enabled them to accomplish their work faster and more enjoyable.

The team also put up a cultural show presenting the four races of Singapore, our culture and food through songs and dance and held a lantern procession around the home. The children at PCH were happy and enjoyed themselves very much from the food, gifts and company of the team.

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  Team 7
Preak Russei Region, Cambodia
22 June - 6 July 2008
 
 
 

Having access to clean drinking water is anything but a privilege for rural Cambodians, where water-related diseases contribute to more than 70% of mortality rates.

Together with Research Development International - Cambodia (RDIC), C2C Team 7 worked tirelessly over 2 weeks to build a rainwater harvesting system (RWHS) in a rural school in the capital's Preak Russei region, where arsenic contamination plagued many traditional sources of drinking water. Concurrently, Team 7 also helped conduct health education classes to the school-children.

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  Team 6
Ooty, India
16 to 29 Dec 2007
 
 
 

C2C Team VI was in India on a 2-week service learning coursework for the Smyrna Home and the Maranatha Home in Ooty.

The 17-man team's jobscopes in this expedition include replacement of roof tiles and construction of two new toilets & two shower rooms for the 42 boys who used to share 1 common toilet in the orphanage. Coasters also teach the children English and conduct interview skills and public speaking lessons for the older boys, besides organizing sports and games sessions at the Maranatha Home.

The team also upgraded the Computer Centre in Smyrna Home by donating 5 new computers to the home and also clean up and painted murals in the centre to make it more attractive for the children.

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  Team 5
Mumbai, India
24 Nov to 9 Dec 2007
 
 
 

C2C's Team V was in India from 24 November to 9 December 2007 to embark on a 2-week creative learning coursework for the street children of Doorstep School in the slum districts of Mumbai.

Through this expedition, the 15-man team supplemented Doorstep School, a local NGO, in their existing education programmes via Arts, Drama and Sports classes to instill in the street children a love for learning. A total of approximately 1,000 children benefited from the 2-week programme.

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  Team 4
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
15 to 26 Dec 2006
 
 
 

Project Coast2Coast sent in a 4th expedition to Indonesia's Banda Aceh to do mural paintings and conduct hygiene and awareness sessions with children at Fajah Hidayah through games and play.

The team also re-visited the earlier projects at the two kindergartens to do refurbishment works and set up a library for the children in the new Fajar Hidayah Intergrated Boarding School, built by Singapore International Foundation and funded by the Tidal Waves Asia Fund managed by Singapore Red Cross.

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  Team 3
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
16 to 25 May 2006
 
 
 

C2C 3 went to Banda Aceh to impact basic first-aid skills to a hundred over teachers and youths and also organize interactive programmes for the kids in an orphanage run by Fajar Hidayah.

The team also painted the fences built by C2C Team 2 at Leung Bata kindergarten and conducted interactive sessions with the children in the 2 kindergartens built by Coast2Coast.

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  Team 2
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
5 to 18 Dec 2005
 
 
 

A 2nd expedition team of 28 members were in Banda Aceh, Indonesia from to complete the furnishing of our two kindergartens at Lamteh and Leung Bata. The team, in addition to organizing interactive sessions with the kids, also set up a playground and a library at each of the kindergartens.

Both projects were completed and officially re-opened in its new premises on 17 December 2005 by our Adviser, Mr S Iswaran, then Minister of State for Trade & Industry (now Senior Minister of State for Ministry of Trade & Industry and Ministry of Education) and Member of Parliament for West Coast GRC.

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  Team 1
Banda Aceh, Indonesia
28 May to 5 Jun 2005
 
 
 

Project Coast2Coast sent its 1st expedition of 28 youths to Banda Aceh, Indonesia to start-kick a kindergarten project at Lamteh. The team also conducted interactive sessions with the kids at the 3 kindergartens in the vicinity.

In August 2005, Project Coast2Coast took on a 2nd kindergarten in Leung Bata under a tie-up with the Singapore International Foundation (SIF). The two kindergartens were rebuilt to provide education for 250 children affected by the tsunami.

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  Local Projects
  Balestier Special School  
 
 

Coasters spent a few weekends at the Balestier Special School during the May/June holidays in 2007 to give a new look to the containers classrooms in the special school. The team white-washed all the previous drawings on animals and drew new murals on cartoon characters as specified by the school.

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  Beyond Social Services  
 
 

Coasters cleaned up the Home premises in 2009 and conducted interactive programme through organizing sports games such as Captain's ball, soccer for the kids.  Goodies Bags were given to the children after the activities.

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  Chan Su Lan Methodist Children Home  
 
 

A 4-part workshop where coastersshared experiences of C2C expeditions and conduct workshops for children of the home on a weekly basis for 2 months.

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  Moral Welfare Home  
 
 

Coasters visited the Moral Welfare Home in Henderson Road to befriend the elderly and spend time with them.  Outings to the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Hwa Par Villa were subsequently organised for the elderly.

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  Jamiyah Nursing Home  
 
 

C2C organise a mural art workshop for the intellectally disbled (ID) youths aged 13 - 20 from Grace Orchard School, MINDS Jurong and Fei Yue. Coasters assisted as volunteers and was attached to ID youths during the workshop to join them in learning mural painting.

After the workshop, ID youths and coasters came together and painted murals along the corridors and restrooms doors in Jamiyah Nursing Home (West Coast). As a finale for this project, C2C participated in the Clean & Green Week event at Lot One Shoppers Mall and display photos of all our projects (mural/workshop, past and upcoming trips), recruitment and sell items (handmade) to fundraise for Jamiyah Nursing Home.

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  Melrose Home  
 
 

Coasters did general cleaning of the Home's premises and reorganise the library by cateloguing the books. The team will be organising a picnic and telematch for the children.

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  Project SPA ~ Special People of Asia  
 
 

C2C invited 200 over beneficiaries to West Coast Community Centre and co-ordinated for the 2007 Ship for SouthEast Asian Youthship Participants (SSEAYP 2007) from 11 contingents to perform for these beneficiaries and served them for an day of interaction.

Coast2Coast also brought the beneficiaries from Moral Welfare Home and MINDS to tour the SSEAYP 2007 Nippon Maru berthed at Singapore Cruise Centre. The beneficiaries also witnessed the closing ceremony and send-off of the 300+ participants, which is a first-time experience for most of the beneficiaries.

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  Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation Singapore - Recycling Project  
 
 

C2C members visited one of Tzu Chi's Community Recycling Point at Pasir Ris to learn more about recycling efforts from the volunteers of Tzu Chi. We split into different groups and were involved in what seems like a production line whereby, each of us will have to sort, clean and organize different items and parts of items.

Recycling is not easy and we observed a great amount of passion and perseverance among the volunteers of Tzu Chi. It was an enriching experience to be able to get hands on with the actual recycling work and learning from the enthusiastic volunteers.

Team 14 had their pre-trip community service project with Tzu Chi on 11 Nov 2012. It was an eye-opening experience whereby team members picked up points such as bringing their own 'Three Treasures' (bowl, cup, spoon) as they go about their day-to-day lives, so as to cut down on the use of disposables. They picked up the 5-Rs (not 3 anymore), namely refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle. They also had hands-on experiences with sorting the different recyclables collected and had better understanding of how much it takes to ensure that we do not hurt our natural environment further. These learning points were definitely observed in the team members in the actual project to Iligan.

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  PAYM Loves Red: Project Share a Can  
 
 

Celebrating Singapore 49th birthday as part of the PAYM Loves Red initiative, Project Share a Can was initiated. Organised by West Coast Youth Executive Committee, Coast2Coast and Advisors' Clique, sponsored Kopitiam.

The project was held over 2 days, 7 Jul and 20 Jul 2014. Share a Can day was held on 7 Jul at selected Kopitiam and the distribution of the food pack was on 20th Jul.

We would like to say a big thank you to the diners at selected Kopitiam outlets on 7 Jul, thank you for sharing and supporting us in our initiative.

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