At the end of 2019, a group of eight students, a representative from Immanuel Church and three College staff, departed on a two-week service trip to Indonesia. They travelled to North Sumatra and spent a week in a school in Parapat and a week in Community Rehabilitation Centre(s) (CBR), which look after disabled children and adults.
They built strong connections and partnerships with our Indonesian brothers and sisters and were able to provide funds to the school on behalf of the Immanuel P&F Community for science resources, whiteboards, electrical upgrades and teaching resources. Their need is primarily for resources and students and staff were able to take some laptops from the College for the teachers to use.
At CBR, they mainly need funding for volunteer training and basic facilities, and the College provided funds for water provision, enterprise initiatives (pigs and chickens), transport assistance and learning resources.
The trip provided a wonderful service-learning experience for both students and staff; our next service trip is planned for 2021.