SDGs Stories

Methods employed by FJCU to implement SDG partnerships 2020

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Student Volunteer Service

1. Tanzania Medical Volunteer Group: Around 12 volunteers are sent each year to help roughly 2,059 people, helping to build delivery rooms and water towers as well as to train local doctors.

2. Vietnam Textile Volunteer Group: Around 10 volunteers are sent for each session (there are two sessions a year) to help 17 people: 15 children and 2 teachers. The group teaches weaving to children at the orphanage, so that they can create and sell their work. The ultimate goal for the group is to establish a social enterprise.

3. Ulaanbaatar Service Learning Team: Roughly 12 volunteers are sent each year, helping around 200 people. They assist in local women’s health and education, giving them the support they need to rise from poverty.

4. Volunteers of Divine Word FJCU: Composed of seven student volunteers and five faculty members, the group travels to Ghana to help set up and maintain solar panels in local communities. It raised funds for 168 solar panels, 600 LED light bulbs, and 2 sets of hydraulic motors, and shipped them to Ghana to be installed. The volunteers also taught 25 local students how to sew; male students learned how to sew aprons, while female students learned how to sew sanitary pads.

Research Projects

1. Creating Braille with Paraffin
With funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology, FJCU participated in a competition and was awarded corporate funding and an opportunity for technical consultation to make a Braille typewriter that it is currently developing more competitive on the market, which would be beneficial to the visually-handicapped.

2. Studies of Fabrication of Colorblind Glasses by Optical Thin Film Coating with Mathematical Modeling
This study focused on correcting color-blindness, which is caused by defects in the three types of cone cells, using special optical filters to attenuate the spectrum of light sensed by the cone cells so colors can be balanced and normal color vision can be restored.

Developing Academic Resources

1. Medical Information Enhancing Quality Education
Helping students develop the ability to adapt to society and a sense of responsibility. Through short-term education projects, students will learn how to use the least amount of resources to enhance learning while also successfully completing the task at hand.

2. Program in International Medical Translation
The program helps students develop their abilities in translation and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as strengthens their practical knowledge. This is to enhance their ability to provide linguistic services in the field of medicine, which gives them a competitive edge while also driving the integration between medicine and medical linguistic services.

Related practical events:
* Methods employed by FJCU to implement SDG partnerships
* Giving new hope for the future of children in a Vietnamese orphanage
* Long-term investment in Ghana to improve medical services and people’s lives
* FJCU collaborates with domestic and international agencies in an effort to enable the sharing of medical knowledge across languages
* FJCU’s research efforts aid people with disabilities
* FJCU’s Service Learning Center send volunteers all over the globe
* FJCU actively seeks partnerships and exchange – The Philippines International Culture Volunteer Team