XSProject has always prided itself on its connection to local schools. First and foremost, are the relationships that we use to ensure that the trashpicker children we support are getting an education. But we also have links to international schools in Indonesia and Singapore that bring even more value to the poor communities with which we work.
This year, our relationship with the Jakarta International School (JIS) moved to a new level. The school ordered almost 1,500 laptop sleeves, for their “One Child, One Computer” program. The idea was so great that the Singapore American School decided to order iPad sleeves and specially designed laptop sleeves for their school.
When the students at these schools receive their XS products, they learn about the trash-picker communities that supply some of the waste material. Often they want to help. One way the international students have provided assistance is through their Boy Scout troop. In the past, a small team of scouts paid for the materials and built new carts for five trash pickers. This year, the Boy Scouts built a much needed bathroom and toilet for the community.
The engagement with schools builds a virtuous circle. XS benefits through increased sales. The trash picker communities benefit from both XS’ support as well as that from the international students. And the international students learn more about their community and the benefits of giving.
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