Projects Lakau and Youth for Art

During the last semester, we held the Balanced Man Fellowship award ceremony on April 13th and had a phenomenal turnout at the ceremony and post-award reception. The current chapter would like to extend a special thanks to all the alumni whose contributions allow us to sustain the Balanced Man Fellowship and to those of you who took the time out of your busy schedules to attend the Friday night ceremony.

Unconventionally, this year’s award was given to two recipients:

  • Project Lakau - headed by Hannah Khaw

  • Project Youth for Art - headed by Clara Apostolatos & Runyang Zhang

    Both initiatives struck E-board as equally deserving of the Fellowship and the grant ($3500) will be divided amongst both projects. Credit must also go to Campbell (VP of Philanthropy) for organising a great ceremony and for advertising the fellowship effectively this year - to the point where we received the highest number of applicants in years!

    -  Project Lakau aims to fund the university education of high school students from Long Lamai, an indigenous Penan settlement in Borneo, East Malaysia. The project has so far taken the village high school’s passing rate from 0% to 80% over the course of 5 years, and now would like some of these students to be able to attend their government colleges. Many the students come from subsistence farming families and therefore cannot currently afford further education. The programme administrators have intimate knowledge of who would succeed and highly deserving of the money. The fact that Hannah already generated $1000 by selling her own artwork showed E-board that she had the drive to make this programme work and SigEp is more than delighted to share a part in aiding these Malaysian students in attending university.

    -  Project Youth for Art aims to provide a semester-long Art History course for high school students who do not have access to the arts or the option to take classes in the field- teaching approximately twenty high school students every semester. They hope to alternate between different high schools every semester so that multiple high schools and their communities will have access to this course; thereby expanding and heightening their community impact. Approximately ten teacher volunteers, whom they will train on effective education methods, will be responsible for creating

    lesson plans that fit with the Program’s curriculum outline. This continuous service would hopefully grow with time and consolidate strong ties between the Columbia undergraduate population and local high schools. The BMF funding will go towards MTA transport, course booklets and museum passes.

 (High school students that the Project Lakau has helped so far)

(High school students that the Project Lakau has helped so far)