From alleviating extreme poverty to the construction of an international NGO : changes observed in individuals and communities involved

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CONFERENCE: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning 亞太地區服務研習會議

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WANG, Hao Pu
Service Learning
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This paper is with two purposes, one, to inform the general public about how the serving of the extremely poor can lead to a global non-government organization aiming at combating poverty; two, to let the participants on the day of the seminar enter the workshop format in which they discuss about issues related to what most people living in developed nations like Taiwan would not be able to really imagine. The paper will begin by telling the story of Knight Club, the service works it has done in different nations in Asia, particularly in Myanmar and how it ended up in Kenya where they found the desert-like land caused by global warming has influenced the livelihood of the millions. Confronted by such huge tasks ahead while experiencing trials and failures, Community Up International was born, with the participants, locals involved and researched in this paper, coming from different nationalities who build up the bond in between each other and weave an inspiring story that beats the normal idea "People need to be very rich in order to do good." On the contrary, the paper, alongside with the workshop, will tell a single story that echoes in the mind of all involved: With some willpower, everyone can make a difference, even when the person is merely a travellers or a person who seems to have nothing to offer, for a warm gesture and friendly interaction can be life-changing.