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The Ecolint Covid-19 Solidarity Fund: coming together to help our community

vendredi, 1 mai 2020   (0 Comments)
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“In the dark days of World War II,” explains our Foundation Archivist, “Ecolint teachers and directors (largely indistinguishable from one another back then) pooled their resources to shelter and support students in our Boarding House who had been cut off from their families, and consequently from their sources of income. Some even risked their lives to evacuate the most vulnerable students to safety aboard an Allied ship in Bordeaux, when a Nazi invasion of Geneva was on the cards.”


For the second time in its 96-year history, Ecolint faces an acute global crisis; one that is different in nature but perhaps equally disruptive in some of its consequences. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, parents and the Ecolint leadership have been putting their heads together to find ways in which to live out our longstanding tradition of benevolence, altruism and humanitarianism. How can we help those in our Ecolint Community who have been sent reeling from the aftershocks of the coronavirus outbreak? What actions can we take that will make us proud Ecolintians in the next five, twenty, or ninety-six years?




The Covid-19 Solidarity Fund was launched on 28 April. Set-up to be rolled out in four phases, reaching internally first to the Conférence des directeurs, teachers and staff, then outwardly to parents and alumni, the Solidarity Fund seeks to gather a large pool of resources in order to help those students who need it to continue their studies at Ecolint and enjoy full access to our learning opportunities.  The assistance provided by this fund will be used for short-term financial relief. It will be managed by the Bursary committee, a long-standing committee of the Ecolint Governing Board which assists families every year in making an Ecolint education a reality for their child when financial setbacks make that difficult.

Convinced by the need of such an initiative, the entire Conférence des directeurs, several Board Members, the Staff Association, teachers and members of staff, and families have chosen to donate. In these times of difficulty, anxiety, and lack of clarity about the future, it is clear that the Esprit Ecolint, a spirit of community, humanitarian values, and genuine care for one’s neighbour, shines a bright and positive light. 

As Ecolint continues to roll-out its Solidarity Fund planning, we are greatly encouraged by the support and generosity we are witnessing throughout our community. As of today, we have received more than CHF 50'000, from more than 400 community members.



 

To see the letter we sent out to all alumni, please click here

>> "The small donation we can make, on its own, would not make much difference, but we know that, multiplied by the many of the Ecolint community in the same position, it may help. I was so fortunate to benefit from spending just the final couple of years of my education at Chataigneraie: the effect on the direction and shape of my life was profound. I hope that no student has to lose that opportunity due to financial insecurity." - Rose, La Châtaigneraie alumna

 >> "The Alumni Association of the International School of Geneva full-heartedly supports the mission of the Solidarity Fund. We are a collection of alumni actively working to preserve the spirit of Ecolint for future generations. In harmony with our diversity, what more noble Ecolint spirit is there than compassion, empathy, and unity? This is an opportunity to showcase our strengths and come together as one international community. We are all stakeholders in the Ecolint family and it is our responsibility to our cherished memories to show support during the most difficult of times. We strongly encourage the entire Ecolint community to show support and solidarity alongside us and those that have already put forward their voices." -  Peter Hachfeld, president of the Alumni Association 

 >> "Ecolint already experienced its 'finest hour' (to use the Churchillian phrase) in the dark days of World War II, when teachers and directors (largely indistinguishable from one another back then) pooled their resources to shelter and support students in our Boarding House who had been cut off from their families, and consequently from their sources of income. Some even risked their lives to evacuate the most vulnerable students to safety aboard an Allied ship in Bordeaux, when a Nazi invasion of Geneva was on the cards. For the second time in its 96-year history, Ecolint faces an acute global crisis; one that is different in nature but perhaps equally disruptive in some of its consequences. Now more than ever the classic XIX Century slogan, 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs' seems apt, and I am convinced that Ecolint’s staff, whose standards of solidarity and humaneness I have had the privilege of witnessing for decades, will once again rally round and relive 'their finest hour'." - Alejandro H. Rodríguez-Giovo, Teacher, Foundation Archivist and alumnus  

 >> "My family is honored to step forward to be the first in the US to give to the Solidarity Fund through the Ecolint-American Foundation (www.ecolintusa.org). My children benefited from a generous support of the Bursary Committee when we had a short-term financial crisis and I'll be forever grateful.  It would have broken my heart to have to tell them that we would have to take them out of Ecolint.  Your gift can save another mother or father from that scenario.  Thank you." Luanne Samuel,  former Ecolint parent and president of the Ecolint-American Foundation 


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