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Our programs give high-school students an opportunity to make real impact. In our short-term consulting engagements, student consultants work under the guidance of professional mentors to solve a pressing challenge facing our client. Through expert guidance, real world experience, and rigorous academic content, students are able to create a sustainable and practical solution for our local partners. Our programs are based in rural China and Southeast Asia, giving students first-hand understanding of the complex issues we work with our partners to solve. Our student consultants are equipped with relevant tools and knowledge to create solutions for global problems such as water safety, poverty, and public health.

For a full program list, please request a program brochure.
CONSULTING PROGRAMS

Our programs give high-school students an opportunity to make real impact. In our short-term consulting engagements, student consultants work under the guidance of professional mentors to solve a pressing challenge facing our client. Through expert guidance, real world experience, and rigorous academic content, students are able to create a sustainable and practical solution for our local partners. Our programs are based in rural China and Southeast Asia, giving students first-hand understanding of the complex issues we work with our partners to solve. Our student consultants are equipped with relevant tools and knowledge to create solutions for global problems such as water safety, poverty, and public health.

For a full program list, please request a program brochure.
BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Product 1
LOCATION
Shanghai, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.11~2020.7.20
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
12: Responsible Consumption and Production 
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Finding ethical sources for raw materials is a key issue of responsibility in supply chain management. As the business grows in scope and scale, founder Fernanda Sung is interested in exploring responsible sources of silver. Materials sourcing is an important concern in social responsibility. Mines that produce raw materials for jewelry often operate under the radar and have impact on both the environment and local communities. 

Fernanda Sung Jewelry would like to engage a Keru team to explore alternative sources of silver that meet the criteria of a social responsibly. In addition to learning about the process of making jewelry, students will also learn about the business side of materials sourcing, and how to evaluate potential suppliers, as well as their impact on the supply chain. The end goal of this project will be a report that identifies sustainable and ethical silver suppliers for Fernanda Sung Jewelry. 
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time that Keru will be supporting Fernanda Sung Jewelry! We look forward to our collaboration.
Abonzo coffee
LOCATION
Chiang Rai, Thailand
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.13~2020.7.22
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty ; 8: Good Jobs And Economic Growth 
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Located in Chiang Rai on top of a mountain, Abonzo Coffee opened its doors in December 2017 and has slowly gained attention through word-of-mouth. Abonzo Coffee’s social mission is to create opportunities for members of a minority group in Thailand through mentoring, training and employment in the coffee industry. 

Abonzo Coffee would like to engage with a Keru team to execute a marketing campaign based on existing research reports to promote and attract customers to its coffee shop.

The end goal of this project will include a marketing and consultation report, training of the Abonzo Coffee communications team, and improved strategies on several media platforms.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Since summer 2018, the Keru Team has taken some steps to help Abonzo Coffee improve their marketing strategy and spread awareness of the Akha Tribe. Keru students have done this by assessing Abonzo's current marketing efforts, creating new content and strategies for online media such as Instagram, Facebook, and the official Abonzo Coffee website, testing the results of increased sales and engagement, and training the local partner to use these methods.
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LOCATION
Guangxi, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.16 ~ 2020.7.25
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty; 8: Good Jobs And Economic Growth 
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
After the young generation leave their hometown in Laozhai, the old generation left in the village has very few ways to make a living. In order to find a way to help the local people, Laojia is working with some of them on an organic rice program. One of the biggest challenges encountered is to identify the right market for its goods and to communicate the correct message for its target audience.

In the summer of 2020, Laojia will work with Keru to develop a marketing plan to promote their local organic rice.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time that Keru will be supporting Laojia! We look forward to our collaboration.
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LOCATION
Shanghai, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer:2020.7.25 ~ 2020.8.3
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
1: No Poverty ; 4: Quality Education
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
In China, education is not free after 9th grade, leaving many thousands of families to face the reality that they, due to low income or extenuating circumstances, cannot afford to educate their children, thus limiting their future success. More than 40,000 students in Shanghai do not have th means to pay for high school or college. Shanghai Sunrise collects private donations form individuals and civic and corporate organizations to cover tuition expenses for carefully vetted students to ensure their success. Over the past 20 years, Shanghai Sunrise has contributed significantly to Shanghai education with scholarships for about 400 students per year, but would like to grow to support 500 students each year.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru began working with Shanghai Sunrise in Summer 2019. In these projects they collaborated in improving Shanghai Sunrise's data management, the creation of marketing materials, and implementing new marketing strategies.
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LOCATION
Gansu, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer:2020.8.3 ~ 2020.8.12
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
11: Sustainable Cities & Communities ; 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
In Tibetan culture, while gender roles may not be as rigid as those in other parts of Asia, there are still deeply held ideas regarding the spheres of activity appropriate for men and women. Generally speaking, women are responsible for most household labor and chores, while men are responsible for taking care of the business side of things. Even if women did have opportunities, they would have to move to bigger Chinese cities and would often end up taking on low-skilled, heavy labor or hospitality work. Many Tibetan people usually leave their children and families behind when relocating for work. One prominent concern for the many “left-behind” children in the village is that they are more likely to develop depression or anxiety.

This is why Yakma set up a social enterprise producing healthy, non-toxic soap and cosmetics, which can not only support women to earn money but also help them to stay close with their families and reduce gender inequalities.

Yakma presently want to expand their sales through new designs of their soap packaging which can accurately reflect both the local Tibetan culture and their aims as a social enterprise supporting Tibetan women.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first year in which Keru has partnered with the Yakma and are very excited about the positive social impact that can be brought through our cooperation.
HUMANITIES PROGRAMS
Henan program
LOCATION
Henan, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
3: Good Health And Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.6.28 ~ 2020.7.7
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
As of 2017, there are nearly 69 million left-behind children in China, and access to quality education and educational resources are enormous problems for those who are left to stay in their rural villages. Due to the limited resources and teachers in the village, students oftentimes will not be able to participate in extracurricular classes, such as art, music, dance and sports. Unlike students who attend schools in urban areas, there are also very limited opportunities to join after-school classes and summer camps. Students who may have these talented abilities unfortunately very rarely have the chance to cultivate it for future development. 

In the past few years, WAFW participants have been working in several local communities throughout Henan province on a variety of charity and community development topics. These projects have included, but not limited to: HIV/AIDS awareness, reading & literacy for rural children, environmental protection and sustainability and many more. In this coming summer, WAFW is seeking to expand its outreach to nearby rural communities by implementing an art education program for elementary and middle school students. WAFW women hope to empower young children through artistic expression and development, especially since many left-behind children do not have access to these kinds of programs during the summertime.

This summer, a Keru team will work together with WAFW women in order to create a sustainable art education program for left-behind children in Henan province.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time Keru is partnering with WAFW. We look forward to our collaboration together.
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LOCATION
Beijing, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health And Well-Being
PROGRAM DATES
Summer:2020.7.7 ~ 2020.7.16
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Gold Snail provides professional services to individuals with autism and their families. Their mission is to help special needs individuals to integrate into the community and live normal and productive lives. Currently, stigma on mental health and low general public awareness are impediments to generating social support for their cause. 

To tackle this problem, Gold Snail is looking for a creative solution to raise public awareness about autism and spread knowledge about how to live with autistic people in the community. Keru will conduct research to find the proper platform and develop an campaign to raise awareness for their work among the general public.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time Keru will collaborate with Gold Snail. We look forward to our collaboration together!
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LOCATION
Guangdong, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
3: Good Health And Well-Being; 4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.10 ~2020.7.19
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
China’s left behind children face many obstacles in life. Lack of access to quality education resources and an absence of parental involvement result in lower levels of social and emotional learning development. This issue was identified by the Stanford Rural Education and Action Program (REAP) as a large challenge to social stability in China.

Shining Star is a grassroots NGO that provides mental health and enrichment programs for left behind students in Guangdong. Now in their third year of operation, they seek to develop fundraising channels in order to continuously provide high quality programs that benefit left behind children in the community.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru first partnered with Shining Star in summer 2019. Keru has since worked with Shining Star to monitor and evaluate their mental health program in order to improve efficiency and apply for more funding, we have also worked together on developing the digital marketing channels in order to raise awareness of and draw attention to left behind children and what Shining Star is working hard for.
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LOCATION
Danba, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
10: Reduced Inequalities; 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.11 ~ 2020.7.20
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Zhonglu Village is a small Tibetan community located in Danba’s mountains, part of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a community known as “A Thousand Stone Castle Kingdom” that until recently had limited contact with outside world. The local villages are being demolished as a part of national policies. The politically expressed intention is to bring wealth to the poor income villagers by bring more tourists. However, the traditional cultures is facing serious extinction.

The villagers knocked down the 500 years watchtower, used the stones to build “standardized” guesthouse; the rapid urbanization of Tibetan villages has affected thousands of these villages as many as the young people have left for big cities looking for work and most have enormous difficulty finding jobs in big cities. Now, the villages lack vitality and only the old people are still staying. Yunhe is a center for nature-based learning and community development focused on reducing the impact of depopulation and overdevelopment on the unspoiled environment of Danba, Sichuan.

While facing the risk of over development increased efforts have been employed in order to combat this, including the introduction of many compost bins around the local area. Currently these resources are vastly underused, resulting in the inefficient use of resources. Therefore it is Keru's aim to propose to the Yunhe center how resources such as the currently underutilized compost bins can be put to better use and be of a positive impact to the local community.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time we are collaborating with Yunhe Centre. We are very excited to work together to make an impact!
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LOCATION
Sichuan, China
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.22 ~ 2020.7.31
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
The Children's Community Center of Cifeng Town in Sichuan Province was built in 2010 as part of the post-earthquake reconstruction movement to promote the restoration and development of local communities. Currently utilized for youth extracurricular activities and villager vocational training, its services also include the teaching of Chinese traditional culture and the care center of left-behind children. 

In 2015, Pad for Hope built a smart classroom at the Center and launched an initiative to equip students with iPads as learning tools. This technology has now become a centerpiece of learning, and has helped to broaden the horizons of students at the center.

This summer, a Keru team will help Pad for Hope with running a research in Baishuihe area on a new topic: How can we help children from developing areas see the world from a new perspective?
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru has been working with Pad for Hope since the summer of 2019. Keru has developed a program evaluation report, supported by primary data and observations, and provided key input to Pad for Hope regarding the current technology summer camp activities. 

Keru is excited to continue our work with Pad for Hope this summer to support them with providing high quality education to children in rural China.
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LOCATION
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
4: Quality Education
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.28 ~ 2020.8.6
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
I Hope (formerly known as Kone Kmeng) is a non-profit organization that provides social services for at-risk children in rural Cambodia. Currently, many rural Cambodians lack access to quality education. Under resourced schools, lack of teachers and lack of available materials compound a problem which results in secondary school dropout rate of more than 20%. These children are a vulnerable population. Not only are they unable to find high quality jobs, but they are also at risk to be trafficked as well. Thus, increasing support for rural education and keeping students in school is a priority of the Cambodian government.

I Hope would like to develop a toolkit of educational resources centered around game-based learning pedagogy to offer to after school programs and potentially public schools as well.

Keru has already prototyped a first version of this toolkit. Subsequent engagements will focus on refining and building out the toolkit for professional rollout and deployment.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru has worked with I Hope on several projects. In our first project in Summer 2018, Keru conducted a needs analysis of education resources in Cambodia and identified key issues with delivering quality education in Cambodia.

A second Keru team worked with a professional game designer to develop a prototype of a game-based learning toolkit and tested it in Kampong Thon province.
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LOCATION
Sabah, Malaysia
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL
3: Good Health And Well-Being
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.8.6 ~ 2020.8.15
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Music therapy is the professional use of music and its elements as an intervention in medical, psychiatric, educational, and everyday environments with individuals, groups, families, or communities who seek to optimize their quality of life and improve their physical, mental, social, communicative, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health and wellbeing.

In this project, Keru students will engage in creative music making, utilizing their existing musical skills whilst gaining insight and enhancing their listening, observation and communication skills, within and through creative music making with other people. They will creatively be using music with individuals and groups at local community centers.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru sent a team in the summer of 2019 to experience the music therapy workshop and develop marketing materials to raise awareness.
STEM PROGRAMS
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LOCATION
Yunnan, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.6.20 ~ 2020.6.29
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health and Well-Being; 6: Quality Education
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
For several years, the Concordia Welfare Education Foundation (CWEF) has been engaged in a health initiative in villages in Yunnan, China to understand community health practices and provide support for the improvement of health outcomes. Having implemented several measures at the com- munity level, the next phase of the Health Education Advocacy and Literacy (HEAL) project will focus on improving health-related outcomes at the school level. Soon, CWEF plans to implement a similar HEAL project at a new site location: Shideng town.

This summer, Keru students will travel to Shideng town to conduct a baseline assessment of elementary school students. This needs analysis will serve as the foundation for future initiatives to improve the health of elementary school students. Keru students will also design a public health curriculum and teach a demo class to test.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru has been working with CWEF since the summer of 2019. Keru has conducted baseline assessment of elementary school students in Luobenzhuo Town in Yunnan, helping the organization better understand community health practices. 

Keru is excited to continue our work with CWEF this summer to provide support for CWEF to improve the health outcomes of the local community.
Cambodia Water Program
LOCATION
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.6.25 ~ 2020.7.4
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
6: Clean Water And Sanitation
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Arsenic contamination of groundwater in rural Cambodia is a serious public health risk. Compounding the damage of this naturally occurring contaminant, which has no discernable smell or taste, is the fact that its deleterious health effects only manifest themselves after years of exposure. Since being identified by a World Health Organization survey in 2001, the arsenic issue has been a key focus of public health initiatives in Cambodia.

I Hope(formerly known as Kone Kmeng), a non-profit organization, runs education and public health projects throughout rural Cambodia, and would like to engage a Keru team to help assess the water quality situation in Kandal Province; many rural villagers there do not have access to clean water and sanitation. Cases of diarrhea are prevalent among local villagers.

The end goal of this project will be to collect data on arsenic risk in Kandal province and prototype, design and create a low-cost water purification solution for rural villages in Kandal.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru has engaged in water projects with I Hope for several years. In addition to conducting surveys in Kampong Thon, Banteay Meanchey and Svay Rieng provinces, our teams have also explored biosand filter solutions for removing arsenic and purifying water.
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LOCATION
Fujian, China
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.31 ~ 2020.8.9
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
3: Good Health and Well-Being; 6: Clean Water & Sanitation
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
There's a big difference in quality of life and living conditions in cities compared to rural areas. When it comes to water, there's actually very little wastewater infrastructure in rural areas while the amount of wastewater produced in rural China is significant. It is said that more than 100 million rural Chinese drank polluted water in 2010. It's also reported that water pollution has been estimated to cost the Chinese economy 3.1 percent of GDP.

To tackle this problem, Siyuan will research the existing systems of wastewater management in rural Fujian province. Keru will lead a team of students to run a baseline survey about wastewater management in the local area and conduct a research on the next steps to enact a waste water management plan.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
Keru has been working with Siyuan since the summer of 2014 involving projects such as conducting water quality testing, providing sanitary water, etc. at different villages and towns in China. 

Keru is excited to continue our work with Siyuan this summer to improve wastewater management in rural China.
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LOCATION
Sabah, Malaysia
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.11 ~ 2020.7.20
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
7: Affordable And Clean Energy 
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Rural communities in Malaysia suffer from a lack of knowledge on how to manage their off-grid energy solutions. Bringing a sustainable source of electricity to these communities will offer a pathway for community social and economic development. ENACT energy partners has developed an educational tool to drive the awareness of off-grid energy management and has been working with villages in East Malaysia for several years.

This field-based program in Sabah, Malaysia is designed for young adults passionate about social change and making a positive impact in the area of sustainable energy and social entrepreneurship. Participants spend a week in a small, rural village in Sabah working with course instructors and interacting with the local community to gain practical skills in designing renewable energy systems that support and facilitate community development.

Through a combination of short lectures, hands-on projects and community interaction, participants learn how to design off-grid renewable energy systems to support and facilitate community development. Workshop topics cover energy system technology, methods and tools for community engagement, perspectives on human and community development, and models for a social enterprise. Instructors are recognized experts in their field with a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge on energy systems, human development and social entrepreneurship.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
A Keru team conducted initial research into ENACT's village site in 2019.
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LOCATION
Chiang Mai, Thailand 
PROGRAM DATES
Summer: 2020.7.21 ~ 2020.7.30
UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
6:Clean Water And Sanitation
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Providing access to clean and safe drinking water is a key objective the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is estimated that water scarcity affects more than 40% of the world's population, resulting in large public health crisis. In Northern Thailand, the lack of infrastructure prevents villages from having consistent and clean access to water sources.

The Sustainable Community Foundation (SCF) works with local Thai villages to engineer solutions for clean water access. This Keru team will need to go out and conduct needs analysis to understand water issues in the community, and then design, develop and construct infrastructure solutions (wells, pipes, etc...) that are tailored to increasing safe water access.
COLLABORATION WITH KERU
This is the first time SCF is collaborating with Keru and SCF would like to work with Keru in addressing to the issues of accessing to clean water, protecting of erosion banks and provide quality education to rural school.
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