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As part of the KCLSU Awards, every year we celebrate a group or project that's demonstrated a truly exceptional contribution in volunteering, Widening Participation, fundraising or campaigning by giving them the Community Impact Award .
All the awards for KCLSU Awards are decided by a student panel, however, this award is decided by the students of King's College London. That means you get to decide which project or team below should win.
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Bangladesh Society formed a King’s College Maa team, which worked to support MAA, Maternal Aid Association, a student-led non-profit organisation consisting of King’s College London student volunteers and founded by a KCL student. Maa aims to support mothers in resource-poor settings, with maternal and post-natal health care, beginning this year in Bangladesh. Maa has recently been registered as a UK charity and they have established both their charity and media teams taking on board many initiatives to do with both campaigning and fundraising. The students involved in Maa are an enthusiastic team of individuals working passionately to create awareness of global maternal health issues. The Maa team introduced the #MyMaa campaign on social media earlier on this year, followed by a trip to Bangladesh the founder of Maa took part in to form unique links with health care members as well as medical students of a rural community in Bangladesh. The Maa media team are in the process of launching their #MAAwareness campaign highlighting the main issues of maternal health based on the founders experiences and published academic papers on health care management and patient satisfaction in rural Bangladesh. The Maa team introduced ‘Maa week’, at the start of the academic year, in which a total for 10k was raised for the charity, to fund their trip to Bangladesh this coming summer alongside a group of KCL students, to provide free health camps within a village in Bangladesh, to educate rural communities about safe motherhood and early newborn care, to provide simple, cheap and effective interventions which can help prevent maternal deaths and ill-health, as well as running workshops with traditional birth attendants to help make home deliveries safer. The vision of Maa is as it grows in strength, Maa aims to reach out to other resource-poor settings across the developing world.
Black and Brown Shut It Down – KEMA Campaign. The King’s Ethnic Minority Association (now the People of Colour Association) was set up in recognition of the fact that BAME students have specific needs that should be addressed by the union. The frustration and passion shown from KEMA is a result of their daily experience of institutionalised racism, which King’s admits it is trying to tackle, but they are not feeling the effects of. Students are asking for ‘more immediate and urgent action’ as their degrees continue to progress whilst they wait for change as many of them feel they will not be impacted by the long term plans. The Association led two protests to get an open meeting agreed with the Principle which was extended to two. Since the Diversity & Inclusion team at King’s have strengthened their relationship with students and KCLSU to pair long term plans with short term measures that will have an immediate effect on students. KEMA started as a very small group of students wanting to make change and now has a huge membership with regular meetings and action and a following that contains smaller networks to increase participation for queer, Trans, intersex and women students of colour.
PakSoc has had a great impact this year, there is a list of things that this society did which includes promoting oral hygiene and healthy eating at a primary school in Tower Hamlets, Health Checks at the Southall Mela with the KCL Bangladeshi and Afghan Welfare Societies, the national supermarket collection in conjunction with Tesco and the Trussell Trust, funding the building of a water pump in a Pakistani school during the devastating heat wave, providing toys for orphaned children in Lahore during Eid celebrations, the K+ Spotlight event with the WP department teaching CPR to sixth formers, feeding the homeless at a shelter in Central London, running a medical/dental university entrance exam workshop at the Teach First headquarters.
They ran a fantastically engaging and well organised series of outreach events with 15-17 year old students from forced migration/refugee backgrounds. It was the first of its kind and had an amazing impact on the students involved.
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