Schools-Helping-Schools (SHS)
"Schools-Helping-Schools" was developed by the East-West Center's AsiaPacificEd Program in response to the crisis caused by the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and the damage caused to schools in the Asia-Pacific region.  Since 2005, U.S. partner schools have raised over $80,000 to support projects in Tsunami-affected communities in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.  School-to-school initiatives developed as a result have included letter and project exchanges and teacher visits (with Indonesian teachers visiting their U.S. sponsor schools as part of an EWC program and U.S. teachers visiting their SHS partner schools in Thailand as part of the EWC travel-study program for U.S. teachers).  Click here to learn about the Tsunami-related projects in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand .    

A SHS Cambodia Initiative, launched in January 2008, provides U.S. schools, communities, and individuals with opportunities to work with and support children, young people, and families in need in Cambodia.  Click here to support projects in Cambodia.


On September 2, 2009, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia, destroying or severely damaging 55,444 homes as well as 3,593 places of worship, 438 office buildings or businesses, and 2,930 schools. These damages resulted in 529 deaths, thousands sustaining injuries, and nearly 90,000 displaced persons. Pesantren Ciamis Darussalam, an Islamic boarding school in Ciamis, West Java that has been working closely with the East-West Center in recent years, was among the schools whose campus and facilities sustained considerable damages. Students from Scarsdale High School (Scarsdale, NY) have been raising money to help offset the repair costs and help the school rebuild. Click here for more information on this initiative.


SHS sponsors in the United States have chosen specific projects to support and in some cases have made contributions to SHS general fund.  Following on from this funding support, East-West Center facilitates exchanges between U.S. sponsors and their project partners in Asia, building ongoing institutional and personal relationships.

Administrative costs for Schools-Helping-Schools are born entirely by the East-West Center, allowing 100% of the amount donated to directly contribute to our partner schools and their communities in Asia. Each school/project we fund is supported by a responsible local community member who provides oversight for how the funds are spent.

Join Us
Schools, community groups, and individuals interested in supporting a school-to-school project should contact the AsiaPacificEd Program at the points given below:

AsiaPacificEd Program, East-West Center
1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848
Phone: 808-944-7378; Fax: 808-944-7070



Cambodia Initiative

Tsunami Initiative