Club CURE aims to conserve and rebuild coral reefs around Vietnam, as well as raise awareness about this issue. The club has built two artificial reefs in Nha Trang Bay and Whale Island Bay, and conducted several awareness activities. These include a movie screening at The Hive Saigon and stalls at BIS' Christmas BISzaar and PTG Flea Fair. To involve more people, the club was started as a co-curricular activity (CCA) at BIS and currently has 15 members. To raise awareness about this issue in local communities and in the young generation, the club members felt that they should reach out to local schools in Ho Chi Minh City to teach them about the issue.
On 6th and 13th November, Club CURE hosted 12 children from Binh Trieu school. The members of Club CURE taught the students about the importance of coral reefs, the dangers facing them, and how they can help reduce their environmental impact. There were also some activities related to the topic to help teach the students about recycling and about the importance of preserving the marine ecosystem.
The first day, the Binh Trieu students had to use recycled materials to make a device with which they fished rubbish out of tubs of water. On the second day, the students played a game where they were assigned different levels of the food chain and had to catch those that were lower down it. As parts of the food chain were removed or "polluted," the children saw the impact of this on the whole ecosystem. Afterwards, the Club CURE members had a discussion with the students about what they had learned. They enjoyed both sessions and at the same time learned a lot about marine and coral reef conservation. After the Binh Trieu visits, the club members felt that it was a meaningful and successful experience and that it should be repeated with other local schools as well.
Ratul Mangal, Co-Founder Club CURE