International Parents Make Donation to Local Hospitals
By Jacob Maciel, marketing and communications intern
The International Education Management Group makes a generous donation to local hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The International Education Management Group (IEM), a partner of La Jolla Country Day School, led a fundraising effort to purchase and donate thousands of supplies to local hospitals for healthcare workers on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IEM is a San Diego-based company that works with La Jolla Country Day School to support international students seeking to attend LJCDS or other independent schools in the United States.
Hospitals across the nation are experiencing a severe shortage of medical supplies and concerns around not having ample amounts of materials to protect their medical staff. With the help of Chinese parents of international students in San Diego through IEM, the organization raised approximately $15,000 for PPE supplies for healthcare workers in San Diego.
“The parents saw on the news that our health care workers don’t have enough PPE to protect themselves, so they were worried and they wanted to help,” said Sueky Webber, associate director of IEM. “One of the reasons they were so concerned, [and] so eager to help was because they just went through it.”
A parent in China found quality PPE manufacturers and purchased 10,000 surgical masks, 500 eye protection goggles, 1,200 pairs of gloves and 660 protective face shields. The medical supplies were donated to Kaiser Permanente and Scripps Hospital.
Compassionate guidance and global citizenship are two characteristics at the forefront of the minds of the team at IEM, providing services that combine care and compassion—as well as striving for students to become learners and leaders within the global community. La Jolla Country Day School is incredibly grateful for IEM and the generosity of the parents from LJCDS and other affiliated schools. The sense of community among our families locally and globally is what makes LJCDS special. During these extraordinary times, commitment to unity is a reminder we are all in this together.