2011 Good Causes

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CHARITY 1: Kaifeng Deaf School (KDS)

Kaifeng Deaf School is home to approximately 60 children.  When we first visited the school in 2006 we were struck by the deplorable conditions in which the children and staff were living and working.  Receiving a mere pittance of income each month, the school’s only affordable housing was an abandoned and dilapidated factory compound.  Most of the children’s parents are poor farmers or migrant workers.  Not knowing how to deal with a deaf child, many families virtually abandon their children or make them feel valueless and unloved.  Our goal is to help KDS provide the children a nurturing environment where they will be loved while they are taught how to overcome their hearing disabilities.  For these children, graduation is when they have been sufficiently prepared and equipped to go to regular public schools and/or to function in society.  Money raised today will help to:

  • Improve and remodelling facilities: 45,000 RMB
  • Bedding and appliances: 30,000 RMB
  • Water filtration system: 10,000 RMB
  • Staff salaries: 5,000 RMB

CHARITY 2: Wuxun Education Foundation

Wuxun Education Foundationis dedicated to improving the opportunities for rural children to receive a decent education.  Many rural children have to board at schools for weeks at a time including throughout very cold winters.   Boarding facilities do not include bedding or mattresses which is where Wuxn step in.  As well as providing dormitory and classroom equipment, Wuxun focuses on the quality of teaching.  Rural teachers usually receive less than 2,000 RMB per month and it is hard to retain teachers who will enable the children to gain the sort of education which could lead to meaningful employment or university entrance.  Therefore Wuxun works with city schools to provide training programs for rural teachers in basic teaching methods.  Improving the quality of the teaching is the best way to break the cycle of poverty in which many rural children find themselves.  Money raised will help to:

  • Buy chairs for the classrooms: 100 RMB each
  • Mattresses for the dormitories: 400 RMB each
  • Training for rural teachers in Anhui/Xinjiang: 10,000 RMB

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