We have provided two years of funding to support Hope4China, a Scottish-based charity working in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to assist children into foster care and education.
This project is in line with UN Millennium Development Goal 1, which aims to "Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger" ; Goal 2, which aims to "Achieve universal primary education" ; and Goal 3, which aims to "Promote gender equality and empower women".
In China today there are still many children who, for various reasons, cannot be cared for by their birth families. These children are looked after in Social Welfare Institutes from which, in the past, from which in the past many have been adopted internationally. In recent years there have been fewer babies in orphanages with many more domestic adoptions. This has meant less need for international adoptions.
Hope4China are not involved in adoption in any way, but help to meet the needs of children in orphanages, in particular foster families in China to care for the children. Despite increasing improvements in orphanage care, a child needs a real family to love and care for them. And while many families in rural areas struggle to care for their children, many just cannot afford the luxury of an education for their girls.
Photos courtesy of Hope4China
Hope4China is now able to support over 80 children in foster care, and over 400 girls in education, working alongside Two Hearts China, a US charity. Their joint work includes :
placing orphanage babies and children with foster families
monitoring the progress of the children and sending quarterly reports to international sponsors
providing medical help and therapy for children with special needs
meeting any individual needs that arise for these children
paying school fees for girls in rural areas
helping to pay for food and medical expenses for these girls
developing links with UK schools and Hope4China students in China
Outcomes and lessons
Our first award was made in early summer 2009. After very positive outcomes during 2009-2010, we are pleased to be able to make an additional award for 2011-2012. Once again, this produced very successful outcomes.
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This page was last updated on 15 May 2012.
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