Hony Social Impact Center: an investment platform connecting charity to commerce
A new investment platform, the Hony Social Impact Center (弘毅社会影响力中心), has just emerged in China. In recent years, “Social Impact Investment” that tries to connect charity to commerce has been favored by many charitable organizations and social enterprises. A need was thus felt for an investment platform caring about social value that could maximize the benefits of this combination of charity and commerce. At present the center is still in its start-up stage, but two pilot projects have already been selected: “Hands on” and “Generation Bridge”. The “Hands on” project is jointly sponsored by the 3D-printing Industry Alliance (3D打印企业联盟), Wiki Factory (维基新工厂) and other organizations working in different fields. The project aims …read more
“Village Early-Education Centers” to improve preschool education in rural areas
The “Village Early-Education Centers” Project, which has now been operational for eight years, aims to improve the educational environment in rural areas, and particularly the low kindergarten enrolment of poor children. The project is sponsored by the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF, 中国发展研究基金会). By March this year, 874 kindergartens had been set up and 969 volunteer teachers had been recruited in 8 provinces and 14 counties. There are more than 22 thousand children currently studying in these kindergartens, and many children from poor, left-behind and single parent families have benefitted directly. The project’s ultimate goal is to push the relevant authorities to take strong measures, including increasing educational inputs in …read more
Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index Released
Developed by the China Philanthropy Research Institute of Beijing Normal University and sponsored by the Amway Charity Foundation, the “Chinese Children’s Policy Advancement Index” (中国儿童政策进步指数) was released for the first time in Beijing on the 31st of May, just as International Children’s Day was approaching. The Index shows that the 10 provinces to have made the largest progress in terms of children’s policies in 2014 are Zhejiang, Beijing, Jiangsu, Hubei, Chongqing, Shanghai, Shandong, Guangdong, Heilongjiang and Tianjin. The implementation and innovation of children’s policies in all 31 provinces, except for Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, are evaluated systematically. The index aims to accelerate the development and protection of children’s rights. Policies …read more
17% of Male Prison Inmates Used to Be Left-behind Children
The results of research on criminality and left-behind children conducted over the last three years by Zhang Dandan, an assistant professor at the National School of Development of Peking University, have been released. The scholar has been permitted to visit a male prison in a city on the eastern coast of China in order to conduct her research. The pool of participants involved includes 1200 inmates of this prison, and the researcher continuously spent nearly three months with her students in order to conduct the interviews and collect all the data. Initially, Professor Zhang did not focus on the area of left-behind children. However, after conducting a preliminary examination of …read more
“Keep the Children Company” Project to take care of left-behind children
Rapid economic development throughout China has created a rich-poor gap, forcing millions of workers to emigrate from rural areas to the cities. This has caused millions of children to be left behind in rural areas under the care of relatives, mostly grandparents with little education. In order to help these children, a project called “Keep the Children Company” has been started in Leyun Village, Dazhou City, Sichuan Province. Thanks to this project, a “home” has been set up where left-behind children can do their homework, play chess, read books and play games. A group of “mothers” who can take care of the children has also been found. They have four main …read more
Free toilet paper program covers 53 Chinese schools
On April 7th, the China Philanthropy Research Institute Toilet Culture Research Center released its periodic report on Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program in Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province. At the same time, the Toilet Culture Research Center, Qingjun, founder of Kunshan Yuting Foundation (昆山昱庭公益基金会), together with Beijing Zhongze Foundation (北京众泽公益基金会) launches a Free Toilet Paper project in Qinhuangdao as its first site in Hebei Province. Toilet paper is crucial in toilet revolution, says Wang Zhenyao, head of the China Philanthropy Research Institute, providing free toilet paper can improve public ethics, correct the faults in Chinese culture, and stimulate more public action. The Free Toilet Paper in Campus Program is an …read more
27 institutions establish joint working system for left-behind children
A joint working system was established to take care of left-behind children by pooling efforts of 27 institutions, according to a document released on the official website of Chinese government.
China Central Television Tower marks World Autism Awareness Day by lighting up blue
China Central Television Tower lit up blue light as part of the “light it up blue” campaign of the World Autism Awareness Day, which was initiated by the Autism Speaks since 2011.
Three ministries begin a general investigation on left-behind children
The Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry of Education(教育部), and the Ministry of Public Security(公安部) are jointly starting a general investigation on left-behind children.
If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward
Project officer Ma Lingling tells us two sad stories on disadvantaged children and their teachers. She calls for empathy and genuine efforts from project officers to understand the difficulties faced by the people they serve and empower them.