We provide material assistance to children in need, including blankets, winter clothes, food and nutritious products.
Studies have shown that reading can significantly enhance children’s learning. Since 2007, we have built or refurbished 28 reading rooms in different rural villages in China, with a cumulative beneficiary of over 9,000 students. The purpose of these reading rooms is to spark the passion of reading as a supplement of the formal school education, enrich children’s knowledge, and promote the pursuance of their dreams. They also serve as platforms for a wide variety of engaging activities to spark children’s creativity. With the launch of the distance learning program Volun-online (see below), some reading rooms have been upgraded into distance learning classrooms.
This is an e-Learning program, to enable volunteer tutors from all across the country to remotely tutor children in impoverished villages in real time via internet links. The objective is to broaden the children’s horizon and enhance their interest in acquiring knowledge. Beneficiaries include Chi Heng-sponsored orphans and left behind children. This program is now available in Henan, Anhui, Guangxi, Hunan, Shandong and Yunnan and will continue to be expanded.
Program for Children with HIV
Children with HIV are, in some cases, still too young to attend school. However, their immediate needs may include health promotion, material assistance, and various social programs. We assess these needs on a case-by-case basis and provide accordingly.
Community Self Help Support
We offer summer internship and long-term job opportunities to AIDS-impacted university students in our programs with the hope of empowering them to become role models, like big brothers and big sisters, for younger AIDS-impacted children and, at the same time, encouraging these older students to give back to their communities. Many of the AIDS-impacted university graduates who were previously supported by us have become our volunteers and paid staff. They have formed a community self-help network and play an important role in the design and implementation of the AIDS Orphans Program.
AIDS Prevention and Education
This is our outreach program to communities, to distribute info on AIDS prevention, encourage villagers to take HIV testing, and promote anti-discrimination.
We have introduced health promotion programs such as direct observation therapy, psychosocial care and support, and immunization of hepatitis and meningitis. Our team takes care of HIV-infected children and give monthly living expense subsidies to HIV-infected or particularly poor students to promote better nutrition.
This may include building reading rooms, buying books, providing music classes and instruments, and conducting other activities. The purpose is to enhance the quality of education to children in poverty-stricken AIDS-impacted villages.