Community Outreach

The jewel in Brits Abroad's crown is its Community Outreach programme.

Every jiao Brits Abroad raises from events goes to various worthwhile organisations in China. The current projects are described below.

Many of the organisations urgently need help from expats just like you. If you can spare any time and would like to give back to the country that is hosting you, please do contact them and offer your help

Id:20Organization:Shanghai Baby Home Healthcare Centre (SBHHCC)Text:

What does this charity do?

This is a pre and post operative residential home for orphaned babies undergoing surgery at Shanghai H C M C. Many of these babies have been given up by their parents as they require surgery in order for them to live normal lives. For instance, this may mean repairing a hole in a child’s heart or a hare lip, or correcting gastric or skeletal malformations. Once they have surgery they can live full lives again.

What extra can you do to help them?

( Information to come)

What did they do with their donation from Brits Abroad?

Brits Abroad raised 16,497rmb from an Ascot Lunch Event in June 2017. This money has been given to Shanghai Baby Home to help them carry out more operations on babies which will help them live normal lives. In some cases this will result in adoption.

What will this donation achieve?

A baby will be able to live a full life and have the chance to be part of a family again.


How can you contact this charity

You can contact this charity through the English speaking contact: Daisy Zhang, Email: daisyzh1@sina.com, Tel: 18017913529

 

What does this charity do?

This is a pre and post operative residential home for orphaned babies undergoing surgery at Shanghai H C M C. Many of these babies have been given up by their parents as they require surgery in order for them to live normal lives. For instance, this may mean repairing a hole in a child’s heart or a hare lip, or correcting gastric or skeletal malformations. Once they have surgery they can live full lives again.

What extra can you do to help them?

( Information to come)

What did they do with their donation from Brits Abroad?

Brits Abroad raised 16,497rmb from an Ascot Lunch Event in June 2017. This money has been given to Shanghai Baby Home to help them carry out more operations on babies which will help them live normal lives. In some cases this will result in adoption.

What will this donation achieve?

A baby will be able to live a full life and have the chance to be part of a family again.


How can you contact this charity

You can contact this charity through the English speaking contact: Daisy Zhang, Email: daisyzh1@sina.com, Tel: 18017913529

 

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Id:19Organization:Stepping StonesWebsite Url:http://steppingstoneschina.net/Text:

stepping stones 

What does this charity do?

Stepping Stones is a Hong Kong registered charity which works with expatriate and local volunteers to teach English in migrant schools and community centres in Shanghai and now in Anhui. They have taught 2,800 students in a total of 11 schools, focusing on students in grades 4 and 5. By learning English, these children improve their future chances of getting better educational opportunities and better paid employment.

What are they doing with the 2016 donation from Brits Abroad?

Gansu Project: the Brits Abroad donation of 15,840 RMB will cover the costs of sending 2 Stepping Stones volunteer teachers to Gansu province to teach English to female university students for two weeks in summer 2016. Stepping Stones will carry this out in partnership with Educating Girls in Rural China which already supports many women in getting a high school and university education in rural China. 

What will this donation achieve?

Education Girls in Rural China supports the university education of young women in rural China. It has found these women do not succeed as well as their urban counterparts, mainly due to their poor level of English.  This Stepping Stones project will highlight the importance and value of learning English which, in turn, will improve the students’ work and life opportunities within China.

What extra can you do to help them?

You can volunteer as a teacher if you can speak English well and are committed to the Stepping Stones mission of helping children in migrant schools improve their English

How can you contact this charity

Stepping Stones is a Hong Kong charity with an office in Shanghai.  Main contact:  Corinne Hua director@steppingstoneschina.net  

 

stepping stones 

What does this charity do?

Stepping Stones is a Hong Kong registered charity which works with expatriate and local volunteers to teach English in migrant schools and community centres in Shanghai and now in Anhui. They have taught 2,800 students in a total of 11 schools, focusing on students in grades 4 and 5. By learning English, these children improve their future chances of getting better educational opportunities and better paid employment.

What are they doing with the 2016 donation from Brits Abroad?

Gansu Project: the Brits Abroad donation of 15,840 RMB will cover the costs of sending 2 Stepping Stones volunteer teachers to Gansu province to teach English to female university students for two weeks in summer 2016. Stepping Stones will carry this out in partnership with Educating Girls in Rural China which already supports many women in getting a high school and university education in rural China. 

What will this donation achieve?

Education Girls in Rural China supports the university education of young women in rural China. It has found these women do not succeed as well as their urban counterparts, mainly due to their poor level of English.  This Stepping Stones project will highlight the importance and value of learning English which, in turn, will improve the students’ work and life opportunities within China.

What extra can you do to help them?

You can volunteer as a teacher if you can speak English well and are committed to the Stepping Stones mission of helping children in migrant schools improve their English

How can you contact this charity

Stepping Stones is a Hong Kong charity with an office in Shanghai.  Main contact:  Corinne Hua director@steppingstoneschina.net  

 

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Id:6Organization:Shanghai SunriseWebsite Url:http://www.shanghaisunrise.comText:

shanghai sunrise 

What does this charity do?

Shanghai Sunrise raises funds for high school, university and college scholarships for students from poor, working families in the Shanghai area. Established in 1995, it is a non-profit volunteer-led organisation under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Its mission is to equip disadvantaged students through education to:  lift themselves out of poverty, achieve fulfilling careers and be inspired to give back to the community.

What are they doing with the 2017 donation from Brits Abroad?

The Brits Abroad donation of 15,000rmb includes 3,000rmb to fund one school student and 12,000rmb to fund two university students for the 2017/18 academic year.

What will this donation achieve?

It will enable three students to complete a year of education. Brits Abroad has funded several places each year, with some of the students progressing to university

What extra can you do to help them?

You can offer to support a student by contributing to their annual Chinese public school fees or by volunteering http://www.shanghaisunrise.com/get-involved/volunteer-with-us

How can you contact this charity?

Holli Mallak :  executivedirector@shanghai sunrise.com ttp://www.shanghaisunrise.com/

shanghai sunrise 

What does this charity do?

Shanghai Sunrise raises funds for high school, university and college scholarships for students from poor, working families in the Shanghai area. Established in 1995, it is a non-profit volunteer-led organisation under the auspices of the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Its mission is to equip disadvantaged students through education to:  lift themselves out of poverty, achieve fulfilling careers and be inspired to give back to the community.

What are they doing with the 2017 donation from Brits Abroad?

The Brits Abroad donation of 15,000rmb includes 3,000rmb to fund one school student and 12,000rmb to fund two university students for the 2017/18 academic year.

What will this donation achieve?

It will enable three students to complete a year of education. Brits Abroad has funded several places each year, with some of the students progressing to university

What extra can you do to help them?

You can offer to support a student by contributing to their annual Chinese public school fees or by volunteering http://www.shanghaisunrise.com/get-involved/volunteer-with-us

How can you contact this charity?

Holli Mallak :  executivedirector@shanghai sunrise.com ttp://www.shanghaisunrise.com/

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Id:2Organization:Heart to HeartWebsite Url:http://heart2heartshanghai.net/Text:

What does this charity do?

Heart to Heart Shanghai is a Shanghai-based non-profit community outreach organisation composed of 100% volunteers who provide support and financial assistance to indigent Chinese children who require heart surgery. Heart to Heart Shanghai also provides financial assistance to rural Chinese schools which require libraries and other essentials.

What extra can you do to help them?

Volunteers are needed by Heart to Heart Shanghai to participate in children's play activities at the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital, knit outfits for heart bears, sort donated goods, and other activities. 

What did the Brits Abroad donation achieve?

Brits’  20,000rmb donation enabled a rural school library to be set up in Henan. The second donation of 19,350rmb enabled heart surgery for a child. Our 2017 donation of 30,000rmb will also fund children's heart surgery.

How can you contact this charity

Main contact: Karen Carrington, Executive Director: execdirector@h2hsh.net

General information: info@h2hsh.net

 

What does this charity do?

Heart to Heart Shanghai is a Shanghai-based non-profit community outreach organisation composed of 100% volunteers who provide support and financial assistance to indigent Chinese children who require heart surgery. Heart to Heart Shanghai also provides financial assistance to rural Chinese schools which require libraries and other essentials.

What extra can you do to help them?

Volunteers are needed by Heart to Heart Shanghai to participate in children's play activities at the Shanghai Yodak Cardio-Thoracic Hospital, knit outfits for heart bears, sort donated goods, and other activities. 

What did the Brits Abroad donation achieve?

Brits’  20,000rmb donation enabled a rural school library to be set up in Henan. The second donation of 19,350rmb enabled heart surgery for a child. Our 2017 donation of 30,000rmb will also fund children's heart surgery.

How can you contact this charity

Main contact: Karen Carrington, Executive Director: execdirector@h2hsh.net

General information: info@h2hsh.net

 

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Id:13Organization:Home Sweet HomeText:
Home Sweet Home is a Pudong-based charity that Brits Abroad has been supporting for several years.
 
Home Sweet Home provides a home, meals, training in a sewing workshop, life skills and English lessons for young homeless and disabled men and women. This opportunity provides a great experience for these young people and after two years many of them go out with the skills and means to live in the outside world.
 
In their workshop they produce various items for sale, and this makes money to help keep the project running. As well as sewing, they also print onto fabrics, and have a facility to put logos on to garments. They produce bags, aprons and oven gloves, to name but a few. All would make nice gifts and memories of Shanghai.
 
Gerie De Prater is the man in charge, with many years behind him in Shanghai. He came as a student and has been here almost ever since. He is helped by Amy, a young Chinese lady who volunteers nearly on a full-time basis!
 
Home Sweet Home relies on volunteers to help in any way they can, they also need help to keep the place open and running, and of course this costs money. Anyone wanting to help would be made most welcome. For further information, please visit their website: http:/www.homesweethome.org.cn/en 

 

Home Sweet Home is a Pudong-based charity that Brits Abroad has been supporting for several years.
 
Home Sweet Home provides a home, meals, training in a sewing workshop, life skills and English lessons for young homeless and disabled men and women. This opportunity provides a great experience for these young people and after two years many of them go out with the skills and means to live in the outside world.
 
In their workshop they produce various items for sale, and this makes money to help keep the project running. As well as sewing, they also print onto fabrics, and have a facility to put logos on to garments. They produce bags, aprons and oven gloves, to name but a few. All would make nice gifts and memories of Shanghai.
 
Gerie De Prater is the man in charge, with many years behind him in Shanghai. He came as a student and has been here almost ever since. He is helped by Amy, a young Chinese lady who volunteers nearly on a full-time basis!
 
Home Sweet Home relies on volunteers to help in any way they can, they also need help to keep the place open and running, and of course this costs money. Anyone wanting to help would be made most welcome. For further information, please visit their website: http:/www.homesweethome.org.cn/en 

 

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Id:4Organization:Huixin OrphanageText:

Huixin Orphanage is a government-run orphanage for babies and children with special needs such as Downs Syndrome, autism or cerebral palsy. Volunteers are allowed on Monday and Friday mornings to play with and cuddle the children, clean their teeth and help with feeding lunch. Their volunteer co-ordinator, Anne Clark, says "We are in need of volunteers. Our expat population is always in flux, so our volunteer base is constantly changing."

Supplies they need are: children's socks and underwear, diapers large and extra large, brooms and string mops (they go through these frequently), bar soap (preferably a moisturizing soap since they do not put lotion on the children), good quality (soft bristle) children's toothbrushes. If you would be interested in volunteering or donating any supplies, please contact Anne Clark at clark.annemarie@yahoo.com

 

 

Huixin Orphanage is a government-run orphanage for babies and children with special needs such as Downs Syndrome, autism or cerebral palsy. Volunteers are allowed on Monday and Friday mornings to play with and cuddle the children, clean their teeth and help with feeding lunch. Their volunteer co-ordinator, Anne Clark, says "We are in need of volunteers. Our expat population is always in flux, so our volunteer base is constantly changing."

Supplies they need are: children's socks and underwear, diapers large and extra large, brooms and string mops (they go through these frequently), bar soap (preferably a moisturizing soap since they do not put lotion on the children), good quality (soft bristle) children's toothbrushes. If you would be interested in volunteering or donating any supplies, please contact Anne Clark at clark.annemarie@yahoo.com

 

 

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Id:5Organization:Mercy FundWebsite Url:http://www.mercyfund.net/index.htmlText:

Mercy Fund Volunteers visit and support child cancer patients in Shanghai.

The organiser Thai-Lian says "We are very grateful for your continuous help and support for our charity works. We definitely welcome volunteers to join us. Since all of the Mercy Fund volunteers are expats, we generally visit the children at the hematology & oncology ward in XinHua Hospital during the school year i.e. from September to June. Please feel free to join us for a hospital visit on Mondays at 1pm."

In term of donations, they are always in need of face masks for the children all year long. Any cash donations will be used to finance the medical expenses and/or hospital bills of needy families whose children have cancer. If you would like to know more, please contact Thai-Lian at chai.tan@hotmail.com or visit our website http://www.mercyfund.net/index.html 

Mercy Fund Volunteers visit and support child cancer patients in Shanghai.

The organiser Thai-Lian says "We are very grateful for your continuous help and support for our charity works. We definitely welcome volunteers to join us. Since all of the Mercy Fund volunteers are expats, we generally visit the children at the hematology & oncology ward in XinHua Hospital during the school year i.e. from September to June. Please feel free to join us for a hospital visit on Mondays at 1pm."

In term of donations, they are always in need of face masks for the children all year long. Any cash donations will be used to finance the medical expenses and/or hospital bills of needy families whose children have cancer. If you would like to know more, please contact Thai-Lian at chai.tan@hotmail.com or visit our website http://www.mercyfund.net/index.html 

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Id:8Organization:Morning TearsText:

Morning Tears is an international nonprofit, non-religious, non-political organisation, founded by Koen Sevenants in 1998 that helps children of imprisoned parents in China and in Cambodia. These children are often rejected by society and they suffer from deep emotional traumas.

Morning Tears provides these children with a loving and caring home, as well as schooling and psychological care so they can regain trust and confidence and become strong adults.

In Shanghai, Morning Tears' focus is on fundraising, they organise charity events and participate in bazaars where they sell donated products. Therefore they are more than interested in welcoming any kind of direct and indirect help that can benefit Morning Tears with event management, item hunting for bazaars and administrative or bookkeeping help.

For more information please visit their homepage: www.morningtears.org.cn or email: mt.trainee@morningtears.org.cn to help to make a difference! 

Morning Tears is an international nonprofit, non-religious, non-political organisation, founded by Koen Sevenants in 1998 that helps children of imprisoned parents in China and in Cambodia. These children are often rejected by society and they suffer from deep emotional traumas.

Morning Tears provides these children with a loving and caring home, as well as schooling and psychological care so they can regain trust and confidence and become strong adults.

In Shanghai, Morning Tears' focus is on fundraising, they organise charity events and participate in bazaars where they sell donated products. Therefore they are more than interested in welcoming any kind of direct and indirect help that can benefit Morning Tears with event management, item hunting for bazaars and administrative or bookkeeping help.

For more information please visit their homepage: www.morningtears.org.cn or email: mt.trainee@morningtears.org.cn to help to make a difference! 

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Id:3Organization:Operation SmileText:

Operation Smile is a charity which provides free reconstructive surgeries for underprivileged children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate (they also perform surgery for adults who were never lucky enough to have it as a child, and have lived their lives with this stigma). They raise funds constantly through outreach, using these funds to pay the hospitals for the use of their equipment and to train and organise the volunteer Doctors and Nurses. The surgeries are life-changing, literally giving the patients their smile back. 

You can watch a moving video about the good work this worthy recipient of our fundraising on youku: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTY0ODU5OTg0.html

For more information, please contact Yilia He at Yilia.He@operationsmile.org

 

 

Operation Smile is a charity which provides free reconstructive surgeries for underprivileged children with cleft lip and/or cleft palate (they also perform surgery for adults who were never lucky enough to have it as a child, and have lived their lives with this stigma). They raise funds constantly through outreach, using these funds to pay the hospitals for the use of their equipment and to train and organise the volunteer Doctors and Nurses. The surgeries are life-changing, literally giving the patients their smile back. 

You can watch a moving video about the good work this worthy recipient of our fundraising on youku: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTY0ODU5OTg0.html

For more information, please contact Yilia He at Yilia.He@operationsmile.org

 

 

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Id:9Organization:Renewal CenterText:

The Renewal Center is a homeless shelter for migrant men who come to Shanghai often running away from unhappy childhoods, seeking work and a new start. 

At the Renewal Center they come to shower and change into clean clothing twice a week, as well as socialize and receive support from the founder, Jimmy McWhinney.

They can also become residents and receive work-training, helping them leave the dangers of the streets and regain a sense of self-worth. 

The center is about to open their doors to women too, helping them avoid the numerous hazards of homelessness.

The Renewal Center constantly needs supplies of clothing, so please think of them when clearing out your closets. They also would love to have any help with classes for their clients such as yoga, health education etc. Financial donations have created a new kitchen recently, and an improved work-training area. 

To get involved, please contact Jimmy at jimmy@renewal.org.cn.

The Renewal Center is a homeless shelter for migrant men who come to Shanghai often running away from unhappy childhoods, seeking work and a new start. 

At the Renewal Center they come to shower and change into clean clothing twice a week, as well as socialize and receive support from the founder, Jimmy McWhinney.

They can also become residents and receive work-training, helping them leave the dangers of the streets and regain a sense of self-worth. 

The center is about to open their doors to women too, helping them avoid the numerous hazards of homelessness.

The Renewal Center constantly needs supplies of clothing, so please think of them when clearing out your closets. They also would love to have any help with classes for their clients such as yoga, health education etc. Financial donations have created a new kitchen recently, and an improved work-training area. 

To get involved, please contact Jimmy at jimmy@renewal.org.cn.

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Id:12Organization:Shanghai Babys' HomeText:

This is a small non-profit organization which brings orphaned disabled children from around China to Shanghai for surgery, and then finds foster homes or adoptive parents (even better!) for the children, rather than sending them back to the orphanages.

They rely solely on donations to continue this incredible work. At the moment they are specifically asking for volunteers to spend part of one day a week with the children at the home (they are in Pudong).

They also have an on-going need for wet-wipes and nappies for infants 0-12 months.

To contact them, please go to the website, or email Karen at karen_zy@163.com

www.shbabyhome.org.cn

This is a small non-profit organization which brings orphaned disabled children from around China to Shanghai for surgery, and then finds foster homes or adoptive parents (even better!) for the children, rather than sending them back to the orphanages.

They rely solely on donations to continue this incredible work. At the moment they are specifically asking for volunteers to spend part of one day a week with the children at the home (they are in Pudong).

They also have an on-going need for wet-wipes and nappies for infants 0-12 months.

To contact them, please go to the website, or email Karen at karen_zy@163.com

www.shbabyhome.org.cn

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Id:1Organization:Shining StarText:

Shining Star is an orphanage for blind and partially-sighted children in Shanghai. They provide love, care and education to the children.

Shining Star focuses on getting the children ready for school and gives them the skills to be able to lead a normal life with their disability. All children have their own individual lessons and schedules, in order to get their education to a level at which they could join a school, thus encouraging their independence. Not only do the children receive this personal attention for their own development, but they are also frequently taken on day trips to the city or even just the local mall or supermarket to gain exposure to everyday life. This practical learning is highly beneficial. Day trips, for example to a soft play center, also provide opportunities for interaction with local children and discussions about their differences, which is something those who work at Shining Star encourage for the children’s learning and understanding. 

Shining Star need local volunteers either directly engaging with the children, or working on the fundraising and local awareness of the project. For more information, please e-mail shiningstar@gmail.com

Shining Star is an orphanage for blind and partially-sighted children in Shanghai. They provide love, care and education to the children.

Shining Star focuses on getting the children ready for school and gives them the skills to be able to lead a normal life with their disability. All children have their own individual lessons and schedules, in order to get their education to a level at which they could join a school, thus encouraging their independence. Not only do the children receive this personal attention for their own development, but they are also frequently taken on day trips to the city or even just the local mall or supermarket to gain exposure to everyday life. This practical learning is highly beneficial. Day trips, for example to a soft play center, also provide opportunities for interaction with local children and discussions about their differences, which is something those who work at Shining Star encourage for the children’s learning and understanding. 

Shining Star need local volunteers either directly engaging with the children, or working on the fundraising and local awareness of the project. For more information, please e-mail shiningstar@gmail.com

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Id:11Organization:Shanghai United Family HospitalText:

Brits Abroad Shanghai supports this hospital which provides free dental care and education to children in migrant schools.  

This year they have reached 2800 students in Shanghai and Anhui provinces, in a total of 11 schools, focusing on 4-5 grade students.  

They are always fundraising, and are looking for anyone interested in teen or pre-teen girls' education and working with Shanghai Women's Federation.

For more information, please visit  www.ufh.com.cn

Brits Abroad Shanghai supports this hospital which provides free dental care and education to children in migrant schools.  

This year they have reached 2800 students in Shanghai and Anhui provinces, in a total of 11 schools, focusing on 4-5 grade students.  

They are always fundraising, and are looking for anyone interested in teen or pre-teen girls' education and working with Shanghai Women's Federation.

For more information, please visit  www.ufh.com.cn

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