As part of the Amity’s Rural Orphan Fostering Project, the Amity Foundation and the Orphan Education Society in Guangdong signed a cooperation agreement to fund 2,000 orphans in poverty-stricken areas in Guangdong Province over the next three years. Vice-Secretary General He Wen and Vice-Secretary General Ge Xiaohong singed the agreement on behalf of the two organizations.
He Wen and Ge Xiaohong are signing
the cooperation agreement
In 2002, the Amity Foundation started the rural orphans fostering project, to support orphans in poverty- stricken areas by providing grants for basic living expenses, including medical treatment as well as education. In 2008, the Tencent Foundation teamed up with Amity and jointly started to raise funds online for this project. Up to March 2017, more than 128 million Yuan was raised to support those children in need. The orphans are mainly distributed in more than 330 counties in Jiangsu, Henan, Shandong, Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan, Ningxia, Guangxi and Chonqing, helping more than 24,000 orphans up to now.
Amity's Rural Orphan Fostering Program
aims for a holistic development
Although Guandong province is on the forefront of economic development in China, due to the uneven development of rural and urban areas, there are regions in northern Guandong where people are still living in poverty. Especially for orphans who lack the love of parents, life is difficult and many of them drop out of school. “I am happy Amity Foundation and the Orphan Education Society in Guangdong are working together and I hope we will be able to help more children who are in need and will give them the equal opportunity of education, and healthy grow-up and raise awareness within the larger society with the aim to nurture social volunteers who serve the public,” says Hewen. According to statistics, Orphan Education Society in Guangdong has provided support for 24,346 students since 2004.
By providing visits and camps, Amity supports the psychological well-being of the orphans and ensures that the help is received. Therefore, the Amity Foundation is teaming up with local grassroot NGOs sharing the same holistic vision as Amity and as it is stated in the Sustainable Development Goals: Leaving no one behind