The Amity Foundation Social Welfare Division is working in providing services for people in need. Furthermore, we focus on increasing awareness and advocacy for marginalized groups in China.
Our programs center on improving the quality of life for
- children with physical and mental disabilities
- disadvantaged and marginalized groups
In the past years, the main targets of social welfare programs were disabled orphans, visually impared children, bilingual deaf education and children with congential heart disease.
The programs have always adhered to the "help - development" concept of service; providing recipients with rehabilitation, education and holistic care through a full range of services, with a respectful attitude and a participatory management model. In the provision of services, we have focused on the integration of social care providers and resources. Working with professional national institutions, we aim to introduce advanced international concepts of childcare, special education and methods of caring for the physically challenged. We have publicized and advocated the Convention on the Rights of the Child focusing on child protection and disability rights to encourage greater respect and social acceptance.
We seek not only to address the direct inequalities that these groups face, but also to change the way these groups are perceived by the government and society. In our work, we have continued to update and improve our existing programs using international models in social services and childcare and adapting these ideas to the China social landscape. China’s development in the care and protection of vulnerable people is antiquated and neglected in some ways. Our programs incorporate and adapt these international standards for the protection of rights and services in order to improve China’s social development and to eliminate barriers of discrimination.
|Amity supports and addresses the needs of physically and/or mentally handicapped orphans living in social welfare institutes and foster families. We seek to improve the overall quality of life and social standards for these orphanage children. (link)|
|Therefore we ensure that the hearing impaired children enjoy compulsory education, starting from preschool. Their basic education is then synchronized with other children of the same age, promoting quality deaf education in China and benefiting many. (link)|