Austen Morris Associates Annual, Chi Fan for Charity supported Shaanxi Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids

Austen Morris Associates Annual, Chi Fan for Charity supported Shaanxi Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids

Austen Morris Associates Annual, Chi Fan for Charity supported Shaanxi Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids 165 120 AMA Team

Baoji Xinxing Aid for Street Kids (Xinxing) is an independent grassroots non-profit organisation specilizing in aid for street kids. It was founded back in 2006 by a group of staff that had been previously employed by the Baoji Street Children Program of Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). Xinxing has made their aim to ensure street children and disadvantaged youth in Baoji regain their fundamental rights for survival, development, and education by providing them with immediate assistance and support. Our donation through Chi Fan for Charity has allowed Xinxing’s to work with nearly 100 underprivileged children. They have organised five outreach programs, which include: Medical Care, Psychological Support, Education and Leading, Outings, Social Investigation, and Early Intervention.
The stories of these small brave souls illustrate that physical size in relation to courage has no correlation.. The cases ranged from children that suffered from epilepsy, to muscle atrophy to skin disease. Over the two-month long period, 26 children received medical treatment. One of the most severe cases was of a young girl who endured the pain of rheumatoid arthritis in her joints and organs. The pain was so severe that even getting up to walk to the restroom posed to be a challenge. However, she was eager to show us that it could be done.
For psychological support, five workshops of art and music therapy were introduced to the patients. Through art therapy and adolescent counseling, the young artists were able to communicate their ideas to the group, experienced safe outlets for self-expression, and recognized that their feelings and problems are not unique. More importantly, these therapy efforts served as a suitable segway to returning these children back to their homes and communities.
Children’s education and leading is another main focus of the centers mission. Five young adults had the opportunity to learn French baking skills through Shanghai Young Bakers, two additional boys were sent to a local vocational school to hone their cooking skills, while other students studied at the local community school. For the children who had mental and physical hindrances, teachers taught them to paint, make handcrafts, play sports, listen to music and watch cartoons. One of the volunteer teachers, Addison, took the kids to a children’s rehabilitation center to exercise, and experience a focused education specifically molded for them.
Excursions are another crucial aspect of the program as they serve as a way to expose the Children to daily activity as well as broaden their perspectives of the world. From riding double-seated bicycles and to wearing traditional folk customs, the children enjoyed themselves in Baoji City North Slope Park. A few other activities included: a visit to the Baoji Local Church to enjoy a Christmas spectacular performance, and a stroll to a local Wine Bar. Here, the students participated in the festivities of raising funds for other children.
A total of 22 children were able to return back to their homes after having been displaced from their families. They assisted seven children over 16 years of age, return to their families safely, and sent them along with full bellies and transportation fare. The most moving story witnessed this year was the story of QiangQiang. He couldn’t speak, but luckily, could write. By means of his pen and wads of paper scraps, we discovered that he had been separated from his parents and had not been able to find their whereabouts since. He knew of his home address, but no one ever answered the door; turns out his parents were working in Xi’an. Through our social investigation, we contacted the boy’s father, and discovered that they too, had been hunting for their lost son. Qiangqing’s father was so elated upon receiving our call; he promised he’d make his way over as soon as he could. The following day, we anxiously waited by the centre’s entrance. We noticed an ageing couple approaching the entryway and instantly knew it was Qiangqing’s mother. With his mothers’ eyes swollen with tears, no words were exchanged at that moment; their long embrace as a completed family said enough. QiangQiang parents donated RMB 1000 to the centre as a token of their appreciation.
Xinxing’s early intervention activities (outreach program) continue to expand. Currently Xinxing outreach team assists 168 children to stay in school in five various counties around Baoji (Feng County, Taibai County, Linyou County, Qianyang County, and Long County). With the provision of education and consistent support to children and their caregivers, they aim to minimize the risks of children dropping out of school or taking to the streets.
Every year they identify more and more disadvantaged children in remote mountainous areas and have been able to expand their support and services to accommodate them. The Outreach Team visited the homes of these children and provided winter necessities like blankets, winter coats, winter shoes, thermals, washing powder, shampoo, and so on. Psychological support and family education counseling were also offered.

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