What is “Children of Madaifu”?
“Children of Madaifu” is a charitable organisation founded in 1999 by a French doctor in Beijing, who was vice president of “Doctors without Borders”. The association is formed around an original concept: “Orphanage without Walls”: In the countryside, when a child loses his or her parents and has nowhere to go, he or she is often taken in by the grandparents or by an uncle. However, it is often very difficult for these farmers to provide for an additional person as they live off roughly 20 euros a month. By providing financial aid the association makes it possible for the child to remain with the family and in the village. (For more information visit their website: www.madaifu.org)
During a trip to Gansu to check on children, one of the volunteers noticed the local people storing a lot of apples. Asked why, they explained that they had too many and could not find a market for them. So the volunteer decided to organize a sale that would benefit not only the farmers but the children as well. For the past 10 years the organization has purchased apples in Gansu and Shaanxi from local farmers at the market rate and shipped them to Beijing where they have been sold at several International Schools, companies, restaurants and to private individuals.
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