As we can all appreciate, many people in Shanghai are far less fortunate than we are and centres like Huaxin exist to support these children and to offer hope and support to families who may otherwise have been left to struggle alone. Ellen Loasby, who is long-standing BISS parent and a wonderful lady and the link between our school and the centre, was able to explain to us that the money raised by students and families at BISS has enabled the centre to open move to a location next door to the Qingpu special needs school where it can offer much more support to some of the school’s most disadvantaged children.
Whilst writing this blog I am also able to reflect on the impact that some of our other charitable events have had. A few weeks back, Janneke van de Griendt organized for giving tree bags to be sold, packed and sent to local migrant schools to ensure hundreds of children in Shanghai have warm clothes and a gift at Christmas; Alex Kolb and Irene Garcia have returned from Tanzania where students supported remote families by building goat sheds and supplying a goat, which will offer a constant source of milk, and also fitted solar panels on houses to offer a source of electricity. This may seem a small thing but in many cases, it means the families are no longer dependent on the sun to work or cook. Finally, we saw Ling Coong organize a wonderful but wet Christmas fair where the money raised for the Heart-2-Heart charity and the IndoStarfish Foundation will support some of Cambodia’s poorest children.