Educating the Forgotten Children of Rural China
In rural China, there are approximately 61 million children that are “left behind” 留守儿童 by their migrant parents who leave for the cities to find work. The children are left with extended family, mostly grandparents, with little or no education. Sometimes circumstances force children to live alone.
Transportation in the mountain region is a challenge, as the roads are neglected and public transportation is scarce. Many of the left-behind children live miles away from the nearest school and market.
Our Strategy & Plans
Due to new restrictions on Chinese schools and organizations accepting foreign aid funds, the Nathan Yip Foundation has shifted its geographic focus in recent years. However, a team of local volunteers continues to raise funds within China to support literacy and educator professional development projects at historic Nathan Yip School of Hope sites.
Our Strategy & Plans
Lizi Elementary School
- Fangzhao, Taijiang Region, Guizhou Province
- Lizi is a remote mountain village in Guizhou Province of China and home to a community of the Miao ethnic minority people.
- In 2008, the Nathan Yip Foundation completed construction on a 6,000 square foot school for the village children, who never had a school building until then. Today 150 students attend this school and receive ongoing scholarship support from the foundation.
Nathan Yip Foundation Teacher Training Program
- Many teachers in the remote villages we support are community volunteers and do not have formal teacher training. Each year, we bring a cohort of teachers from all over China to Shanghai for a complimentary two-week intensive training program. With this training, teachers can return to their classrooms with tools and new methods to teach effectively and with confidence.
- This training is made possible through funds raised at the biennial Shanghai Gala and through a partnership with the Shanghai Putuo district.
Shuang He Elementary
– Peiyang Region, Guizhou Province
- The mountainous geography of Guizhou presents special transportation challenges, leaving the province underdeveloped and disadvantaged. Most families in Peiyang, Guizhou struggle with poverty and food shortage, and more than half of the students must regularly walk more than three miles to school, even in difficult weather conditions.
- In September 2012, Shuang He Elementary School (the central elementary school in Peiyang) and the Guizhou Youth Foundation reached out to the global philanthropic community for help. After hearing of the situation and visiting the community, the Nathan Yip Foundation committed to finding a solution.
The Nathan Yip Foundation has been supporting education efforts in Colorado since 2009. We’ve developed and implemented over a dozen programs to address the educational needs for students with limited resources.
The Nathan Yip Foundation has been working in China since 2004. Since then, eight schools, two cafeterias, one dormitory, and two orphanages have been built or supported across five provinces, providing education for over 4,000 students.
Since its founding in 2002, the Nathan Yip Foundation’s support has reached communities across the world in many countries in Africa, North, Central, and South America, as well as all over East and Southeast Asia.