FOR MORE THAN A DECADE BUSI­NESS TRAV­ELLER ASIA-PA­CIFIC

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - CHARITY -

has been proud to work along­side the Chi Heng Foun­da­tion (CHF) in bring­ing to­gether our many part­ners in the ho­tel and air­line in­dus­tries to make a real dif­fer­ence to the lives of thou­sands of young peo­ple in China. As we en­ter our 13th year of as­so­ci­a­tion with CHF we re­main truly hum­bled by the ef­forts of the foun­da­tion’s staff and vol­un­teers, whose work de­serves our ut­most ad­mi­ra­tion and re­spect.

CHF’s long-run­ning com­mit­ment to pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tional spon­sor­ship and psy­choso­cial sup­port to AIDS-im­pacted chil­dren in China, from pri­mary school through to uni­ver­sity, has re­mained strong over the past 16 years. De­spite the chal­lenges in­volved in bring­ing aid to a large num­ber of stu­dents spread over a vast geo­graphic area, CHF en­sures that all funds are dis­trib­uted di­rectly by its own staff and vol­un­teers rather than in­ter­me­di­aries, en­sur­ing qual­ity and con­ti­nu­ity within the pro­gramme.

To date, the foun­da­tion has cu­mu­la­tively spon­sored more than 23,000 stu­dents from AIDS-af­fected fam­i­lies, and since 2002 more than 2,500 have grad­u­ated from uni­ver­si­ties. CHF is the largest and long­est run­ning non­govern­men­tal op­er­a­tion in China pro­vid­ing com­pre­hen­sive as­sis­tance to AIDS-im­pacted chil­dren.

Along­side for­mal ed­u­ca­tion, CHF also helps to pro­vide chil­dren with vo­ca­tional train­ing as well as run­ning psy­choso­cial pro­grammes, in­clud­ing home vis­its, art coun­selling, sum­mer camps, me­mory book projects and other school-based ac­tiv­i­ties. Ex­pe­ri­ence has shown that th­ese mea­sures pro­vide a pos­i­tive im­pact on the stu­dents’ aca­demic per­for­mance and men­tal health.

Many of CHF’s ef­forts have also gone into long-term de­vel­op­ment projects in­clud­ing build­ing more than 25 read­ing rooms in China this year, 14 of which were built with the sup­port of Busi­ness Trav­eller and its read­ers. Th­ese read­ing rooms pro­vide much-needed read­ing ma­te­ri­als as well as serv­ing as a meet­ing point and lo­ca­tion for staff and vol­un­teers to pro­vide ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pan­ion­ship to chil­dren in di­verse ar­eas of ru­ral China. Con­tin­u­ous fund­ing of th­ese and other mean­ing­ful pro­grammes, along with ed­u­ca­tional sup­port, is crit­i­cal in al­le­vi­at­ing the suf­fer­ing of thou­sands of in­no­cent chil­dren, and pro­vid­ing the chance of a bright fu­ture for all.

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