ABOUT THE QINGDAO EXPAT CHARITY GROUP
A small group of expatriates banded together to volunteer their time in hopes of giving back to the generous and welcoming community of Qingdao. Since creating the Qingdao Expat Charity in 2001, the group has steadily grown in number and seen increasing success in achieving their goals.
The Qingdao Expat Charity’s sole purpose is to give back to the Qingdao community by supporting disadvantaged children, supplement tuition, improve rural school conditions, and provide vital financial assistance for children in need of medical attention, specifically congenital heart disease. The children supported have suffered the loss of a parent or both parents and have little to no income.
Working with local school officials and adhering to the Chinese culture, members of the Qingdao Expat Charity hand deliver the donations to these children at their schools twice a year. When a child is in need of financial aid for medical treatment, Qingdao Expat Charity members visit the child in the hospital and present the funds directly to the child’s guardian. By connecting with the children face-to-face, the Qingdao Expat Charity ensures that the donations received go to the children that need it the most.
For each student we support, at least 400 rmb a year helps them pay for school supplies, books, and health insurance, enabling them to go to school daily and alleviate this financial stress from their day-to-day lives. For medical assistance, we pay a lump sum of 10,000rmb to assist in the surgery costs.
The Qingdao Expat Charity is entirely dependent on donations and completely run by volunteers. By organizing fundraising events such as last year’s successful Havana Night or next month’s September 24th Backyard BBQ Party, all proceeds will go to these children. Currently the Charity supports over 65 students at schools in Jimo, Pingdu, and Laishi. Over the last year, the Charity has supported 6 children in need of heart operations.
You can support the Qingdao Expat Charity by attending upcoming events, volunteering, or through donations. Please follow them at firstname.lastname@example.org or joining their wechat group at ‘Expat Charity Community Group’. With your help, the Qingdao Expat Charity can continue to make a difference in the lives of these children.