|Region||Beijing, Liaoning, Jiangxi, Shaanxi, Henan|
The Sun Village Project is a raising and education project for the children of the persons who are serving a sentence. It is launched by the Sun Villages in the above six regions (Beijing, Xian and Dalian etc.). This project is developed to provide for the basic needs of the children of the persons who are serving sentences, provide them with necessary guarantees and make them have the same existence and educational rights as the children in ordinary families.
In China, there are more than 600,000 children whose parents are serving sentences. These children have one or both parents sentenced into prisons, so these parents cannot fulfill their duty of raising the children. Thus these Children have to face the economic hardships of family and the problem of lacking parent’s cares. Dropout rate of these children are much higher than that in ordinary student group, there are also a significant number of children roaming about begging in the society, no person takes care of them. Sun Villages are specially established to raise and take care of these children. Through cooperating with the prison, Sun Villages can actively receive the children of the persons who are serving sentences and provide them with lodging, food, education and medical care guarantees. This can help to make these children grow up healthily and receive education. Sun Villages also have their own vegetable plantations, which can be used to foster the children’s labor capacities while creating some benefits to support the daily needs of Sun Villages.
Our grant provides the project with support though China Charities Aid Foundation for Children. Our grant is mainly used to pay the daily living expenses (tuition and medical fees etc.) of some students and provide them with living guarantee. It also supports the capacity building, house repairing, land leasing and winter heating expenses of Sun Village organizations.
Summary on first phase of project:
In the first phase (June 2012 to March 2013), the project supports the payment of house repairing, land leasing and winter heating expenses in the children living area of Beijing Sun Village and the wage subsidies of relevant working personnel. The support provided by the first phase of project stabilized the land use and organization personnel troop of Beijing Sun Village and guaranteed the basic survival needs of children. The project also helped Sun Village organization solve the daily operation fund need for the farm in Beijing Sun Village.
Summary on the second phase of project:
In the second phase (April 2013 to March 2014), the project provides 6 organizations for the children of the persons who are serving sentences (including Beijing Sun Village Children Education Advisory Centre, Liaoning Chaoyang Shuangta Sun Village Children and Elderly Aiding Center, Dalian Yangguangyihong Children’s Village, Henan Xinxiang Sun Village Children Aiding Center, Shaanxi Aiding Center for Children of Incarcerated Center and Sun Village Poyang Lake Children Aiding Center) in China with hardware support, organization staff wages support and Children learning & development and daily guarantee support.
Focal points in third phase of project:
In the third phase (October 2014 to September 2015), the project will continue supporting the 5 organizations for the children of the persons who are serving sentences (Beijing Sun Village Children Education Advisory Centre, Dalian Yangguangyihong Children’s Village, Henan Xinxiang Sun Village Children Aiding Center, Shaanxi Aiding Center for Children of Incarcerated Center, Sun Village Poyang Lake Children Aiding Center) based on the actual demand and financing and project execution capacities of the sun village in each region. In addition to providing some working personnel with wage support to stabilize the team with offering some necessary hardware support, this phase of project will have an eye on the actual growth needs of the children in the sun village of each region, and focus on improving children growth education and organization management levels, including supporting the archives construction of Dalian Yangguang Children’s Village, adding 1 young teacher of Social Work Profession to Henan Xinxiang Sun Village Children Aiding Center, organizing the cultivation personnel representative of the sun village in each region go to Beijing and receive the training relevant to Growing Home’s “new 1001 bedtime stories” and introducing the project of “new 1001 bedtime stories” to the sun village of each region according to local conditions. At present, there are 438 children under difficult circumstances receiving cultivation and education from 5 sun villages, including about 337 children of the persons who are serving sentences.