According to China Report statistics on Children Welfare, there are approximate 510,000 orphans and an additional 8.9 million children living in poverty. Although China is now, since 2010, offering financial subsidy to them, caring of orphans and the impoverished remains a concern. With our relenting effort to assist the disadvantaged, Sowers Action has expanded its program to providing basic needs and care for this group. In 2012, our member council decided to further the organization’s efforts in providing care and access to education to this group.
This results in the establishment of our Children’s Home in Yunnan starting in 2013 with objectives to providing a Home to raising our children with comprehensive and holistic education. The underlying importance of our aim is to address not only basic needs, but also more importantly, to raise positive value and behavior for their eventual integration into mainstream society.
The Shuifu Sowers Children’s Home which commenced its services on July 1, 2013, is the first Home we operate jointly with the local county government’s Civil Affairs Bureau. We are registered as a non-government entity and collaborate in the management of the Home with support and provision under the Civil Affairs Bureau in Shuifu County, Zhaotong City, Yunnan.
The Shuifu Sowers Children’s home occupies 5.4 acres and operates from a 3-storey building that can accommodate up to 90. The Home aims to provide a home environment for our children and houses an array of facilities, including independent male and female dormitories, kitchen and dining hall, bathroom and shower, recreation and learning areas like playground, library and computer room. In addition, the Home provides therapy services for the mental and physical impaired and is the only center in the county that can provide care to the handicapped and abandoned. Our home has grown rapidly and from the initial 14, and we now are providing for 80+ children with age ranging from 1 to 20.
The successful running of the Shuifu Sowers Children’s Home has provided an exemplary model not only locally but also for nearby counties. In 2016, we received an invitation from the Yongshan County government to open a Children’s Home that works on the same joint-operational principles; and the Yongshan Sowers Children’s Home went into service in Sep 2016.
The Yongshan Sowers Children’s Home operates 2 building with a total floor space of close to 5.7 acres and maximum capacity of 200. Similar to Shuifu’s, this Home aims to provide a home environment for our children and houses an array of facilities, including independent male and female dormitories, kitchen and dining hall, bathroom and shower, recreation and learning areas like playground, library and computer room. The Home is now servicing close to 80 children with age range of 2-14, including a few that need special care.
Since the establishment of Shuifu Sowers Children’s Home and YongShan Sowers Children’s Home, the mission and the management standards of these two homes are recognized by other areas in Yunnan. Recommended by the Department of Civil Affairs of Yunnan and accompanied by their representatives, Sowers visited Diqing in early 2018 for investigating the possibility of establishing Diqing Sowers Children’s Home.
In May 2018, Sowers Action formally signed a contract with the Department of Civil Affairs on establishing Diqing Sowers Children’s Home under the Government. Diqing Sowers Children’s Home aims to provide a home for orphans and children in distress in Shangri-La, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. It will be in service in the autumn of 2018.