A Bridge for Children International

Context: 1 in 3 residents of Beijing is a migrant and over 500,000 children of migrant workers are estimated to reside in Beijing. While China’s nine-year compulsory education recently became free for all children in government schools, hidden costs such as identification requirements make public education impossible for many migrants. Most schools for migrant children offer only the bare minimum in basic curriculum and have limited provisions for topics such as the arts and physical education. Most Chinese girls do not play sports – whether in school, family, or extracurricular settings – and seldom receive encouragement from parents, teachers or the community to do so. Sports, as a means of developing leadership, teamwork skills and confidence, is underutilized.

Organization: Founded in 2007, A Bridge for Children International (ABC) is dedicated to serving orphans and migrant children, two of the most vulnerable and at-risk populations in China. Built on the conviction that every child deserves a family and an education, ABC serves underprivileged children in three programmatic areas: CONNECT (CSR and Volunteerism), DREAM (Education and Life Skills) and TALENT (Migrant Children Sports, Arts, Music, and teacher training).

Current Grant: This is EMpower’s second grant to ABC and 4th year of support to the Talent (formerly known as Cai) program, which enables migrant youth to increase their confidence, self-esteem, and interpersonal skills on a sports, arts and music platform. The program is currently offered to over 600 migrant youth in 6 schools outside the 5th ring in Beijing. ABC also engages young adult orphans from their Dream program to serve alongside professionals and university student volunteers. 

Contact: Zadok Huang, zadok@abridgeforchildren.org
Beijing
Website: http://abridgeforchildren.org/CMS/
Year established: 2007