Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Associate Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Wenshan Special Education School (Yunnan Province) was established in December, 1997, and began enrolling students in across the Wenshan Prefecture in 2000. Its target students were those with visual and hearing impairments, and the schools remains as the only 12-year compulsory school for teenagers with special needs. The school is located in the political center of the prefecture, neighboring Wenshan University and surrounded by trees. It covers over 1 hectare of land and has 8,143 square meters of building area. The school began to enroll students for free during the second semester of 2004. There are 22 classes now, with 294 students with hearing impairment, 29 students with visual impairment, and 71 staff.
This is a pair of glasses of a student.
The government provides￥245/month for each of the students, covering food, lodging, clothes, etc. In addition, each student usually pays about ￥200 each year, of which ￥100 is for daily necessities and ￥70 is for insurance expense. If a child gets sick, the parents pay the medical charges. The school can apply for medical support on behalf of children from poverty-stricken families. The government can provide about ￥600 of medicines each year.
Most of the children come from poor families living in mountainous areas. Even when they are found visually impaired, their parents are unable or do not know to take them to consult a doctor. Some children with amblyopia could not be treated in time, which caused their visions to deteriorate. Bright Future Program launched by Rainbow Village aims to help deaf children with visual impairment.
At the campus, we met the principal, who gave us an introduction to the school. The school provided some vocational courses - including how to give massages, car washing, beauty and cosmetics, etc. - which teach the children a skill that will be useful in their lives.
The principal also introduced the teachers to us. Some of them do not live near the school, but they visit on weekends in case there is any problem among the students. Other teachers live with the children. They do not only teach them knowledge, but they also provide emotional and social support as part of a holistic care for the youth.
Original article written by Jun Wang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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