Enfants du Ningxia

When our organisation was first established, our aim was to enable girls who had been taken out of school to work in the fields and be married early to return to their studies. However, we now give scholarships to all children whose families can no longer afford to send them to school, enabling them to continue their education until graduation, thus giving them the possibility of a brighter future.
Sep 27, 2012

Our new beneficiaries

In the last report, we described our June field
mission which was the occasion for us to visit a lot of potential new
beneficiaries. Back in Beijing, we had to review the cases of all of the
candidates that we visited. We are now very glad to let you know that vérifier nombre candidates out of vérifier nombre were selected to be
sponsored by Enfants du Ningxia. Here
is a short presentation of some of them:


  • Name : Bai Xiaorong
  • Age :  14
  • Gender : female
  • Grade : 2nd year of middle school

Situation :  This young girl lives in a small cave with
her family. As the family does not have any income, and as they do not want to
have any kind of debt (they know that they will not be able to pay back those
debts), they live with very little money. As a consequence, Bai Xiaorong cannot
affort to eat properly when she is at school, where she only eat a bowl of rice
during lunch time.

  • Name :  Ding Xuemei
  • Age :  22
  • Gender :  female
  • Grade : 3rd year of university. Her major is gynecology

Situation :  Both of Ding Xuemei’s parents cannot work
because they are handicapped. They just receive a little subsidy from the
government for living, but it is not enough to pay their daily life expenses
(basically, food). Ding Xuemei’s brother and sister help the parents by giving
them a little money every month. In order to pay her studies, Ding Xuemei has
several part time jobs.

Her major
is very useful, as a lot of women in Ningxia suffer from health issues linked
to gynecology problems.

  • Name :  Hu Yuhui and Hu Yuhong
  • Age :  13 and 9
  • Gender :  Females
  • Grade :  6th and 4th grade of primary school

Situation :  When the girls’ father died when they were
little, the mother decided to leave and to abandon her two daughters. Since
this time, they live with their grandparents who are very old and also very poor.
As the family is lacking money, we think that when they will be 16 they will be
married, so they will not be a burden anymore. It would be a waste, as the two
girls are very clever.

  • Name :  Yang Xiaoping
  • Age :  17
  • Gender : male 
  • Grade :  First year of university

Situation :  Both of his parents died in his early
childhood. He lives in a very small cave, located in a totally remote area with
his grandparents who are in their 80s. Beside them, he has no family.

  • Name :  Hu Bo
  • Age :  17
  • Gender : Male
  • Grade :  First year of university

Situation :  His parents are both handicapped. As a
consequence, they do not have jobs and they live on a subsidy from the


  • Name :  Jin Zhijun
  • Age :  20
  • Gender : Male
  • Grade :  High School 3

Situation :  The family has a lot of debts due to a
resettlement policy (families are forces to leave their birthplace and must pay
in order to live in a new house, which is poorly constructed most of the time).
In order to earn money, the parents of Jin Zhijun work as migrant workers in
Inner Mongolia, far away from home.


  • Name :  Yang Qing
  • Age :  19
  • Gender :  Female
  • Grade :  1st year of university

Situation :  She had a very good score on the university entrance
exam, and will probably be able to get into one of the best schools in China.
As her parents are migrant workers and do not live at home, she has to take
care of her little brother when she is not at school.


The field mission of June was also the occasion
for the students of the French high school of Hong Kong to donate some school
supplies (such as books, bags, sport equipment or computers) to two needy
primary schools in Ningxia. Hera are some pictures of the donation:
Two primary schools benefited from the donation : Wangwan and Tuochang. The students of the French High School of Hong-Kong gave more than 500 school uniforms and school bags to the kid, buy enough books to fill the libraries of those schools, and also gave some sport equipments as well as a printer.


Jun 29, 2012

Postcard: Project site visit

Blandine and Heloise interviewing an applicant
Blandine and Heloise interviewing an applicant

Mari Seto is an In-The-Field Traveler with GlobalGiving who is visiting our partners’ projects throughout China. Her “Postcard” from the visit in Ningxia, located Northwest of China:

In June, Enfants du Ningxia makes field trips to Ningxia, to interview applicants who applied for scholarships from their foundation.  Out of 60 applicants who applied this year, 20 students will receive financial aid to help pay their tuition and living expenses.  Ten scholarships will be awarded to those who pursue college education, and the other ten will be awarded to primary school students.

Charlene and I were fortunate to accompany Blandine and Heloise from Enfants du Ningxia, who were there to interview the applicants, and Bai Juhua, the local project coordinator who organized the interviews.  We joined them in interviewing 15 students in small villages of Yuwang and Tongxin, located 3 hours from the capital of the prefecture.  The first thing that struck us was how far apart the students' houses were: to go around the village, motorcycles were an absolute necessity, and when motorcycles weren't an option, we walked for miles.  Blandine told us that some students walk two to three hours to go to school.  

Once we arrived at applicants' houses, we were greeted warmly by the student and the family members.  As the 30 minute interview progressed, we heard about many challenges that the families are facing: illness, heavy debt, family members moving away from home to work in factories, etc.  At the same time, we were impressed by students' enthusiasm to continue studying.  When asked what their aspirations for the future, many students answered teachers and doctors, although overwhelming majority of the boys answered policemen.

One of the students that we met greeted us with a "Hello!" which was a pleasant surprise for us.  She applied for the scholarship to go to college to study English literature.  Like many other students, her family also faces overwhelming challenges.  A family member suffers from mental illness and her mother has a lung infection, so her father has to stay home to take care of the family.  Her older sibling works in the city to send money home.  I can't help but hope that despite her challenges, her dream of pursuing a career as an English translator will become true one day.  

Now members of Enfants du Ningxia will go back to Beijing to make the difficult decision of who will receive financial aid.  We wish them luck for the decision making process, and hope to visit again soon!

Applicant's family greeting us
Enfants du Ningxia and the GlobalGiving team
Enfants du Ningxia and the GlobalGiving team
Jun 11, 2012

Preparing for our June 2012 field mission

Yearly donation of the French International School of Hong Kong and selection of new students

The French International School of Hong Kong has been a faithful partner for many years. Supervised by the educational team, the students there organize many events throughout the year in order to raise money for new school materials and the financing of several scholarships. 

Each year, students in their 5th year of secondary school go to Ningxia in order to allocate school materials to the schools that need it. This very special trip is an important moment in the association’s life. It is the occasion to reaffirm our partnership with the French International School, but also the perfect time to follow up on our students as many of them have taken the Gaokao exam at the beginning of June.

The students of the French International School will arrive on June 18 and will allocate school materials to Tuochang primary school, Wangwan primary school and Liumiao primary school. They will also have the opportunity to meet the families, share lunch with them or participate in the morning exercise with the students of Tuochang school. Furthermore, they will have the chance to learn more about Chinese history and culture by visiting Mao’s fort, ruins of the Haiyun’s earthquake or Liumiao’s Taoist temple. They will of course also go to the village of Ma Yan. 

After the students’ departure, the team of ‘Enfants du Ningxia’ will visit the families supported by the association for a routine check-up and the families who applied for a scholarship to select a few more students. Indeed, we are very proud to announce that thanks to your support, we will be able to help more children!

We are very much looking forward to this field mission which surely will be full of interesting moments. You will hear from us again as soon as we get back to Beijing.

See you soon!