Aug 25, 2009

Clean Water in Hospitals update

Apologies for any confusion with the previous post, which was intended to give a general overview of our current progress in China.

Presently, A Child's Right is working with the China Association of Social Workers, a sub-branch of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, to locate appropriate sites for our Clean Water for Hospitals project with Global Giving.

After compilation of at least 10 sites, we work with our China staff and the national government to test the water, inspect the sites, work with their administration and with the local government to ensure these sites are 1) in need of clean water 2) provide pediatric care for children as their primary mission 3) will provide the water free of charge to the children under their care and 4) have the necessary infrastructural items needed to effectively run our water systems (water pressure and electricity).

Our primary operations in China presently consist of more than 150 clean water installations per year in China’s orphanages. Late 2009 and early 2010 will see us expanding our reach to assist both hospitals and poor schools through provision sof clean and safe water. We have worked in the largest pediatric hospitals in both Nepal and Cambodia, but the Global Giving project will be our first in to large hospitals in China. We look forward to this partnership and any questions from potential supporters.

Aug 6, 2009

Clean Water for Children's Hospitals in China

As a natural extension of ACR's Clean Water for Children's Hospitals in China, we are developing the scope of this project to include schools for special needs children, particularly those with mental or physical medical issues.

"Special needs" are often defined by what a child CAN'T do, so part of the work of these schools is to foster understanding of what these children CAN do - that mentally handicapped children are young people of self-respect and value, who are in turn due respect, love and acceptance.

Special needs children - particularly those with medical issues - are as vulnerable to water-related illnesses and serious conditions as children admitted to hospitals, and with futures that are every bit as uncertain. For now, ACR's choice with these particular children is to focus on how we can help in the present. Please join us in bringing clean, safe drinking water to aid the healthy development of special needs children in China.

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