Shanghai Sunrise, a local non-profit charity established in 1995, is looking for board members and volunteers. Shanghai Sunrise aims to help remove Shanghai families from the poverty cycle by providing education scholarships for disadvantaged students. Despite China’s compulsory education law stating that no tuition fees will be charged for nine years of education, the reality facing many families in Shanghai and throughout China that this does not cover tuition fees for high school. Often, the extra costs incurred when sending a student onto high school and university can present overwhelming difficulties for families living below Shanghai’s poverty line. In situations like this, Shanghai Sunrise provides assistance so a student can reach their potential.
Shanghai Sunrise is predominantly guided by expatriates living in Shanghai. Due to the transitory nature of expatriate life, Shanghai Sunrise occasionally seeks committed volunteers to fill certain board positions vacated by repatriation. Because of this reason, Shanghai Sunrise is currently looking for volunteers to fill certain leadership positions that will open during the coming year.
Over the past 11 years, Shanghai Sunrise has collaborated with local communities to arrange education sponsorships for more than 1,200 disadvantaged students from the Shanghai region, as well as providing libraries for selected schools around Shanghai. Currently they sponsor more than 700 students in the Shanghai region, with the majority being students entering high school outside the standard 6+3 year government support system.
Shanghai Sunrise is also looking for new sponsors. Sponsors provide educational costs and are given the chance to meet their students at events organised by Shanghai Sunrise.
If any of this interests you, please contact Shanghai Sunrise directly.
Photograph provided by Shanghai Sunrise.