Today GoKunming traveled to a northern Kunming school with 15 volunteers. We spent the day giving art lessons to 400 elementary and middle school students while doctors and their assistants administered heart examinations.
Dexin Jiaoyu (德馨教育) provides free schooling for children of migrant parents who do not have official Kunming residential registration, or hukou (户口). Families without proper registration often have difficulties finding housing, healthcare or access to education once they move from their villages to the city.
Li Zhixiang (李志祥), a former Chinese national Sanda (散打) champion, founded Dexin Jiaoyu with children from families like these in mind.
The school has a computer lab with 20 new computers donated by the Kunming Chess Association and Standard Chartered Bank. Li believes Dexin Jiaoyu is the only wholly donation-based school in Yunnan.
China Cal was established by Dr Robert Detrano after a 2005 trip to Yunnan. The NGO has examined thousands of children around the province and identified 120 with life-threatening heart defects. These children have all been provided with free corrective surgeries.
Once a child with a heart defect is identified, China Cal doctors schedule more tests and then find funding for those children who need surgery. No children at Dexin Jiaoyu were found to have any serious heart issues.
The day's screenings and art projects were organized by Village Progress and China Cal. The two NGOs plan a larger joint effort of the same kind in Lincang in October of this year.
Images: Yereth Jansen