17 Oct 2019

Baiwan

Baiwan is an isolated community in the northern part of Guangdong province. It is 90km away from the nearest city Qing Yuan.

Since the closure of the cement factory, agriculture is the main source of income; farming poor rocky soil for ever declining yields. As a result, many adults of working age have been forced to move to the city, leaving behind a population of children and the elderly.

Thanks to the drive and vision of a member of the teaching staff, we have been working in Baiwan since 1998 offering the communities’ children English lessons. Starting out with an annual community service visit for Quest Week, this has expanded to include fundraising, a Summer trip and other return visits from current and former students.

Island School needs your support to continue it projects.

  • Classroom maintenance and covered walkways.
  • School meals to help provide a balanced diet and a healthier community.
  • Provision of computers and other materials.
  • Grants to allow students access to secondary and tertiary education.

“I suddenly realised how much I took everything for granted. They sacrifice so much for their education, but their education still lacked so much.” an Island School student.