Model Foundation 2016 Partner Organizations
Bridging Education and Mobility (BEAM) is an early-stage organization committed to improving rural Chinese education outcomes by driving teacher effectiveness. The organization operates a mobile platform to deliver project-based learning experiences and has a vision to target the China’s 3.3 million rural teachers to better equip them at both the classroom and systemic level to shape effective processes for student learning.
Education in Sight is a non-profit organization whose vision is a world where no student has their academic potential limited by lack of access to corrected vision. The organization aims to deliver a pair of glasses to every student with nearsightedness in Yunnan – an estimated 1,000,000 students – by the summer of 2018. Education in Sight addresses the problem of poor vision in three ways: access, affordability and attitude. It brings local eye doctors directly to schools to perform exams and deliver eyeglasses. The organization also provides low-cost glasses to students at no charge. Lastly, it trains teachers to promote a positive culture and ensure students continue to wear glasses in the long-term. With a pair of eyeglasses, a student with poor vision can see academic performance jump by the equivalent of an entire extra year of school.
Hua Dan Limited is a Hong Kong-registered charity dedicated to using the power of participation in theater workshops as a tool for individual and community transformation. Through such workshops, Hua Dan assists migrant workers and their children in Mainland China, who are either migrants themselves or left-behind to stay with family. Hua Dan seeks to achieve this through three main goals: personal leadership, relationships and participatory arts.
In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In encouraged women to “lean in” to their ambitions. Lean In China is the platform for this message in China. Its mission is to empower Chinese women to pursue their goals and aspirations. Lean in China seeks to actively build communities for women to thrive across China, promoting a culture of mentorship, leadership and mutual support. At present, there are sixteen cities and 40 universities that have established Lean In China communities.
ReBag is a social enterprise and creative brand that discovers and integrates different elements of fabric, techniques and accessories across cultures and regions. ReBag aims to tell the stories behind the accessories, including the material, the techniques and the people who create these products. ReBag started as a clothes refashioning company with jobs of dignity and moved on to become a creative design brand which believes that sharing the stories of people and culture underlying our accessories products brings inspiration and empowerment.
Smart Air is a social enterprise that promotes DIY air purifiers as a low-cost solution to indoor particulate air pollution in China. Smart Air provides open-source test data and hosts workshops across Asia to teach people how to make DIY air purifiers. Founded in China, Smart Air also ships low-cost purifiers to people in India, Mongolia and other countries across Asia.
WaterCool is a social enterprise owned by China’s very first water fund-Shanshui Trust, which successfully integrates multiple social resources, including farmers, financial institutions, NPOs and downstream firms of agricultural production chain, to formulate an interactive, collaborative and shared prospect. “WaterCool” achieves conservation goals by improving water quality and eliminating man-made pollution within the catchment area. At the same time, “WaterCool” creates a unique mechanism for sustainable funding and achieves collaborative development by establishing profitable eco-agriculture and eco-tourism based on well-preserved ecosystems. Profit generated by those eco-friendly businesses will be reinvested into conservation purpose, such as expansion of protected area and ecological restoration work on those areas.
Xixi Garden, founded in August 2015, aims to popularize “Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)” in schools and communities where migrant children study and live in China. Xixi Garden’s objective is to empower migrant children with necessary knowledge, skills, and values to make responsible choices in their sexuality and social relations. Xixi Garden provides textbooks and training for professional and volunteer teachers for schools with large populations of migrant children. At the same time, Xixi Garden organizes seminars and parent-child activities in migrant workers’ communities.
The China Youth Climate Action Network (CYCAN) is the first Chinese nonprofit organization for youth action in the field of climate change. CYCAN was jointly established by seven youth organizations in August 2007. Based in Beijing, CYCAN’s mission is to inspire and guide young people to grasp the opportunities in China and tackle the challenges of climate change and the transition to a sustainable, low carbon future. CYCAN has created a “Green Collars for the Climate” scheme that engages and supports youths to enter green industries. This scheme includes four components: students will engage in energy conservation on campus, participate in the International Youth Energy and Climate Change Summit, represent the China Youth delegation to attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP), and upon completion of the first three tasks, gain access to jobs and internships in green industries through CYCAN’s Green Collar Factory program. Since CYCAN was established, more than 300 colleges and universities and 10,000 students have participated in activities organized or sponsored by CYCAN.