"Dandelion Project" is a registered charity in Hong Kong. It was founded in 2013 by a group of local students who shared a common concern about education in rural China. Through voluntary teaching trips, family visits, and other activities, we hope to provide an opportunity for Chinese children to gain education outside the normal system, and also to allow Hong Kong tertiary education students to experience the culture and traditions of rural China.
We were founded on 27th January 2013 by a group students in Hong Kong tertiary education institutions. With previous experiences in voluntary teaching in China, we understand some of the problems and limited horizons for children growing up in rural China. In recent years the Chinese government have been attempting to improve the standards in schools outside the cities, but there is still a long way to go for village schools to reach the level of their urban counterparts. Economics also plays an important factor - after the nine years of compulsory education, many families simply cannot afford to continue to support their child in school, and so opportunities to enter the professions are closed off at an early stage. Further, a lack of role models means that children (and their parents) are often unaware of the opportunities available in wider society.
We therefore set up the “Dandelion Project” as a student start-up voluntary teaching non- profit organisation. We want to bring together like-minded tertiary students in Hong Kong to use our experience to give something back to society. Dandelion Project is intended to bring students from different backgrounds together through voluntary teaching, exhibitions, sharing sessions, and, like the dandelion itself, spread the seeds of knowledge, education and hope to children in rural China. By helping village students to understand the value of knowledge and education, we hope to provide them with the tools to make the most of their future.
27 JAN 2013, WE ARE FOUNDED.
SPREAD HOPE, SPREAD LOVE.
Encourage children in rural China to make the most of their education opportunities, escape poverty, and contribute to society;
Improve the teaching quality in rural schools in China to help village students acquire more knowledge and skills;
Allow the volunteers to experience the culture and traditions of village life in rural China, and to understand the actual conditions of life for the majority of people in China;
Create an environment in which village students and volunteers have fun through shared activities;
Encourage Hong Kong tertiary-education students to participate in voluntary charitable activities without financial barriers, and help them realise their potential to contribute most to society.
We believe the essence of Dandelion Project is to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. We want our volunteers’ positive characters and life stories to demonstrate to the children that they can achieve more in life than they thought possible.
Creativity x Activity
We want the students to experience more than just passive teaching, and so we develop creative, activity-based learning experiences. In addition to English, science, and other conventional subjects, we teach lessons such as leadership, performance and life education. Through and activity and group-based teaching methods, we encourage students to grow and to encourage diversity.
Dandelion is not limited to a single institution. Our activities are open to all post-secondary students in Hong Kong. The mix of different universities, different social backgrounds and different nationalities, means that volunteers have much to learn from each other, and have the chance to grow themselves whilst helping others to grow.
Everything Dandelion Project has achieved cannot have been without the hard work of its committee members. We officially registered as a charity in Hong Kong in the summer of 2015. We are organised into an Executive Board, and a committee covering “trip planning”, “internal” and “external” functions. We recruit new committee members in January and September.
We organise voluntary teaching trips for one to two weeks every summer and winter. Activities usually include teaching, family visit and sightseeing. We aim to bring happiness to village students and broaden the horizons of Hong Kong students.
We specially design a series of workshops before the trip: inviting guests to demonstrate teaching methods and encourage volunteers to learn from each other from class demo.
Dandelion Project actively participates in different exhibitions to share our aims with Hong Kong citizens. We also raise funds for village students in Rural China through charity sales.
HKU Service 100
Hong Kong Book Fair
Support on funds, venues and promotion.
ENTlaser Hearing & Speech Therapy Centre
Cooperation on promotion and education.
COMMISSION ON YOUTH
Support on funds.
Cooperation on promotion and products donation.
Heartfire Education Service
Cooperation on voluntary teaching trip.
Dandelion Project aims to improve education opportunities in rural China. We welcome partnership with any organisation with an interest in children’s education & health, and in teenager development. Dandelion is at a key stage in our development, and we urgently need funds, supplies, activities venues and manpower to help us advance this cause. If your institution would like to help us in any way, please get in touch. Thank you.
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