The recent annual awards ceremony of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) honored many charitable individuals and, at the same time, uncovered touching stories about philanthropic efforts to help women and children.
Among such efforts, those from the Spring Bud Project and Health Express for Mothers Project, affiliated to the China Children and Teenagers' Foundation (CCTF) and China Women's Development Foundation (CWDF) respectively, were regarded as two of the most eye-catching initiatives, respectively.
Together, the two funds have raised around 2.2 billion yuan (U.S.$ 318 million) through a series of charity projects, benefiting over 27 million individuals countrywide.
Other relevant programs also featured at the event include Water Cellar for Mothers and Children's Happy Homes.
Hu Liang: Spring Bud Project Assists People Through Hardships
Radio host Hu Liang recalled that she was one of the many young girls who benefited from the women and children's fund in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province 20 years ago.
"I was grateful for the fund that lent strong support to me at the time. Philanthropists helped me forget the dismay at my youth and inspired me to achieve later success in my career," Hu said.
"Therefore, I am determined to pass on such benevolence, and assist as many as I can," Hu added.
Health Express for Mothers Project Rescues Pregnant Women in Emergencies
In a typical case earlier this year, a pregnant woman in northwest China's Qinghai Province had difficulty giving birth at a township clinic.
In order to provide emergency care for the patient, local medical staff immediately called the hotline of the Health Express for Mothers Project, who used their specially-equipped vehicle to transfer the woman to a city hospital with better equipment and senior midwives.
"The baby and I were so lucky to survive such an emergency," said the woman to staff.
Blue Sky Spring Bud Project in Ethnic W China Regions
ACWF gave one of its latest charitable group awards to the People's Liberation Army Air Force, in recognition of its sponsored charity program in ethnic regions.
In particular, soldiers have been supporting children since 1994 in southwest China's Tibet and northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous regions through the project Blue Sky Spring Bud.
So far, the project has established 21 schools and launched a total of 218 classes across the regions, according to reports.
Such initiatives have supported over 18,000 underprivileged girls to finish school and improved around 40,000 youngsters' health conditions, figures show.
An ethnic Tibetan woman named Qimiwangmu was one of the first girls to benefit from the scheme. Nowadays, she is an Air Force officer in the local city of Lhasa.
Awarded Media Individual
Among awarded individuals from the news industry, a senior female editor named Liu Sheng received the prize after she spent 12 years writing on women and children's topics.
"It is a great honor for me to receive the award from the ACWF. I will contribute more efforts in reporting stories about Chinese women, children and the federation," said Liu, who is currently working at China Youth Daily.
(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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