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Apples from BCIS Given to the Needy

December, 2009
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If you happened to be in Beijing City International School (BCIS) on November 30, you would be amazed to see Grade 5 students unpacking thousands of apples and shipping them to different classrooms. This is just another charity endeavor that BCIS students have taken to help the "Children of Madaifu".bcis-apple-2s

The “Children of Madaifu” is a non-profit association founded in 1999 and registered in Paris, with its goal to aid orphans and abandoned children in the poor countryside. The association takes care of 80 children in the Hubei, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. In the countryside, when a child looses his or her parents and has nowhere to go, he or she is often taken in by grandparents or by an uncle. It is very difficult for these farmers to take in one or more additional children as they live off roughly 15 Euros a month. By providing financial aid, the association makes it possible for the child to stay with the family and in their home village. 

This year BCIS students decided to get involved in this charitable organization. Apples are picked in the borders of Shaanxi-Gansu, where most of the children supported by the association live. The apples are Fuji apples, the most common type in China. They are called Christmas Apples because the sale usually takes place in the first or second week of December, before Christmas.

The school sold 1200 apples and raised 6000 RMB. The money collected will help support 6 children. The 5th grade class organized and distributed the apples to the students who chose to participate in the elementary school. The Upper School participated as well. 

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