Since 2013, SCIS has been a committed long-standing partner of Heart to Heart, a non-profit charity which provides corrective surgery for children from all over China with congenital heart defects (CHD).

Families of these children often bring in a combined household income of just ¥ 3000 – 6000 RMB per year, making the ¥30,000 RMB price tag of a single heart surgery a near impossible feat.

Through its continued support, our SCIS community has been able to sponsor over 25 surgeries since our first ever fundraising initiatives. Last year, on top of the ¥ 158,000 RMB that was raised during our week-long fundraising efforts, a further ¥ 90,000 RMB was raised during our annual Art Auction at the Hongqiao ECE campus. Enough to sponsor eight life-saving surgeries all-together!

Earlier this month, Haley van Os, SCIS parent and member of the PAFA committee, along with two other PAFA members took a trip to Yodak Hospital, where recent patients are kept for a week-long recovery period. There she stopped by to say hi to one of our most recent sponsored children in recovery, Wang Yi Bo, a six-year-old boy from Shandong province.

Upon meeting Yi Bo and his family, it was discovered that his twin brother, Wang Yi Sheng, was also recently diagnosed with CHD and would require corrective surgery. “The whole family, including the father and both grandparents, have traveled 13 hours by train just to get to Shanghai” comments Haley, “we knew we had to be the ones who sponsored both of the twins and ensure the family was looked after”.

“The family was extremely happy!” she adds, “We even purchased a basket of fruits for them to enjoy and the brother was amazed that there was dragon fruit, which happened to be his favorite fruit!”

The twin brother, who most recently went under the knife, is now expecting to recover fully and SCIS plans to visit him next week. We will be sure to bring a lot more dragon-fruit this time!