Education for children is one of the largest concerns for families in China – success in school can determine the future for the entire family. Supplemental programs are often sought out to assist kids through trouble spots or provide more and better experiences. Adults also look for English opportunities for themselves. Through our educational programs, Evergreen strives to come alongside families and support them in this need by providing opportunities to grow and improve academically, as well as in life skills and character.
Evergreen’s educational programs fall into the following categories:
Learning English is a critical skill for Chinese children, as this allows opportunities for higher education and better jobs. However, lack of exposure to native English speakers leaves them unable to perform necessary oral English tasks. Evergreen’s camp programs are adventure-based and interactive, utilizing outdoor and sports activities as well as classroom learning to allow each child to grow in English, social, and leadership skills.
During school holidays, Evergreen offers day camps through our community centers that last from several days to a couple of weeks, as well as a week-long overnight camp experience at our Joy in the Journey Camp (JJ Camp) in Yangqu.
Interested in joining us for camp? Please contact our International Office for more information.
Update on RED / Yangqu Community Center
For over 15 years, Evergreen served hundreds of people of all ages six days a week through our Regional Educational Development (RED) Project in Yangqu. Our Community Center provided a library, family services, English classes, other educational activities and resources, social events, opportunities for volunteerism, and social work services for children and adults. To adapt to local changes, RED has now legally separated from Evergreen and continues to provide many of the services as before, though they function under a new name as a local non-profit organization.
For more information about Evergreen’s work of encouraging local non-profit organizations, click here.
The Scholarship Project
In 2000, the Scholarship Project began as a part of the Regional Educational Development (RED) Project, to help poor farming families in rural Shanxi keep their children in elementary school. At the time, school fees made it impossible for poor children to afford school. Schools have become much more affordable (thanks to some government initiatives), so the focus shifted to high school and college students from these same poor rural areas. Yearly tuition fees are around 1,500 RMB (approximately US $225) and college students also have monthly living expenses of 400 RMB (US $60). These expenses are extremely difficult for most poor families to bear. Each year, we helped pay tuition for approximately 25 high school students, and also provided interest-free loans for 10 college students.