Working with the Lixin Charity Association (a fully registered NGO) and the local Lixin hospital, and with the full support of the local government, Birtish Chamber along with members have scoped the whole project with the clear aim of member engagement throughout. Using medical equipment provided by the Chamber, the eye testing were conducted by ophthalmic technicians who visited the schools on behalf of the Chamber. There are 290 primary schools in Lixin County each having approximately 300 students, of which approximately 10% will require prescription glasses. The glasses (including lenses, frames and a protective case) will last for at least two years and each child will be supplied an extra pair to allow for breakages and loss.
China Centre representatives conducted group activities with preschoolers as well as reached out to students with disabilities and provided them with additional tutoring. During the visit, toys and books have been supplied to the students. For those with impaired vision, eye-testing were arranged. Representatives were also involved in this activity to help setting up tests.
This was the first time China Centre was involved in this particular project. It has been an honour to support this collective initiative with a purpose to help children from underprivileged backgrounds.