CRRS Toronto Chapter

 

The Culture Regeneration Research Society (CRRS) was founded in 1994 by Dr. In-sing Leung and was endorsed by the late Honourable Dr. David C. Lam, former Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of British Columbia. The CRRS was registered as a charitable organization in Canada with its headquarter located in Vancouver. The mission of the Society is to promote educational and cultural reforms in China through literary exchanges. It supports social and cultural improvements through education especially for children who live in the rural areas.

The CRRS Toronto Chapter was established in 2003. In September of that year, the Toronto Chapter launched its first annual “China Passion – The Growing Seeds Project” Fundraising Gala. It became the first step of supporting the Guangxi Educational Projects.

Each year, CRRS Toronto Chapter has used the raised funds(excluding some minor expenses) to support the "Basic Education Program" providing assistance to finance education expenses for the students from the rural areas. These areas include the eight poorest counties in Guangxi: Ziyuan, Longsheng, Rongshui, Gongcheng, Luocheng, Du’an, Tiandong and Sanjiang. Over the years, the number of students who received supports grows as the donations increase.

Currently, CRRS Toronto Chapter is focusing on the following 5 projects:

1. Student Sponsorship Project

This basic program provides financial support for under privileged children to receive education. Although there is a 9-year mandatory free education system in China, poverty prevents many children from attending primary and secondary school. A lot of families in the remote rural villages where there no local school have no financial means to send their children to attend school in town because they cannot pay for the costs of textbooks and room and board. These less fortunate children often miss the opportunity of an education. The Student Sponsorship Project (which include primary, secondary and vocational education) was designed to offer basic schooling and to improve the quality of education for children from rural areas.

2. University Student Sponsorship Project

As of 2006, CRRS Toronto Chapter started to provide financial assistance to post-secondary students to pay for their first year’s educational expenses. It allows students to have a good start working towards achieving a higher education. After supporting them for a year, students will be expected to finance their university/college education by getting part-time jobs, summer jobs and / or some scholarships.

3. Building and Repairing Schools

Financial support was given to build new schools and school facilities, and to repair / renovate existing schools.

4. Focal Project

In 2007, the Toronto Chapter established a focal pilot project which provides various modernized facilities at ‘Rongshui Second High School’. In 2011, the project has developed a computer laboratory, a language laboratory and a digital library. The Resource Centre now offers modern technologies to the surrounding rural regions which enriches children’s education.

5. “Project Shine”

Since the summer of 2008, “Project Shine” has been organizing self-funded trips for Canadian youth to teach English in the rural villages of Guangxi. These ‘cultural exchange’ trips give the Canadian youth an opportunity to experience a deeper sense about life. The project also stimulates young people to care for and to serve the underprivileged.

CRRS Toronto Chapter supports education for the younger generation and provides opportunities for under-privileged children to attend school so that they can get a brighter future for themselves and their family. CRRS members and volunteers pay self-funded trips to China to visit the students. They continue to care for these students by communicating with them through letters and emails. Through relentlessly efforts, CRRS members set great example for these students to pass on the spirit of LOVE.

Looking Ahead

We wish to:

  1. Support more students in the existing 8 counties in Guangxi and additional counties.
  2. Build more schools and repair more existing school buildings and facilities.
  3. Develop Multi-purpose Resource Centres in more schools in different regions.
  4. Organize and recruit volunteers who are experienced in educational / teaching and professional fields to provide summer training sessions for high school or vocation school students and teachers in Guangxi.
  5. Encourage more young people to participate in the “Project Shine” program so that they will experience life in China and will have an opportunity to learn and to influence others.

The Blessing of Giving 

Members of the CRRS Toronto Chapter are volunteers. For years, many members have gone on self-funded trips to visit the students, their families and the schools in Guangxi. While there, our members invested valuable time in offering counseling and English training for the students.

In addition to financial assistance, our members establish close contact with the students and the teachers to provide them with ongoing encouragement. This helps the CRRS Toronto members to understand their struggles and needs, and tailor ongoing assistance.

Love Never Fails

The CRRS Toronto Chapter believes that this power of love will continue to grow – to help many who need assistance and to bring hope and encouragement to everyone.

Reflection 

“There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and the needy in your land.” - Deuteronomy 15:11