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					Kids Helping Kids! Kids Helping Kids!
Kids Fundraising to Kids Fundraising to Help Orphans in China Help Orphans in China

Sincerity and a Plan! Sincerity and a Plan!

Our Chinese Daughters Foundation

Kids Helping Kids in China
OCDF’s Yale intern, Tre Borden, began a project to help OCDF work with kids like YOU to create ways for you and your friends to help the children remaining in China’s orphanages and institutions. In the fall of 2005 we tested out some of the ideas with the Western Academy and BISS schools in Beijing and the children there were very successful in fundraising to help the Coal for Kids Project. While some of the children involved were adopted from China, all the children really rallied to make the projects a success and they where from all over the world! At BISS school, 8 year old Yuan Yuan Kelly stood before her entire elementary school to introduce herself. She basically said to her peers: “I am Yuan Yuan Kelly and I am adopted from China and while you may not know it, there are children just like me all over China who need your help.” Her mother, a first-grade teacher at the school, had prepared pieces of coal for each class and the challenge was for each classroom to see how much money for coal they could raise. Over a 3-week period the elementary school students raised $5,000 USD for coal for the Daming Orphanage (see photo at right) project and donated clothing for the Daming and Liming Orphanages. One teacher at the school was so moved by Yuan Yuan’s speech that he gave $500 personally. That’s all it takes, sincerity and a plan.

Help Kids be toasty warm during the day and at night!
Kids from all over the world have donated to support the Coal for Kids Project. Please help disabled orphans to stay warm in winter!

Found begging on the street with his grandfather, this boy received a miracle surgery to remove the tumor that was covering his eye. Funds given to OCDF paid for a portion of the surgery.

Create your activity to help kids in China!

Each class collected money and they calculated out how much coal it would buy ($100 US buys one ton of coal). The kids wholeheartedly participated. At the Western Academy of Beijing their 7th graders (105 kids) raised over $5,000 US and donated clothing to the two orphanages included in this year’s Coal for Kids efforts. Each class decided on their own way to raise money - one class sold hot chocolate during the lunch hour each day for a week, another class made and sold jewelry at a holiday bazaar, another class got their parents and the companies they work for to donate door prizes and they held a raffle/lucky draw (they acquired amazing donations for their fundraiser including a cell phone, a mountain bike, a cruise to Hong Kong, a famous art’s painting, and more!). It was not a competition, but a collaboration. They also had a loose change drive and bought new winter hats, gloves and socks for the kids who go to school from the two orphanages. This spring the middle schoolers will join OCDF for a weekend clean-up activity (teachers, students and parents) at the new orphanage project “Building on Dreams”. Getting kids to help from all over the globe is not difficult - they want to help and they feel rewarded by their efforts. You can too! At your school, church/temple, neighborhood, sports team, or club (girl scouts/boy scouts, 4H, OCA, FCC, etc.) it will not be difficult . Whether you are helping projects like “Coal for Kids” or “Building on Dreams” or it’s an activity to support surgeries for a child at an orphanage, support for children to attend school who are able to do so, orphanage care packages, or special needs assistance like wheelchairs or diapers YOU CAN DO IT! What it takes is sincerity and a plan.

OCDF Oprhan Support Info Sheet
Prepared by Dr. Jane Liedtke, CEO and Founder Our Chinese Daughters Foundation

Care for Orphan Children in China
Why is care for children a global issue?
• Throughout the world there are children who are unable to speak for themselves and ask for help when they need it. • These are children without parents or adult relatives to help them. • They live in institutions or orphanages and sometimes there is not enough money or support to give them the level of care they need. • Sometimes they are orphans, sometimes not.

Are there children in China who need help? Yes
• There are many children in orphanages and social welfare institutions in China. • There are also children in private group homes and foster care in serious condition and in need of help. • Some children live on the street as beggars with older persons who may not be their family members.

How does this happen to kids in China?
• Kids may live at a social welfare institute, orphanage, or foster care facility for many reasons: – Poverty – the family has too many children and can’t afford any more. – China’s One-Child Policy – most families are allowed only one child. Rural farm families can have two children if the first child is a girl. – Accident in the family causing the parents to not be available to raise the child(ren). – Traditional customs and preferences for boys to help on the family farm and carry on the family name. – Imprisonment of parents for wrong-doings. – Birth defect or physical disability may cause a family to fear they can’t care for their child. – AIDS – some children have lost their entire family to AIDS and now have to live in institutions.

Who cares for children in institutions?
Government – Ministry of Civil Affairs Private Chinese Non-Profit Organizations United Nations Projects Individual Projects Provincial and Local Civil Affairs International Organizations Church Projects Foreign Government Projects

How long do kids live there?
• Some children are adopted by the time they are 3 years of age. • For some children who are disabled, their stay is life-long. • Those children who were not adopted and are able to attend public school do so. • In some rare cases, children may go to college. • Usually at age 16 or 18 they leave the orphanage if they are well enough to do so.

What is international adoption?
• • • • Families living in foreign countries travel to China to adopt a baby, toddler or special needs child. Some families living in China also adopt children during their stay in China Chinese families also adopt). The child becomes a full family member and citizen of the country where the family is from. The foreign family is responsible for raising the child and loving it just like other children in the family.

Are there many orphanages in China?
• Government Social Welfare Institutions or Orphanages – 250+ with international adoption programs – 500+ that care for children but children are not adopted internationally from these locations • Private Facilities – 100+ throughout China

How many kids are we talking about?
• 850 institutions of various sizes - a conservative estimate. • Let’s imagine there are at least 50-100 children in each one. • Did you do the math? 42,500 – 85,000 children in need of homes but actually there are more! • Each year there are an estimated 800,000 to 1.2 million babies born with birth defects in China! • In some cities we know there are institutions with 200-500 children! So, the number is monumental! • Add to that the 100,000 children who lost their parents due to AIDS!

Visit for more information on OCDF’s Projects in China
China’s AIDS Orphans...
... surviving through an incomprehensible level of pain and suffering. ... loss of their parents, their homes, their relatives, their villages, their rights as people. ... now warehoused like cattle, many are HIV positive, MOST are NOT!

Our Chinese Daughters Foundation

OCDF Orphanage Care Packages enable you to donate items to an orphanage of your choice in China. Includes infant and toddler supplies, toys, mucial instruments, playground equipment, bikes, medical supplies, and more! School Sponsor Project enables you to sponsor a orphan child or a group of children in China to attend public school. It is possible to select the orphanage and request a child the same age as you are. You can buy them their annual backpack of school supplies too! OCDF’s Coal for Kids Project brings Coal to orphanages where infants and children (mostly disabled children in non-government orphanages) suffer from the cold in the winter. Coal for kids includes buying coal and in come cases new boilers for heat, blankets and warm bedding, winter clothing/hats/gloves, and meat should the children not be eating mean in winter because the orphanage is too poor. Building on Dreams is a volunteer project for kids, parents and teachers to help build and maintain through donations and annual project work a small local orphanage for disabled children in Hebei Province, China. The project includes the opportunity for weekend work teams and week-long work teams to perform community-service in China - plant the annual garden, build and maintain greenhouses, plant and maintain fruit trees, help create and maintain a small animal barnyard, perform interior and exterior maintenance, paint, play with children, teach the children songs, dance, and art projects. Volunteer China is a program for one to two-day volunteer programs as well as week-long or twoweek programs. OCDF helps to place groups and individual families in appropriate volunteer sites.

About 100,000 children became orphans in China because their parents died of AIDS. They have no relatives to care for them and the other villagers are afraid to help them, fearing they too will get AIDS. Some of the children are healthy, others are not. This project sends funds to Henan Province in support of medications and schooling for these children.

To learn more about helping with orphan support projects and contributing to them. Email:

Coal for Kids
Our Chinese Daughters Foundation

When children can’t speak for themselves, we all need to help them!

To learn more about volunteering through OCDF . . . Families, Individuals, Groups: or Call 011-8610-64079687 Groups - School and Church: Call 425-749-8023 Individuals or Groups Community, University, & Business/Industry:

OCDF is a non-profit, 501c3 organization founded in 1995 by Dr. Jane Liedtke and registered in the State of Illinois, USA (with offices in the US and Beijing, China). As such, your contributions for Orphanage Care Packages, School Sponsorships, Coal for Kids, China’s AIDS Orphans, and Building on Dreams Volunteer Projects are tax deductible in the US. For more information about charitable giving see for information. Obtain our Donations Flier and ask your Mom and Dad if they work for a Matching Gift Company. Thank you!

Sincerity and a Plan!
Maybe you are best at creating something that can be sold - artwork, cookies/candy at a bake -sale, or crafts. Perhaps you have friends/neighbors with stuffed garages that would host a Garage Sale to benefit an orphan support project. Determining what you are good at is great but also consider projects and activities that help you gather support from your friends/neighbors/relatives. It’s a very good feeling to give to an orphanage and create a successful project to do so.

How to Plan? Things to Consider:
1. Consider what the project or goal will be - sit down and list possibilities. 2. Check out the time commitment for each possibility - which will be easier or harder to do. 3. Consider the “I love it” “I like it” “It’s ok” “Well, maybe” factors - which ideas really catch your child’s interest and enthusiasm? 4. How about costs or hidden costs? Will you have to buy things to sell or supplies? What will it cost to start-up the project and how much of the fundraising you take in will reimburse you for the supplies - or are you going to donate those to the activity. 5. Are there other people who need to be included in the planning - a classroom teacher, a coach, the school principal or school board, a group leader or instructor, neighborhood families, clergy, etc. Plan this into the process and be prepared to make a presentation. 6. Set up the step by step process. 7. Prepare promotional information and materials - will you be going door to door and need handouts? Will you need signs or handouts for a sale/event at school, church or even the local grocery store? Create information that will help answer difficult questions that you might be asked. Imagine a person asks you questions about orphans in China. Use the tools on page 4 as answers to FAQs that may be relevant to the project so you aren’t put on the spot or made to feel uncomfortable. Also, realize that this is part of growing up - handing strange questions. 8. Consider any permits or local regulations about solicitation, raffles, etc. Doing some “homework” can help your child navigate local roadblocks. 9. Remember that neighbors and relatives love to be supportive but if you are constantly selling holiday gift wrap, candy, and other things sent home from school or cookies for girl scouts, you may wish to pick a time of year when they aren’t overloaded with fundraising requests. 10. Consider talking with the school or church/temple to have the theme or project adopted for the year or season by more than one class/grade so that you have more parents who may be able to assist you and more children to engage in the fundraising. 11. Consider your personality and responsibility level. Take on a project that you can be successful with for your age. 12. Determine a time-line with milestones that help you see your progress and retain focused - check lists, built-in rewards, etc. Know when enough is enough! Perhaps sponsoring 1-2 children your age from the orphanage is sufficient enough for a first grade class. Perhaps a middle school can support an entire orphanage to attend school! For example, my daughter has a same-age pen pal from her orphanage and we provide her annual tuition and backpack/school supplies. That cost us around $150.00. Meanwhile she convinced her grandmother to support 11 kids to go to school from a non-government institution and that only cost Grandmom $600.00 to do. Grandmom actually donated $1,000 but in the end the balance could be used for other needs of the kids. Big impacts can be made even with small donations. And, the goal is to help you feel like you are making a difference - helping kids in China. When my daughter’s 7th grade was so supportive of Coal for Kids, she was really excited. She’s new to the school and the support the other kids gave to the project really helped her feel like she was welcome there. Given they bought 50 tons of coal , enough for an entire year of heating for one institution, she has something to be proud of.

Types of Fundraising Activities:
1. Soliciting Money and Donations Directly This type of fundraising consists of asking for donations of money of any size. In order for this type of fundraiser to work, you often have to solicit only from people you know or those having a very compelling reason to support your fundraiser (other adoptive families, neighbors, friends, classmates, businesses your family frequents, service providers your Tips on asking a business for money: family utilizes, etc.). 1. Ask a local business to give you a percentage of their earnings for 1 day. For example - the income from ice Examples of this kind of fundraising: cream cones sold on Sunday at a MacDonalds or the Door to door soliciting income from people who buy moving boxes at the UPledge drives Haul on Saturday or income from having keys made at Neighborhood collections the hardware store for a month, or 10% of sales for the day, etc. Be creative! Think about: local dry cleaners Related to this type of fundraising: (shirts), Chinese restaurant (egg rolls), car lube shop (oil UNICEF Halloween boxes changes), etc. No business is too small or too large to Collections at highways or intersections help you! 2. Gift wrap at a book store on a weekend (such as Barnes How to make soliciting money/donations work? and Noble or Border’s Books where they provide the The UNICEF-style collection box is a great way to start paper and you provide the labor). Place a collection box - making a decorated box that is taken door to door by you by the gift wrap table and donations go to your project. and your teammates or classmates, is a great way to take 3. Ask a company for something you can sell as a away some of the shyness of asking for money. A consistent fundraiser - like a candy company, your local beverage image/emblem on the box helps. Using oatmeal containers distributor (like Coca Cola Co. or Pepsi Co.), a farmer’s or Pringles chip cans work well for this. Decorating the pumpkins, or hot dogs and rolls from the grocery store. container with pictures of children in China, hong bao, or 4. Remember when asking directly for money from a anything that makes the collection container look appealing company to “go to the top” and ask a manager or person and Chinese. This could be done at any time of the year with decision-making ability and set the stage - tell the though Chinese New Year and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival story about kids in China then ask for a specific amount are great times when people are more attuned to China. of money and politely wait for the answer. There’s no need to talk further. The next person to speak will “give something up”. So let the business person speak! They 2. A Sale of Merchandise, Foods or Products will give you something toward your project for sure. This type of fundraiser involves selling things that are either made or purchased and resold at a higher price. Examples of this kind of fundraising? Candy sales Bake sales Magazine subscription sales Selling crafts Selling gift wrap Chinese dumpling sale Pumpkin stand An EASY Fundraiser - The Cakeless Bake Sale A “Cakeless Bake Sale” helps working Moms and Dads who are too busy to bake items for a regular bake sale. Instead of asking classmates’ parents to bake, give them an envelop with a note asking them to place into the envelope the amount of money they would have spent on making the cake, cookies or brownies as well as the value of their time. In this way everyone saves time and everyone can participate. Collect the envelopes on a certain day and your event is complete. Announce the total to your class and decide how you will donate the money.

How to make selling merchandise work? OCDF China for Children catalog items can be ordered from 309-830-0983 on consignment for such sales and the seller earns 10% of the sale price of the items as long as the money is going to a China-related charity. The advantage is that any unsold merchandise is returned and the process can have a finite timeline. Another way is to order an inexpensive item - say a pearl bracelet ordered at bulk with a 10-20% discount based on volume. Then select what price to sell it for and sell either door to door, at a bazaar or event, through orders/fliers, etc. In this way, the sold merchandise creates a “profit” that goes to the fundraiser as its income but the unsold merchandise is held in inventory or needs to be sold at some future time.

3. A Sale of a Service Kids are able to help other people and can fundraise doing basic chores or services. Examples of this kind of fundraising? Pet walking Lawn mowing Car washes Painting fences (or house numbers on the curb) Babysitting Modeling

Create some cool artwork to decorate the orphanages and send to OCDF!

How to make selling a service work? First, determining what service is feasible is the key and the second is advertising/marketing the service. Then determine what to charge for the service and how many children/friends/adults will be needed to provide the service. If it’s something like a car-wash then setting up the location, getting the supplies, having volunteers, and conducting the event could be accomplished in a short period of time. However, lawn-moving service might last the entire summer with the total money collected and raised available at the end of a longer period of time. 4. Effort-linked Pledges This type of fundraiser is where the amount of money given isn’t specified initially, but is instead linked with how well the child does on a given task. This system encourages the child to do as well as possible, because the better their performance the more money they will be able to raise. Usually the effort is linked to some kind of special activity like a sport or a measurable goal. Example of this type of fundraising: Walk-A-Thon (distance accomplished in a period of time) Read-A-Thon (number of books read in a period of time) Swim-A-Thon (number of laps) Bike-A-Thon (distance accomplished in a priod of time) These could be specialized to fit China – Lao She’s Read-A-Thon or Yao Ming’s Hoops For Kids or Li Ning’s Gymnastic Flips, Lang Lang’s Piano Play-Off, or similar. How to make effort-linked pledges work? Consider that you will need to determine the level of effort kids at your age can handle. What is realistic? What will motivate friends to do it and motivate others to support the event? It should be challenging enough to get people involved willingly. Perhaps a Chinese Carnival or Mini-Olympics where various kids in a class would be performing ____A-Thons for pledges - how many push-ups, making dumplings, etc.

Sponsor a girl or boy in China to attend public school through OCDF!

Team up with a friend and have fun with your projects!

5. Events This type of fundraiser might be a dinner, a dance, a concert or performance where tickets would be sold and hopefully the meal or venue or artist/musician would donate their time/talent and costs so that the proceeds from the ticket-sales become the fundraising income. Talks by famous authors of China-related kids books or adoption authors is one option. Sports stars or inspirational speakers are yet another option. Day trip or weekend trip to someplace special as a fundraiser. Examples of this type of fundraising: Concert Fashion show Babysitter training School dance Lecture/talk about China Carnival or Fun Fair or Temple Fair at Chinese New Year

How to make events work? Events require a team of people to make them happen, people selected or volunteers with a range of skill sets and interests. A lot of sponsorship or donations are typically needed to get the promotional materials, venue, artist/musician, etc. in place to host the event. Still, events draw large numbers of people together and make it possible for the word to really “get out’ about the cause. Events require a longer time to plan and more organization/planning to execute well. Finding parents who can help or selecting events that an age-range of kids are capable of managing themselves is key to success. 6. Sponsor a Volunteer Trip to China Fundraising can include asking friends/family, businesses, and other supporters to sponsor a trip to China for the purpose of volunteering at an orphanage. This can include a group of kids, parents, teachers, and community members. The cost for a week-long volunteer experience can be as low as $400 per person plus international airfare from your location ($400-800.00 per person) or higher with sightseeing as part of the program. This experience allows kids to help first-hand and they can do a wide variety of things to be of great value at orphan care facilities. OCDF creates kid-friendly and safe environments in which to help children. Projects are available for each season (Winter-break, Spring-break, Summer vacation, Fall-Thanksgiving week). When groups are 16+ in size, the group leader’s in-China program is at no cost. Examples of things you would do as a volunteer at an orphanage: Spring/Fall grounds clean-up and garden preparation or green-house work Install or do maintenance on playground equipment Create and paint murals (interior and exterior) Building a small barn and preparing for small farm animals or pets Sorting and selecting clothing and labeling for each child Giving physical therapy to disabled kids Play with children or do arts/crafts Teach children games, songs Plant trees and landscape Installing new curtains and bedding Measuring and weighing children

How to create a volunteer experience? Visit and for more information about projects and options. Work teams that volunteer need to be flexible and willing to do what the orphanage needs to accomplish during your visit. Ask OCDF to help you plan your program - volunteer time, travel/sightseeing, etc. Our staff of volunteer specialists and travel planners can assist you. If you need help or ideas - see Coal for Kids - Building on Dreams - Volunteer China - (programs) Contact: Telephone: 011-8610-6407-9687 Orphanage Care Packages - School Sponsorships - Travel - or call 425-749-8023

Our Chinese Daughters Foundation is a US non-profit, 501c3 organization. As such, donations make in support of your fundraising activities (from individuals and businesses), cost of supplies and materials associated with fundraising, volunteer in China costs, and contribution of things to OCDF for the purpose of giving to orphans in China through OCDF are tax deductible. OCDF’s FEDERAL TAX ID # is 37-1356209
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