To say Xiersen Children Service Center was busy this past year is an understatement. Founded at the end of 2014, Xiersen focuses on revolutionizing the way special education services are provided in China by utilizing a variety of different resources in the community. We have been mobilizing community partners, recruiting volunteers, and initiating new projects since we unveiled our famous AWare sleeves in January 2016.
The idea behind the AWare project came from Nikki Lindgren, Xiersen’s General Manager. In China, children with autism are also called ‘children of the stars’ because depending on the severity, they can at times seem to live in a different world. AWare’s yellow and navy blue colored-sleeves represent the many stars (and children) in the night sky.
Worn at schools, community events, and by volunteers, their purpose is to connect people and create social awareness. Proceeds from the sleeves, sponsored by Redmond Yeung, Vice Chair of Gap Greater China, support Xiersen’s core initiative: teacher and parent education.
For our latest partnership activity, Xiersen assisted Gap and the Pudong Special Education School to create a memorable day for families with children with special needs. “Gap did a wonderful job hosting over 100 children from the Pudong Special Education School”, says Chairman of Xiersen, Andrew Hill.
During the day, children played games such as tug-of-war, led by enthusiastic Gap employees excited to host their new friends. Gap cut one of their large banners into small sections, passing pieces out to each child to paint. At the end of the day, they were pieced back together to create a unique banner from the imaginations of the children.
“This event was very powerful because it gave the children and the Gap staff the chance to share time and conversation while they did fun activities,” says Nikki Lindgren. “I am sure everyone left with a desire to spend more time together and continue the mission of including everyone from the community in our lives.”
We are planning our next big AWare event for this coming spring. Stay tuned for more about how we are helping others and raising awareness.
Click here for more information about the Xiersen and ELG partnership.