As you may know we work closely with Clifford Chance to help them find the brightest students and graduates, and they will also be at our Bright Festival. Here, they explain the impact their 'I CARE' initiative is having in Shanghai...
In Shanghai, tens of thousands of children from migrant families live rootless lives, excluded from good schools and with little opportunity to prosper.
Through the 'I CARE' initiative, Clifford Chance volunteers are helping give the young people a better chance by supporting projects that provide some of the city's 400,000 migrant school children with access to educational opportunities – and a way to develop meaningful relationships with caring adults outside their families.
Colleagues from the Shanghai office recently took part in an art project alongside volunteers from global healthcare and pharmaceutical company Abbott, a Clifford Chance client.
Organised by HandsOn Shanghai – a charity that identifies the needs of local NGOs and organises flexible volunteer programmes for busy professionals – the event brought together 15 Clifford Chance colleagues and four volunteers from Abbott to paint pictures with 15 migrant children from Yongmei Primary School.
The children learned brush techniques and experimented with mixing paints to create bold colours. With guidance from the volunteers, the young people painted 'stories' about everything from their experiences at school, to the autumn harvest, to mermaids and magical lands. The children then shared their stories with the group.
"They loved painting and were able to take what they drew home to share their stories with their family and friends," says Ella Guo, assistant to the practice manager in Shanghai. "The children and the volunteers all had a great time, and the Shanghai office is looking forward to participating in the next I CARE project."
The painting session was the second I CARE outing for the Shanghai team. Clifford Chance volunteers recently accompanied children to the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum for a day of exhibits, film, games and singing.
Clifford Chance also works closely with the HandsOn organisation in Tokyo.
All of the I CARE projects aim to help underprivileged youth develop self-confidence and teach them to care about:
- elderly people and family
- their education and future
- the environment.