Throwback to Summer … in China

Oct 16, 2009

As the temperatures in Michigan drop and the skies turn gray, we can look back at summer on the other side of the world, and a camp held at some famous sites with famous people … and some pretty special children.

In July, Amway China sponsored a special summer camp experience in Beijing. This was part of Project Sunshine, Amway China’s One by One program that provides education and health services to children of migrant families.

The program, called “A Date in Capital, Together We Grow,” was a partnership between Amway China, the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund and the Children’s Channel of China Central Television.

The summer camp hosted 50 student representatives and 25 teachers from 25 beneficiary schools of Project Sunshine nationwide. The students became “Little Sunshine Reporters,” traveling around visiting important landmarks and interviewing celebrities. Their hosts were international students from the US, postgraduate students from Capital Normal University, and volunteers from Amway.

The children were hosted by special guest Qian Hong, Olympic swimming champion and former gold medalist. The day included visits to the Birds Nest (National Stadium) and Water Cube (National Aquatic Center). Ms Qian talked to the children about the great feats of Michael Phelps in the Water Cube, and encouraged them to learn from his perseverance and hard work.

The campers also visited the National Library and the Haidian Public Safety Museum, Peking University and Capital Museums where they had access to special cultural experiences. Then, every night, there was an “English Corner,” where the students practiced their language skills with a US student and shared their experiences from the day.

The campers met celebrities of a different sort in a behind-the-scenes tour of CCTV studios, and CCTV Tower. They met famous program hosts “Red Fruits” and “Green Bubbles” from the Children’s Channel, who they all know from television.

At an Amway-sponsored Junior NBA Challenge basketball game, the students watched a great game. Later, they had the opportunity to meet NBA star John Starks and exchange gifts with him.

After all the excitement of the four-day camp was over and the happy, tired children returned home, they were delighted to see their own faces in the news, covered by some of the same reporters they visited with that week.

Here are a few links to the news sites, and some pictures of the camp experience.

With Qian Hong at the Water Cube

Visitng the Birds Nest

Reading at the National Library

Interviewing at CCTV


Practicing language skills at the English Corner

Meeting Jon Starks at the Junior NBA game

Group photo

Amway volunteers with the students

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