Who are we ?
Enfants du Ningxia is a small NGO created in 2002 whose aim is to enable children in Ningxia (China) to pursue a complete education.
In 2001, Pierre Haski, correspondent in China for the French daily ‘Libération’, was visiting the province of Ningxia, when a Chinese woman thrust a letter and three notebooks into the hands of the foreigner. These notebooks happened to be her daughter Ma Yan’s diary, who, knowing that her family was no longer able to pay for her education, wrote her mother a letter saying: “I want to return to school!”.
Touched, Pierre Haski, published an article about the young girl in ‘Libération’. The response to Ma Yan’s story was such that her diary was released in 2002 under the title “The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese School Girl”.
The charity Enfants du Ningxia was created in 2002 under the guidance of Pierre Haski, Michèle Fitoussi, Linda Eglin-Mayer and Emmanuelle Polack in order to help other schoolboys and girls in Ningxia satisfy their thirst for knowledge.
- encourage girls to attend school
- enable a child to continue his education until graduation
- allocate scholarships to children whose families are too poor to afford school fees
- upgrade school supplies in primary and secondary schools
- promote higher standards of teaching
- adopt a participatory, fair and proactive approach
- work in complete transparency with officials and associative bodies
- share our experience to encourage the exchange of information on sustainable development
Enfants du Ningxia functions at three levels. The head office in Paris is responsible for the general management of the association and any important decisions, whilst individual program management, fundraising and the follow up of the students is the responsibility of the Chinese office, based in Beijing. Finally, our partners in Tongxin keep us informed about the situation in Ningxia. The association is made up of 4 permanent members and several temporary volunteers.