With the objective to support the rehabilitation needs of underprivileged children with physical disabilities, CHF China (CHFC) partnered China Charity Federation (CCF), a Chinese government-linked charity organisation directly under the charge of the Ministry of Civil Affairs, to launch the CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project in late 2012.
This is an initiative to fund rehabilitation cost for underprivileged children with physical disabilities due to illness or accident, congenital physical disabilities and those who have undergone corrective surgery. These children were previously unable to receive treatment due to the high cost of therapy. The programme provided financial assistance to enable these children to undergo therapy, an integral part of their recovery process to lead normal lives.
As of December 2013, the CapitaLand Therapy for Children Project has benefited 60 underprivileged children with physical disabilities from Beijing and its surrounding areas. In the pilot collaboration with CCF, CHFC provided financial assistance to help the beneficiaries to receive physiotherapy in Beijing Rehabilitation Hospital. CapitaLand staff volunteers also visited the beneficiaries during their treatment in the hospital.
Following the completion of the first phase, CHFC embarked on second phase with a partnership with China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and China Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities on 26 December 2013. Under this collaboration, CHFC will support 50 underprivileged children physical disabilities from Chongqing and Hubei Provinces in receiving surgery and therapy in Beijing.
An example of a children beneficiary’s medical condition before and after the therapy treatment:
Yang Xinyi, 6 years old, suffers from poliomyelitis sequelae, valgus knee deformity and scoliosis. She was unable to walk independently before treatment. Due to her condition, her parents were afraid to send her to school. After more than a month of treatment, she is now able to walk independently with the help of walking aids and an orthotic device. After her discharge, she returned to Guangdong province with her parents and will be attending school like other children in future.