From the founder – 

Dear Supporters and Friends,

On the occasion of Canadian Thanksgiving, our board, staff, and girls send our deepest expression of gratitude for all that you contribute. In this 16-year journey, your unwavering commitment, your care and support of our mission have laid a solid foundation for EGRC.  This is the perfect occasion to express our gratitude. THANK YOU!

International Day of the Girl Child

This year the 11th of October has another significant meaning. In 2012 the UN Assembly named this day International Day of the Girl Child to honour girls and raise awareness for girls’ empowerment worldwide. Let us raise our glasses in an autumn toast to celebrate our EGRC girls and girls everywhere.

Celebrate EGRC Girls

Daisy GongEGRC Senior Program Manager,  recently participated in a competition, a storytelling event that was organized by Shanghai Bureau of Civil Affairs, Shanghai TV and Shanghai New Media Center. On September 27th, Daisy was one of ten winners (out of 300 participants) to receive the Excellent Storytelling Award. Her story moved thousands of people who watched her online and in person. I  am very proud to see an EGRC young woman making a real difference in the lives of so many.

Daisy was an EGRC-sponsored girl who graduated from Hubei University of Finance and Economics in 2012. After taking a few different jobs, including working in the Duty Free shop at the Qatar International airport, she returned to her home in Gansu.

In the spring 2016, I invited Daisy to join me on a trip to visit our high school students in Min Xian, Gansu. Daisy was deeply affected by the situation she witnessed.  Having been away for 10 years, she did not realize how much extreme poverty remained.

That trip helped Daisy decide to devote herself to EGRC and help more girls achieve their dreams of education. She became EGRC’s first full-time staff, working in Gansu as Program Manager. Five years on, Daisy has not only become more confident and capable, but has also become a leader, mentor, and role model to hundreds of EGRC girls.

Daisy Gong and Ching Tien

Daisy Gong in 2016

Lina Zhang is the second EGRC graduate who joined our Gansu team as Assistant Program Manager in September 2021. With EGRC‘s sponsorship, Lina graduated from Qingdao University of Science & Technology in 2019.

She said that EGRC had had a profound influence throughout her four-year study. For that reason, she resolved to give back one day. That day arrived when she read that EGRC was looking for an Assistant Program Manager and she applied. Now, she is preparing for her first trip with Daisy to select new high school students.

EGRC’s Involvement in China Social Impact Award

I recently served on a judge panel for the China Social Impact Award, initiated and organized by the British Chamber of Commerce China and endorsed by the United Nation China and the Chinese Government.

Five judges including myself set out to evaluate the award of Equality in Education, one of the seven award categories. I was very impressed by all the applicants who contributed to this cause over the years. Among the four finalists – Cheung Kong Graduate School for Business, Jaguar Land Rover China, Microsoft China, and the Standard Chartered Bank China – we unanimously agreed that Microsoft China deserved to be the winner. Their long-time contributions to educating women in technology, mass improvement for vocational training focusing on rural regions, and overall contributions to promote equality in education truly stood out.

The organizers also appointed myself as the “sponsor” of the Women Empowerment category. Since I was not able to be there in person, Zhu Bei, a female entrepreneur and Vice-Chair of EGRC Beijing Executive Committee presented the award to the winner, and delivered a speech at the Award Ceremony banquet on September 16th.

Fundraising Updates

Maple Leaf Charity Ball Shanghai

On September 11th, the 14th Annual Maple Leaf Charity Ball was successfully hosted in Shanghai by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai. This year EGRC was chosen to benefit.

The Canadian Consul General Shanghai, Dave Murphy, and the Canadian Ambassador, Dominic Barton attended the Ball along with Canadian companies’ representatives and many other Canadian and local individuals.  Echo Chen, the chair of EGRC Alumni Association, gave a moving speech to introduce our charity, tell her story, and thank all supporters and friends.

The event raised a total of $20,000 for EGRC. I would like to thank CanCham Shanghai, the title sponsor, Teck Resources and other sponsors, the organizers and all the guests for their support.

Jiancheng Piano Virtual Fundraiser Vancouver

Founded in Vancouver by a piano teacher, Jane Chen, Jiancheng Piano offers online piano lessons to adults locally and worldwide. On September 23rd Jiancheng Piano hosted an online piano recital to showcase the talent of her students and to support EGRC.

The event attracted thousands of people to the performance who also learned about EGRC. Amazingly the event generated a $15,000 donation for EGRC. Thank you, Jane, and all the people who put in hard work to make this event successful!