As part of our “Family Style Care Model”, the team in Hengyang would love to make the dream of a zoo trip come true for 4-6 boys in our care. With your funding, 4-6 boys from the Sunbird family group home will take an exciting train trip to Changsha to visit the zoo. Due to the special needs of the boys, they will require the support of at least 5-6 adults to ensure one-on-one support while on the trip.
The idea for this trip came out of a recent “In-Person Centered Meeting” that is held for each child 1-2 times a year, where the care team (floor manager, house parents, teachers, coaches, therapists and medical staff) meet together with the child or young person and discuss their progress, goals, and dreams. In this meeting, Yang Heng Xin shared that he loved animals and had always wanted to visit the zoo in Changsha since he was a little boy.
Expected outcomes of the trip will include:
- Increased knowledge and learning about animals and their habitats
- Enlarge the world for the boys, encouraging creativity and empathy
- Life skills such as catching trains, train schedules, and budgeting
- Increased confidence due to the experiences and encounters along the way
Due to local government policies, these boys currently live in a very sheltered environment within the Hengyang Care Center, and their opportunities since Covid-19 have been even more limited. They have not traveled much outside the Care Center walls for more than a year.