Besides supporting Education in China, Fu Hui Education Foundation also strongly believes that it is our obligation to look after children and youth in Canada through education and knowledge, particularly those living in Indigenous communities.Since 2015 Fu Hui has invested in $640,000 supporting over 1,660 children and youth in the Canadian Indigenous communities through the following programs:
1.Cultural Exchange Program
Since 2015, in order to understand more of the Indigenous tradition and culture and to identify areas of needs, Fu Hui members had visited schools in the reserves. From these visits Fu Hui has provided nutritious food to the Indigenous children in a remote community in Ontario. According to a survey, one quarter of the Indigenous children live below the poverty line. Each year we see the benefits of supporting the student's success in literacy and numeracy through the provision of healthy and nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch and snack. Fu Hui has enhanced their ability to learn.
Fu Hui has also organized meaningful, educational, and fun filled field trips for Indigenous students to enrich their educational experience and promote understanding of different cultures. We had conducted such trips for students from Southern Ontario and Membertou Nova Scotia visiting Toronto. For these students it was truly an amazing way to learn about society and culture through hands-on activities. Most importantly, they brought home new experiences, met new people, and hopefully will have memories that will last them a lifetime.2. School Library Program
Since 2017, Fu Hui has partnered with the Martin Family Initiative (MFI) and its Founder, The Right Honorable Paul Martin to find ways that the Fu Hui Education Foundation and MFI could collaborate. Due to a lack of funding, the large majority of First Nations across Canada do not have school libraries to support the development of literacy and a love of reading. Some schools have no libraries; others have very dated and poorly equipped libraries. Most First Nations students do not have access to community libraries and due to extreme poverty levels, these families are unable to purchase books for their children or themselves. Fu Hui has committed to revitalize libraries in 6 First Nations schools across Canada. This is to support MFI’s ground-breaking Model School Literacy Project to promote reading and literacy for children from Kindergarten to Grade 3, which is the critical period for learning to read and write. Together we have opened six school libraries on First Nations reserves across Canada in Southern Alberta, Southern Ontario, Nova Scotia, Southern Manitoba, Northern Saskatchewan and Albert , with more openings to come this year. Fu Hui has funded the updating and provision of books (picture books, fiction, non-fiction), and books written by First Nations authors, and books with First Nations themes as well as tablets. By working together, our foundations have been able to improve literacy in First Nation’s children, encouraging their early love for learning.
3. University of Toronto Master of Social Work Specialist Program in Indigenous Trauma and Resiliency
Since 2018, Fu Hui is partnered with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at the University of Toronto in our mutual commitment to improving lives in Indigenous communities in Canada and across the globe through education and knowledge. Fu Hui is supporting the Faculty’s new two-year Master of Social Work field of study which focuses on the specialized education needed to prepare social work professionals to engage and intervene effectively with Indigenous individuals, families, and communities. Many of these social workers from within the Indigenous populations will be equipped with the skills to act as effective advocates for Indigenous communities, influencing government policy at both the provincial and federal level.
Video: Introduction of Fu Hui's Canadian Indigenous ProgramDonation to Support