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EAFI Charity Information

July 15, 2017

EAFI: A Non-Profit Organization

EAFI (Educational Advancement Fund International) is a non-profit organization founded to do its utmost to educate, nurture, and serve the futures of girls and handicapped children in rural China.  Broadly stated, its mission is to educate poor rural minority children, promote gender equity, and further the ideals of world peace by creating international understanding on a personal basis.  It does this through establishing educational camps in rural Jishou, arranging for educational exchanges between American and Chinese students providing free meals and scholarships to needy students, and founding an art school in rural Guangdong dedicated to helping disabled students gain an education. Thus, in recent years, rural students from China visited the Punahou School in Honolulu; and 170 Princeton University students and 370 Punahou students travelled to Baojing, in rural Hunan Province.

EAFI’s purpose is to empower students to achieve their potential, enabling them to access work opportunities and become self-sufficient and independent adults. In this effort, it has given Punahou School and Princeton University students the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of rural minority Chinese. Princeton and Punahou students have been spending six weeks living, teaching, and enriching the lives of their hosts each summer since 2003.

The problem of education for young disabled Chinese:

It is a lamentable situation that disabled Chinese children are not permitted to attend school. Thus, there is a compelling need to establish schools to help educate and nurture such disabled students, so that steps are taken to secure their future.  Presently in China, there is a single private art school for disabled students in Shenzhen, but the waiting list for admission is long. EAFI has been working with the school to admit rural students to develop their artistic talents, enabling them to become independent through developing their skills creating handicrafts and other applications.

EAFI has worked with the school to raise funds by selling student art work. We also intend to raise funds by arranging recreational visits by Chinese entrepreneurs, a portion of whose fees will further the school’s program for poor Chinese.

The following facts present EAFI’s experience in education:

  • Trained 600 Secondary School Teachers in Tu Jia and Miao regions to teach Civics and Western Civilization
  • Educated 150,000 K-12 minority students in 20 schools in rural Hunan and Yunnan and Hebei
  • Provided 250 rural minority Chinese students with scholarships and 500 children with a  free lunch program
  • Established a student exchange program between the Punahou School and the Baojing Minority School
  • Established an occupational school in Baojing


Kate Zhou: Project Director and principal Project fundraiser. She will establish an exchange between a Shanghai private boarding school and Hālau Kū Māna Charter School in Hawai’i to provide low cost study aboard for Hawaiian students. She will serve as Project Supervisor, providing overall administrative and financial oversight. She is founder of a Hawai’i-based non-profit organization (EAFI, see above) that assists rural students to improve their education. She has been successfully working to further education in this region for the past 15 years.
The Project:

EAFI or its representative in China will work with the owners of relevant properties to lease them.  EAFI will hire a competent crew to build or refurbish the classrooms according to specifications drawn up by professionals.

EAFI has identified Mr. Changyao Chen, Director of the Art School for Disabled Student Orphans, to be contact person in China, working with social agencies to place disabled low-income students in this new school. This Director will recruit new teachers, nurses, and staff to run the school. EAFI will be in charge of:

  • Purchasing, fiscal matters, payroll;
  • Overseeing construction;
  • Supervising Project education programs; and
  • Overseeing Project fundraising.

Student Evaluation and Monitoring:

The health charts of each student will be subject to evaluation by a licensed physician and psychiatrist.  A team of educators will evaluate education methods.  Testing will be done to establish a base line; thereafter each year students will be tested against the base line.

Overall Monitoring and Evaluation:

The Director will write an evaluation and report every quarter.  A template will be submitted to the director to guide the report.


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  • Inauguration of an Online Art Auction (2017-2020)
  • Establishment of an annual winter golf event in Oahu, inviting participants.

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