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Meet Our Former Students


China provides state-funded education until the age of 15. The final three years of school must be paid for by the student’s family. Many families cannot afford these fees, leaving these young people with little hope for their future.

We strongly believe that a good education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty and can create a better future for young people and their families. In China, millions of people are faced with the reality that they cannot afford to send their children to school, leaving these young people with little hope for their future. That is why we promote education in Shanghai by facilitating sponsorships for thousands of students who otherwise would not have a chance to attend. 

With your donation, we can bring hope and

help to a student that needs it very much. 

Your sponsorship funds will be invested in the

future of your student; to empower them to

realise fulfilling careers, attain greater life

opportunities and become a positive force

within their community.

We offer a variety of sponsorship programs for 

high school and university students. To view 

programs available, please click here.


For each student that you sponsor, we provide:

  • Cost of enrolment fees and any requisite school supplies

  • Monitoring of school grades

  • Annual family audit by our Shanghai Sunrise Alumni Field Visit Team

  • General educational support as needed


We encourage engagement between students and sponsors. One of the most rewarding aspects of sponsoring a student is getting to know students personally, and see firsthand how your generosity can positively affect the student's and their family’s lives.

For each student that you sponsor, we will:

  • Send you regular updates on students' school report cards

  • Encourage letter-writing between you and your student (and offer English-Chinese translation where necessary)

  • Invite you to meet and bond with your student at our Pairing Ceremony and Take Your Student To Lunch Day


We look forward to welcoming you to the Shanghai Sunrise community! We offer a variety of Sponsorship programs to tailor to a range of budgets. You can also group together with friends, family and work colleagues to fundraise together on our Group Fundraising page! To view our Sponsorship programs, please click here

There are also other ways that you can help support our cause. We accept donations of any amount here. Proceeds go to our operating costs and help us grow so that we can help more young people. 

Three Easy Steps To Sponsor A Student!

1. Choose Your Sponsorship

Decide whether you would like to sponsor a High School Student or a University Student. Then decide whether you would like to sponsor them for one year or the full three or four years of their tuition. 

We offer many different scholarship options. To view them, please click here

Scholarships can be purchased online via our website or you can contact us to arrange a bank transfer of cash payment.

Due Diligence


We work with the Shanghai Charity Foundation and Government Social Workers to identify 'at risk' families. All of our students are genuinely in need, from families living in poverty and experiencing severe debt and chronic or terminal illness.

Our Promise



Meet your student in person; hear their story in their own words. Receive regular letters from them as well as copies of their grades, so you can see how much your gift has impacted their lives.

Every Donation Counts


As a volunteer-led, non-profit organization, your donation will go to support our sponsored students. Keeping costs down means your gifts make the biggest impact possible.