In 1989, under the leadership of All China Women's Federation (ACWF), China Children and Teenagers' Fund (CCTF) launched, organized and carried out the Spring Bud Project, which is a social welfare program mobilizing social forces to help dropout girls return to school and to improve teaching conditions in poverty-stricken areas. The project has played an important role in assisting the government in developing the welfare education for the needy children.
In the past 20 years, the Chinese Government has been continuously concerned with the Spring Bud Project and people from all walks of life have generously donated for the project. The Spring Bud Project has been keeping up with the times and innovating constantly. The project involves a series of welfare actions, including "Student Aid Action", "Talents Cultivation Action", " Employment Action", "Special Action in Caring for Left-behind Children" and "Bud Protection Action". Beneficiaries from the project and the derived actions expanded from girls of nine-year compulsory education to girls of high schools and colleges, from rural poor children to left-behind and migrant children, from vocational education and training of elder girls to professional training of school teachers, and from educational aid to care for physical and psychological safety for school girls.
As the scope of the project has become diversified, the area of the funding has been expanding and the beneficiary has been broadening. The Spring Bud Project has gradually established an overall aid system of education, safety and health for children, especially for girls.
So far, the Spring Bud Project has aided more than 3.69 million poverty-stricken girls to return to school, built 1,811 Spring Bud schools, vocational education and training for more than 527,000 girls, and compiled 2.17 million safety manuals for school girls. A large number of "Spring Bud" students have become professionals in society, who are contributing their intelligence and talents to urban modernization of China.