Chinese Orphans’ Assistance Team Inc (COAT) is a non-profit organisation founded to give the abandoned, disabled children of JiaoZuo (Henan Province, China) a better quality of life and a future. COAT has about 60 children legally in its care. These children have a range of disabilities from vision and/or hearing impairment to severe brain damage. In 2013, COAT’s school (Xi Wang Le Yuan) was transformed into a registered, model Special School within the JiaoZuo Social Welfare Institute and now educates the children from the Institute as well as the Homes.
COAT has eight Eagles’ Wings family care facilities which are called Eagles’ Wings because they aim to have the children soar above the difficulties in life and reach their full potential and where possible be adopted by loving and caring families.
COAT’s Vocational Training Program (Qi Ming Xing) has been established as an income-earning program to prepare older students for their adult lives.
An Experiential Learning Daycare program is in operation for those children unable to cope with a normal school program because of learning disabilities.
The project employs and trains more than forty local staff, providing specialized training conducted by Western-trained/qualified volunteers in conjunction with the local government.