Continually seeking to serve the children of China through assisting with their English education needs, our press coverage provides a wonderful testimony to those who give of their time and energy to reach out where it can benefit our kids. Our most recent coverage is at the top, and you can scroll down for a growing history.


Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing – an Interview with Helen Boyle

Interviewed by Gabriel Corsetti from China Development Brief 

Helen Boyle is the founder and director of the Migrant Children’s Foundation, an NGO that helps the children of migrant workers in Beijing, focusing particularly on their educational needs. Originally from the UK, Helen first came to Beijing in 2008. After visiting a school for the children of migrant workers and being struck by the lack of resources, but also by the children’s enthusiasm, she took the brave decision to stay and dedicate herself to working in this field. In an exclusive interview with CDB’s Gabriel Corsetti, she tells us a bit about her organization and the important work it carries out.

Read the interview here


April 2017’s Beijing Kids celebrates community stars and features our very own Volunteer & Curriculum Coordinator, Lorna Snuggs. In addition to this, three of MCF’s international school volunteers are celebrated for their contributions to the community. Tony from Dulwich College Beijing (DCB), Colleen Usher from BSB Shunyi and Tamika Sankar, also from BSB Shunyi. Keep up the good work guys!


British lady dedicated to helping less fortunate children

MCF on Radio am774

There is much more to MCF including ‘Fun with Science’, school outings, health checks, eye checks and Secret Santa! The idea is to give migrant children the opportunity to experience people and ideas they would not necessarily find in their day-to-day environment.

Today Helen tells us more about this amazing organisation she founded and the wonderful work it has already achieved.

Listen to the interview here


Helping to raise the quality and standards in schools for less advantaged students

MCF on Radio am774

Helen Boyle from the UK set up the ‘Migrant Children’s Foundation’ (MCF)  five years ago to help raise awareness of these schools while generally assisting with improving teaching and conditions for the students.

Listen the interview here


Wonder Woman: Helen Boyle, MCF Founder

Article on City Weekend

On a Tuesday morning in mid-December, Helen Boyle was riding in a van with Santa Claus. They were driving to a migrant school in Daxing to give students more than 350 presents as part of the Secret Santa program of her charity organization, Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF).

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Tragic accidents just part of a hard life for China’s 60 million ‘left-behind children

Article by Wu Nan on South China Morning Post

When Du Juan, who is now 18, was abandoned by her solo father at the age of nine, she could scarcely imagine she would one day attend high school. After 18 months studying at Shangdong Tancheng Datang School, Du was selected as one of 10 national “role model abandoned children” by the Care for Abandoned Children Fund in Beijing last year.

Her headmaster, Wang Yiyong, said the honour had changed Du – making her “much happier” and more motivated as a student.

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Royal SocietyRoyal Society of Chemistry Annual review 2012

Migrant children in Beijing had a rare chance to experience hands-on chemistry during the weekend science workshops set up by the Beijing Local Section as part of the IYC challenge competition Royal Society of Chemistry Annual Review 2012.

The RSC’s Beijing Local Section was formed in 2008 and now has around 50 members. Employees in the Beijing office organise many academic lectures and symposia in China, so we decided that the Local Section should focus on outreach activities.

As part of our activities, I give demonstration lectures to audiences ranging from primary school pupils to non-chemistry undergraduates. I particularly enjoy giving lectures to students who are beginning to study science in depth. After a recent lecture as part of the Beijing Science Festival, year 8 student Zheng Yufeng wrote on his school’s website that “this unforgettable lecture really inspired our interest in science and left us longing to study more physics and chemistry”. Encouraging comments like this make me feel that even in the digital age, live science lectures really can make a difference.

It was thanks to the International Year of Chemistry Challenge (IYC) grant from the RSC that we were able to expand our outreach activities from one person (namely me, standing at the front of a lecture theatre) doing experiments to many. In collaboration with the Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF) charity, we set up the Fun with Science programme for children of migrant workers from the Chinese countryside working in Beijing. Many of these children are unable to obtain a place in a state school and attend poorly-funded migrant schools that don’t offer the chance to study science.


Helen Boyle: Be Inspired by Chinese Migrant Children

Article by on Women of China

Helen Boyle came to China in 2008 but she never expected that her life would one day be closely linked to the lives of migrant children. Helen visited many schools in China and stumbled across a school for the children of migrant workers. She was appalled at the lack of educational resources available at the school but was inspired by the children’s enthusiasm to learn. Her desire and drive to help others motivated Helen to give up her job in the UK and start a new life by founding the non-profit Migrant Children Foundation in 2009.

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Buddying up with migrant children

Article by on Beijing Today

Every Saturday morning at 8:30, Helen Boyle waits outside the Guomao subway station for volunteers. Sometimes 50 people show up. Sometimes, only five or six. But regardless of the number, she’ll wait, because she knows that children in the outskirts of the city are also waiting for her. After the volunteers have gathered, Boyle leads the group to a migrant school to spend a day with children of various ages…..

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A Beijing state of mind

Article by Fergal Keane on BBC Travel

I am here on a Beijing Buddy visit, one of several programmes run by the Migrant Children’s Foundation, which promotes cultural exchanges between foreigners and the schools. Helen Boyle, who runs theprogramme, has watched children grow in confidence: “When we started teaching over a year ago, they weren’t able or very willing to speak at all and were quite shy. Now they can make sentences and are always very enthusiastic….

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Easy as ABC

Article by Innovation Earth

“Have you ever heard the saying “it’s as easy as ABC?” This is a common expression, but many small children struggle to learn to read at first. It takes a good teacher to support students through all new lessons, whether big or small. I was shocked to learn that something as simple as the ABC song is actually taught differently here in China. This blows my mind:”

Does good teaching look different in China? I don’t think so. Since I arrived here, I’ve met three inspirational women who have taught me a lot about what it means to be a great teacher. I will strive to….

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helen_BSID-01Interview with Helen

Article on Beijing Social Innovation Digest

“Many expatriates come to China and find themselves staying long after they originally planned. Few, however, are able to stay and make as big a difference to the lives of so many as Helen Boyle. Helen is the founder and director of the ‘Migrant Children’s Foundation’ – an organization which helps children of migrant workers in Beijing, and beyond, to improve their educational opportunities.”

Listen to the interview here


helen_gbtimes-01Giving migrant children a foundation in English

Article by gbtimes

The Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF) in Beijing is dedicated to teaching its students in English because they believe that language skills offer an advantage in life and that education is also the key to success.

The initiative was launched a few years ago by Helen Boyle, a British woman, who decided to make a contribution to the migrant children of Beijing. However, she acknowledges that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to give each child a sufficient level of education.

Radio86 recently visited one of the migrant schools with which the foundation works… …read more


CNTV_201206MCF-Organized Dance Show

Article by CNTV

MCF organized a dance show for the school children of Beijing to take part in. Here’s the video report.


Migrant Children’s Foundation – Inspire and be Inspired