The Mission of COCOA (Care of China’s Orphaned & Abandoned) is to improve the conditions for babies in China’s orphanages, by enhancing their quality of care and providing equipment, medicine and trained staff.
Cocoa welcomes applications to fund projects which directly help babies and young children who have been orphaned or abandoned in China. These children may be cared for either in orphanages or in the community.
Grants may be used to alleviate the immediate needs of babies and young children. Cocoa looks favourably on projects that aim to address the problem of abandoned babies in the long-term, such as education and training for both the children and the orphanage staff, or enhancing the value of the girl child or an understanding of disability. Only in rare instances are funds available for individual children.
Cocoa does not help with the costs of adoption or where proselytizing is a theme of the project. While funds may be given for start-up costs ie for kitting out projects, Cocoa is unlikely to fund projects involving a substantial amount of construction.
Please note Cocoa only accepts applications from charities that are registered either in the UK or in the country where they operate.
EXAMPLES OF WHERE GRANTS HAVE BEEN USED
£4,000 kitted out a medical clinic within an orphanage so that the children can be treated on site without the need for transfer to hospital.
The clinic also treats orphanage children living with local foster families.
£30,000 supported a baby unit for two years, providing care for 35 children from new-borns to toddlers with a range of special needs from Down’s syndrome to Cerebral Palsy, heart conditions and visual or aural impairment.
£3,000 provided essential cots, bedding and high chairs for abandoned babies awaiting surgery for their cleft palates.
£730 bought special chairs and therapy equipment for a physio centre for disabled children in foster care.