To build a warm future for the "left-behind" children with stories! On The Road To School "Story Boxes" upgrade!
"On The Road To School" "Story Boxes“ Project Upgrade!
What are "Story Boxes"-
"Story Boxes" are used as a solution for caring and improving the mental wellbeing of 61million Chinese "Left-behind” Children. I started the charity movement "On The Road To School" in 2013. We buy MP3s from brand factories. Our own experts committees on content selecting choose classic children story books and other contents categorize them into stories and tales, music and general knowledge the three main divisions. We then invite professional braodcasters from China Central Television (CCTV) and China National Radio (CNR), as well as volunteers of related professions to record the selected contents and then input them into the MP3s.
We then freely distribute them into our established contact schools into the hands of the "left-behind" children. We have so far carried out 7 seasons of donating "Story Boxes", in Guizhou, Yunnan and all 7 provinces in china and have covered 2880 "left-behind" children.
If you want to know more about the movement I started "On The Road To School and "Story Boxes" program you are most welcome to add our Wechat public ID: 上学路上（sxls2013).
The content of "Story Boxes"
There are mainly three types of contents, stories collections, music collection and general knowledge collection. All stories are recorded and produced by professional braodcasters from China Central Television, China National Radio and related professional volunteers. All the stories/books are selected by our special committee made of leading Chinese children's book writers, psychologist designed in caring the "left-behind" children. Music collection are chosen by professional DJs from China National Radio and other provincial radios. And general knowledge are recommended in areas such as geography, history, biology among others.
List of our sample "Story Boxes" stories:
The Happy Prince-Oscar Wilde
Stone Soup-Jon J Muth
The Little Girl at the Window-Totto-Chan
A Child's Geography of The Word- V.M Hillyer
Does "Story Boxes" really works?
Within the first 2 month period after we have given the "Story Boxes" to the children, we normally conduct a feedback research on the efficiency of "Story Boxes" in helping our targeted population. Here are the results we have found.
1.Over 86% of children who have received the "Story Boxes" listen often to its contents within each a 3 days period.
2.Over 80% of these children have finished over half of the contents during the feedback research period.
3.44% of these children have the habits of listen to their favorite stories from the content regularly.
4.39% of these children are tend to share the contents, which they have heard from the "Story Boxes" with their friends and families.
Why is a upgrade necessary?
We have also discovered negative points in our feedback as well.
1. The renewal of the content of distributed "Story Boxes" can be very difficult. The utility cost of content updating impedes our goal of accompanying the children as they grow up.
2. The current Story Boxes lack the function of enabling the children to communicate with their parents.
The Solution-Story Boxes 2.0
I Liu Xinyu as the founder of the movement, I urge others who share the same passion for the "left-behind" children can come and join the effort in delivering instant audio contents for accompany these children during their growth and improving their mental wellbeing. Thus, we will create a new Maker device that is of and only use for these purposes.
Its main functions:
1.Able to play "On The Road To School" selected audio contents and also able to instant update its database using WIFI connections in schools.
2.It is also created to have the function of bridging between these children and their parents. By pressing the customized bottom, both children and parents are able to record a audio message and exchange them with each other through internet connections. This is a perfect solution in solving the difficulty and general awkwardness when "left-behind" children and their parents use other direct means to communicate, such as phone calls and social medias.
3.And when children miss their parents they can playback these recording messages from their parents as support and encouragement.
Partners and objectives
We have already built partnership with the top Chinese Makers as our hardware and software developer. We plan to finish the design and provide the first end-product by end of January next year.
Where goes the funds ?
We are starting this crowdfunding platform it's not only to add a new channel in funding, but to let more people who care about the topic of "left-behind" children and those who may not know this issue before but feel related and are willing to help them to join our effort, in helping and improving their mental health. Since the "Story Boxes 2.0" project not only need to be created for a prototype, but also to be mass produced, thus besides this platform we are also currently building and connecting with other business supporters and donors. Our now calculated budget is that, we need at least two hundred thousand Yuan（approx40,000 dollars）for designing the App for parents and their children communicate, hardware design, producing "Story Boxes 2.0 "prototype and testing its functions. Finally the "Story Boxes 2.0 are set to be mass produced. Thus, the 2000 dollars this time will not be able to cover the whole cost. However, by achieving this funding goal, all of you supporters are giving us confidence to work with our existing other donors and to find new supporters to build OUR project! We are confident to share the final product of " Story Boxes 2.0" and to be able to mass produce it by the end of 2016!
Once we reached our goals, 1000 dollars will used into the development of the "Story Boxes 2.0" device to the salary of the makers who are currently working hard to make "Story Boxes 2.0" a reality, the App design and the hardware design. Another 1000 dollars will be used into the building of a production model of the "Story Boxes 2.0". We will publish all the details of how the money are used on this site and our Wechat publicID: sxls 2013 and our website, as well as the monthly update of the developing stage of the project! And if you all show great support in helping making "Story Boxes 2.0" a reality this time, we are also planning to make a second round of crowfunding for this project. With your help and our other donors and sponsors, along with our technical team, we are confident we will bring warmth to the heart of millions of left -behind children and let them to grow up along with the caring and love that they deserve.