I Care Project


  • I Care Project

1. Project Overview

The I Care project arose from Stepping Stones’ English teacher volunteers observing that eye problems among their students – some of them serious - were going untreated mainly due to lack of resources and medical insurance coverage, leading to the future deterioration of the children’s vision.

Stepping Stones' I Care project provides free eye tests, free treatment, free spectacles and free eye operations to migrant children in Shanghai and Zhejiang province who otherwise would not have access to these services.

Since 2008, with the support of several sponsors, Stepping Stones has partnered with Ai Er Hospital to conduct eye screening in 18 migrant schools in Shanghai, has screened the eyesight of than 21,500 migrant students, provided free spectacles for 3,345 students and free eye surgery to correct a squint for 26 students. Additionally, the project raises awareness of eye care issues among parents, children and their local teachers.

2. Project Objective

  • The objective of the I Care project is to improve the vision of disadvantaged children in China in order to increase their chance of educational success, through the free provision of essential eye care equipment and services.

3. Volunteer to help educate children about the importance of good eye care!

Since 2009, Stepping Stones has been training groups of volunteers to deliver an interactive and fun 40 minute class on eye care to all the students at every school where we do eye screening and spectacle donation, as an integral part of the project.  The reason for this is that many parents and teachers discourage their children from wearing the donated glasses due to a prevalent misunderstanding that wearing spectacles is detrimental to the development of children's eyesight.  

I Care volunteers need to speak Chinese fluently, and be available for one hour training. Lesson plans will be provided, and volunteers put into teaching teams of 2-3 to co-deliver the training to the students. The volunteer training can be done outside of work hours, but the student training is always during a school day, usually over the students' lunch-time.  

If you would like to volunteer to teach an I Care training to some migrant students, please e-mail Gloria Han at projects@steppingstoneschina.net or click here to register online.

4. Impact

Click here to see what impact we've made on the quality of life of migrant children.

Click here to see what impact we've made on the students' eye care awareness

Click here to see what Rotary Club of Shanghai has to say about this program.

5. Donate to this project

1) Spectacles for migrant children (HK$ 300 per pair):
2) Corrective eye surgery (HK$ 6,000 per child):


6. Project Partners