China South Africans come together to help the 50 children stuck in China

50 SA kids were individually hired by a dubious recruitment agency to teach English in the East, detained and thankfully now they have been released


Showcased on Carte Blanche, 50 South African kids were detained in China for working without visas or the correct permits. They were hired by an agency that would do all the legal stuff for them.

Enticed by the opportunity to teach English in China, the group, all under the age of 25, entrusted Owen Wang, an agent claiming to represent Sanda Youth International. Before leaving South Africa the students were given student visas and told their work Visas will be issued upon arrival. With their contracts signed and sealed, the youngsters got one-way tickets to China to begin their teaching jobs.

At first, they were set up in a dodgy commune but were then sent to their various schools and began their adventure. All was well and happy but suddenly, their worlds were turned up-side-down and they were detained by officials for working illegally. In April, immigration confiscated all of their passports and they have now been living in limbo for the past 2 months.

A crowdfund was set up to help get them all home as soon as legally possible. Thankfully, that day has come. We just got news that the 50 students have been released from Chinese custody and will be allowed to come back to South Africa.

We spoke to one of the parents, Charl Venter, who has confirmed this to be true and says his son is finally coming home.

Charl also confirmed that the Chinese government would be flying the kids back at their expense so the crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy is no longer accepting donations. Everyone that made a donation to the fund will be contacted by the campaign manager soonest.

The group will be sent back to South Africa on three different flights, the first group will be landing back on SA soil on Monday the 25th of June.

“It is with great joy that I am able to inform everyone that shared in our journey to get our kids back home safely, that an amicable way was found between us and the Chinese Government to send our kids back home safely. They will be returning to South Africa in 3 groups on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

We have paused the fundraiser so that we can contact each and every donor via email to return their donation to them, and thank you for opening your hearts and assisting us to get our kids back home.

We would like to thank everyone for your support, for all the shares, likes & prayers. we could not have done it without you.

We are for always in your debt
Kind regards
Liza, Charl & all the Parents”

This is incredible news for all the families as well as for all those following the story.

Sources: Charl Venter
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  1. I’m so happy for them. All glory to the Lord who heard my prayers and answered them. Their future is bright and secured. So thankful for their divine protection over this difficult period in their lives. It was only a season; they’re lives can only be better and brighter. Thank you for the update!

  2. Our son and fiancee are now detained. Same story. Last message was 3 weeks ago. We would hear in 14 days as per email received. Its now 3 weeks and still nothing!! Advise appreciated please!!! We have no idea where to start looking. And no support from anybody😢😢

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