Caroline Watson

Caroline Watson

Hua Dan, China
Hua Dan is a Beijing-based organization that harnesses the transformative power of participation in theater and other creative processes to inspire the individual to achieve their full spiritual and intellectual potential.

China is a rapidly changing society and is currently undergoing mass rural to urban migration, leaving many individuals, particularly women, vulnerable to human rights abuses.

Hua Dan has a particular focus on working with these low-skilled workers, whilst also including participants from all levels of Chinese society to ensure a more holistic development process.  Their belief is that, by giving individuals the tools to realize their full potential, they are able to take their rightful place as equal contributors to a
more harmonious society.

Their current projects include a Travelling Theatre Troupe, delivering theme-based educational workshops to migrant workers; courses to teach soft skills and English language to workers employed in the service industry; “Big sister, little sister” peer-education projects, training city-based migrant women to transfer skills to rural woman with little access to “whole person” education methodologies; teacher training/migrant children project, developing training courses that integrate creativity into the classroom; corporate training program to broaden access of Hua Dan’s projects to a wider audience, enabling financially sustainability to our non-profit initiatives and develop a true social enterprise business model.  Hua Dan seeks to be a truly democratic organization and a leading global pioneer in the way theater and other creative processes can be used to develop life and practical skills.

http://www.hua-dan.org