Keyword: Rural Development

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Gansu Rainbow Community Service Center

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Gansu Rainbow Community Service Center

A Chinese NGO might have a thousand reasons to implement overseas charity programs in line with their values and goals, but for Ren Zhihao, the founder of the Gansu Rainbow Community Service Center, the reason for setting foot in Nepal was very simple: to lend a helping hand to vulnerable people whenever they need it, wherever they are.

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Centre

Chinese NGOs Going Out: the Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Centre

The Sichuan Haihui Poverty Alleviation Service Center is a Chengdu-based nonprofit organization dedicated to rural poverty alleviation and the sustainable development of rural communities. CDB interviewed Chen Taiyong, the founder of the Sichuan Haihui, to share his rich experience of poverty alleviation projects in Thailand.

Fund for pneumoconiosis sufferers wins charity award

Wang Keqin has been awarded as part of the “70 people in 70 years of Chinese charity brands” (中國慈善公益品牌70年70人) awards, which were announced at the 14th Annual Brands and Personalities Summit on December 18. The awards are organized jointly by Brandcn (品牌聯盟) and Shanda Net (善達網). Wang, a?well-known investigate reporter, has been called “the first journalist to expose the dark side in China”. He is known for reports like “The black market for securities in Lanzhou is washing up shareholders” (蘭州證券黑市狂洗“股民”), “The inside story behind the Beijing taxi industry monopoly” (北京出租車業壟斷黑幕), and “Investigation into?a Shanxi coal mine” (山西煤窯真相調查), all of which?had strong social repercussions and a positive impact on the …read more

10,000 “agricultural talents for Africa” to receive training in China

Han Changfu, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, has announced that China will deepen agricultural cooperation with Africa by holding various training courses in China over the next three years to train 10,000 talents from Africa. Speaking a few days ago at the Forum on China-Africa Agricultural Cooperation in Sanya, the minister explained that China regards improving Africa’s comprehensive food production capacity as a key area of agricultural cooperation. Furthermore, China will support Africa to achieve basic food security by 2030, and help African countries explore poverty reduction paths that are in line with their own national conditions. Han Changfu stated that his Ministry intends to coordinate with the …read more

A story from Project Hope

A story from Project Hope

Editor’s Note This is an abbreviated and slightly modified translation of an article originally published by?北京晚報, and re-posted by the WeChat account of the China Philanthropy Research Institute at Beijing Normal University on the 16th of August (find the original here). It recounts the story of one of the lives which were changed by Project Hope, a program started in 1988 to enable impoverished children to study which probably still stands as one of the most influential and well-known charitable projects to have ever taken place in China.   In 1991, China Youth Daily photo-journalist Jie Hailong took a series of photos which he entitled “我要讀書” (I want to study). …read more

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around - the Case of Dasendian

How Rural Education Can Be Turned Around – the Case of Dasendian

The story of how a small village school in Hebei escaped the fate of being shut down and turned into an example of innovation in rural education, thanks to the efforts of the principal and the support of civil society.

Does it still make sense to donate second-hand clothing for rural areas?

This is an abridged and adapted translation of a commentary published on?the Charity School (公益慈善學園) WeChat account on the 10th of March. Charity School is a platform for publishing news and research findings on the philanthropic sector. This commentary is on the issue of second-hand donations to rural areas in China.   “Where has your donated second-hand clothing gone?” has recently become a highly searched question online, arousing extensive discussion. It has been noted that donated used clothing, which ought to be sent to disaster areas, rural areas and poverty-stricken countries in Africa, has been sold to recycling plants that recycle the fabrics and metals, allowing recycling companies to profiteer. …read more

The Friends of Spirit Community: reviving China’s disappearing villages

It is well-known that many villages and old buildings in China are disappearing due to the advance of urbanization. From 2000 until 2010, the number of so-called “natural villages” (villages that grew spontaneously and are not administrative divisions) in China’s rural areas dropped from 3.6 million to 2.7 million.?The efforts of one young man to save and revive some of China’s traditional villages have?now gained some attention from the Chinese media. Born and raised in a Sichuan village, Tang Ming has a strong sense of mission and nostalgia toward villages in China. After studying in Peking University under Professor Yu Kongjian, known as the Father of Landscape Architecture, he worked …read more

Social work and volunteer services are subsumed into China’s rural areas revival strategy

The CPC Central Committee and the State Council recently published?China’s rural areas Revival Strategy (during 2018 to 2022). Social work and volunteer services are mentioned in the 27th?chapter,?strengthening grassroots political power,?and the 30th?chapter,?increasing the supply of rural public services. A few of the main points listed in Chapter 27 are as follows. The government aims to move the gravity of rural administration downwards, and help first-line managers to utilise the available resources and services and innovate the service methods of the public sector to facilitate and satisfy the public’s demands. They will also promote the standardisation of the rural service system. “One-step service” platforms will be established, and there will …read more

Founder of Serve for China Qin Yuefei accused of wrongdoing

Founder of Serve for China Qin Yuefei accused of wrongdoing

Qin Yuefei, representative of the local People’s Congress for Hunan province and founder of the non-profit “Serve for China” (黑土麥田公益), has recently faced accusations of multiple counts of ambiguous financial activities?and lack of personal and organisational?transparency. Over the past few years Yuefei has garnered much public recognition as a Yale graduate who gave up a possible six-figure salary to be a minimum wage village official in Hunan. In 2012 he was elected as the NPC’s representative for Hengshan county, and was awarded the title of “finest government official” by CCTV in 2013. Yuefei gained widespread public attention after various media outlets broadcast his inspiring story of returning to his humble …read more

How an online platform aims to provide professional career advice to 40 million rural students

How an online platform aims to provide professional career advice to 40 million rural students

“Tomoroe” or 途夢 (Tu meng), the English name combining the words “tomorrow” and “to more”, is a not-for-profit project founded by Chongqing native Yang Xueqin that invites outstanding professionals from all walks of life to share stories of their professional journeys with middle school students in remote areas through online videos. The not-for-profit, to date, has invited over 500 professionals from 150 different professions to take part in live streams, benefitting the career developments of over 50 thousand students. From 2012 to 2014, Xue Qin worked as a teacher at “Teach for China” (美麗中國) in Lincang City in Yunnan, witnessing first hand the lack of vocational and career education resources …read more

Chinese-Dutch couple changes the lives of over 200 children by playing with them all day – the story of their immersion into Yunnan's rural life

Chinese-Dutch couple changes the lives of over 200 children by playing with them all day – the story of their immersion into Yunnan’s rural life

Editor’s Note This is an adapted summary of a report originally published by the “全民公益“ WeChat account. See the Chinese original here.   In Dehong Dai and Jingpo autonomous prefecture in Yunnan, a couple have put down roots in a village far from their own origins, creating miracles everyday for eigth years for the people who live there. How hard is it to teach children in the mountains? Here, in a place the locals call the “magical house”, a young married couple has made life more exciting than can be imagined. Lessons with dancing, painting, wilderness exploration, puppet shows, hiking… When children are motivated enough run to class from 15 …read more

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

Education in Sight: an Interview with Andrew Shirman

An exclusive interview with Andrew Shirman, CEO and co-founder of Education in Sight, who talks to CDB about his efforts to bring eyeglasses to schoolchildren in rural China.

Social Work and Reverse Migration - an Interview with Professor Julian Chow

Social Work and Reverse Migration – an Interview with Professor Julian Chow

A long and in-depth interview with Berkeley professor Julian Chow on the development of the social service sector in China.

Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation

Hebian Village, a University Professor’s Experiment with Poverty Alleviation

A translated article describing a project led by professor Li Xiaoyun to help a village in the rainforests of China’s far south break out of the cycle of poverty.

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Local doctor administers vaccines for 38 years in mountainous areas of Hubei

Recently a video of doctor Wang Chunsheng, who has given vaccinations to children in mountainous areas in Xi’an county, Hubei province, for 38 years, has earned people’s attention and praise online. Doctor Wang is 63 years old this year, and he was re-employed after retirement by the health center of Xi’an county, where he was born and grew up. Back in 1975, a severe measles outbreak occurred in the area and more than 20 children were infected. Wang was an amateur doctor at that time and all he could do was witness how the villagers begged gods and shamans to expel the disease instead of accepting doctors’ help. Tragically all …read more

Child development program initiated in Yunnan province

Child development program initiated in Yunnan province

A community based child-development program has been initiated in Yiliang county, Zhaotong prefecture-level city, Yunnan Province, by the Fujian Industrial Charitable Foundation in cooperation with Heart to Heart Community Care. The prefecture is considered to be one of the poorest in China, and it is almost entirely agricultural. Heart to Heart Community Care (HHCC) is a non-profit based in Kunming which provides services to migrant workers and their families. According to HHCC, over 70% of children in Yiliang are left-behind, meaning that their parents live and work elsewhere and rarely get a chance to come home and look after them. Most of these children are looked after by their grandparents, …read more

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

This article by CASS researcher Xun Lili explores China’s recent efforts to alleviate poverty from the perspectives of sustainability and empowerment.

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