Foster inclusive growth for people who have not yet benefited from China’s rapid development. Help local communities tackle the complex challenges faced by rural and urban poor. Improve resilience and empower young people to become entrepreneurs.
While China’s growing economy has created new opportunities for many, the widening gap between rich and poor has created new social and economic challenges, specifically for vulnerable people in rural areas and migrant youth in urban areas. Access to stable livelihoods and adequate services remains a serious challenge.
Addressing social disparities is now a high priority. China is prone to disasters and has frequent earthquakes, landslides, droughts, and floods. The impacts of climate change are increasing the severity of these hazards. Chinese civil society has the desire to create improved social services, but lacks capacity to meet the needs of the population.
- Children & Youth: Improving psychosocial well-being and resilience of vulnerable children in rural areas and fostering a supporting system within communities. Improving life skills and entrepreneurship to prepare youth for the job market.
- Disaster preparedness: Helping local governments, civil society organizations and communities prepare for natural disasters while improving local livelihoods. Building and improving the capacity of children and their communities in disaster risk management.
- Agriculture & Food: Working with farmers to improve their knowledge and skills, connecting them with markets and introducing them to e-commerce.
- Economic opportunity: Strengthening financial literacy and access to financial services for rural farming families, especially youth and women.
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China: Planting Day
For many families throughout the world, the spring days when family gardens are planted are a cherished annual tradition. As seeds are sown, loved ones take time to talk, laugh and share thoughts. With any luck, the food grown in the family plot will nourish them later that year.
China: Perfect Harmony Family
China: Both Ends of the Long Road
It is a long road between southwestern China’s myriad green hillocks and the congested outskirts of the country’s teeming cities.
China: A Song of Sadness
Mahai Azhi’s soft smile belies the tragedies she’s endured in her young life. She was orphaned several years ago when both parents were taken to prison for selling heroin. Her father has since passed away; her mother remains in jail.
China: Q&A with Guo Xin
Guo Xin seemed destined for her job.
China: From Grief to Hope
The 56-year-old woman stood and stared at the makeshift stage in Zhuhe Township’s market. Hundreds of other spectators watched the performance alongside her, but to Lee Tuluo, the actors spoke only to her.
China: Living and Learning Together
When I visited Zhuhe Township, I had the opportunity to meet, interview and visit the homes of a half-dozen young women at the school. One thing I noticed was the absence of middle-age men nearly everywhere we went; there was a father present at only one of the family houses.
China: Bringing a Culture Back from the Brink
Professor Hou Yuangao has spent his career studying southwest China’s rich cultures. Today, alongside Mercy Corps, he’s helping save and preserve his own endangered ethnic group.
China: The China Few Have Seen
I believe you can learn a lot about a place from the journey to get there. I've never traveled to a place where this was as true as it is for Zhuhe Township, China.
China: An Ancient Culture Confronts New Challenges
Family life in China’s Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture is often isolated. “Liangshan” itself means “cool mountain” in Mandarin Chinese. Indeed, family farms of the Yi ethnic group are scattered among the rolling mountains, often several hours’ walking distance from the nearest town.