China is rapidly emerging as a leading economic power and an important player in the humanitarian and development space.
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 who have yet to see the benefits of the nation’s economic growth.
Access to stable livelihoods and adequate services remains a serious challenge, and addressing social disparities is a high priority. China is prone to natural disasters and experiences frequent earthquakes, landslides, droughts and floods. The impacts of climate change are increasing the severity of these hazards. Chinese civil society aims to create improved social services, but lacks capacity to meet the needs of the population.
Today, Mercy Corps is focused on working with Chinese civil-society and private-sector partners to positively impact communities in China and around the globe. Our ongoing partnership with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has greatly increased local humanitarian and development capacity.
While Mercy Corps’ work in China is solely through partnership with local actors, we have a long history of direct program implementation in the country. For 16 years, Mercy Corps worked in China to meet urgent needs after disaster and to help communities build back stronger.
- Emergency response: Following natural disasters such as the 2008 Wenchuan, 2010 Yushu and 2013 Ya’an and 2014 Yunnan earthquakes:
- Delivered critical supplies such as non-food items and hygiene kits.
- Assisted with rebuilding infrastructure and worked with communities to reduce the risk and impact of future disasters.
- Trained community members to identify children who experience trauma after disaster and provide curriculum to help young people recover.
- Agricultural market development: Provided services to boost agricultural productivity. Developed e-commerce and farming cooperatives to grow the incomes of smallholder farmers through community-led, market-driven solutions. Worked with financial service providers to increase smallholder farmers’ access to credit, payments and savings.
- Young people & women: Empowered female and youth migrant workers by teaching job and life skills, financial and business literacy and health education. Encouraged employers to invest in the health and well-being of their female workers.
China: Support for Earthquake Survivors
More than three months after a catastrophic earthquake hit China's Sichuan Province, Mercy Corps is training local mental health professionals to support the special needs of thousands of children traumatized by the disaster.
China: Finding Hope on the Side of the Road
One day as 40-year-old Guo Peiling was rummaging around the neighborhood for his recycling business, he found a school for his youngest daughter.
China: Dandelion Seeds
Hu Yan's school days are hectic. She takes a full course load, including math, English, science and ethics. And her 45-minute lunch period affords no time to relax.
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: 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: 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.