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: All-China Youth Federation Delegation to Oregon, June 2010
Mercy Corps has worked with the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) to develop the Social Innovator Leadership Program.
China: Welcoming Mercy Corps' newest friends
While Mercy Corps works in dozens of far-flung locations across the world, we are proud to call the state of Oregon and the city of Portland home. It’s the place that nurtured the culture of innovation, collaboration, and optimism (with a touch of scrappiness) that we prize to this day.
China: Young earthquake survivors in Qinghai start to tell their story
Sometimes it’s the intangibles that can make all the difference in healing after a disaster.
China: Not one missed
A coupon is a simple piece of paper, but a popular way for customers to exchange something in return for a product or service. Here in Yushu, coupons are helping us a lot in our work by reducing the risk of unfair distribution.
China: Two thousand hygiene kits unloaded in Yushu
The truck full of 2,000 hygiene kits — covered with dust and mud — at last arrived in Yushu on the evening of April 26. Their journey from Chengdu, the capital of neighboring Sichuan Province, totaled 1,200 kilometers and 50 hours.
China: Hope and hygiene kits for China’s Qinghai quake zone
Hope is the word that comes to mind now when I see Yushu County, the heaviest hit area from the April 14th tremor in Qinghai Province.
China: Tears in Yushu – Chinese mourn one week after the earthquake
At 10:00 a.m. on April 21st, just as the snow began to fall, Yushu County was crying.
China: Helping local organizations respond as best they can
Yushu County is normally a picturesque area, located in the eastern part of the Tibetan Plateau, about 3,800 meters above sea level. However, it is also one of China’s nationally recognized “poverty counties,” and the horrific earthquake last week almost totally destroyed this beautiful little corner of the Tibetan region.
China: Struggles in Qinghai — notes from the earthquake zone
Today is the fourth day since the devastating 7.1 Qinghai Earthquake took so many lives, livelihoods and homes. I was anxious to get out to Qinghai.
China: Helping inform policy in China
Tomorrow, I will be representing Mercy Corps China at the National Post-disaster Psychosocial Response Plan Review Seminar, organized by School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University.