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: 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
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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: Q&A with Guo Xin
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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.