How an online platform aims to provide professional career advice to 40 million rural students
“Tomoroe” or 途梦 (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” (美丽中国) in Lincang City in Yunnan, witnessing first hand the lack of vocational and career education resources …read more
Let’s visit Beijing’s first eco-community!
Recently many people have been posting articles about the most environmentally friendly village in Japan, Kamikatsu, saying wouldn’t it be good if there was something like this in China? Did you know that there is also an environmentally friendly village in Beijing? It’s Changping’s Xinzhuang Village (辛庄村). In this village, not only do they practice clean environmental protection and no littering, there is also a vegetarian restaurant and every first Saturday of the month there is an environmental market! Join us and experience the village with us! Guests are welcomed to the village to the sound of the African drum music which accompanies you around the market. Even though the market …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
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
China Development Brief holds workshop for social organizations in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region
On March 20, CDB hosted a workshop for social organizations participating in the coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region (社会组织参与京津冀协同发展研讨会). Forty-six delegates from more than forty social organizations based in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei took part in the workshop, which was held in Beijing. Last year, CDB applied to conduct a Ministry of Civil Affairs project to improve the communication and resource integration among social organizations (as nonprofits are known in China) in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. As part of the project a survey of 55 social organizations in the region was conducted, which found some problems in terms of the communication and resource integration between the organizations. Within the region, …read more
Parents of autistic children start a crowdfunding to build a 500-acre-town in Anhui for their children
The Beijing Kangnazhou Autism Family Support Center held an introductory and promotional event for its Xing Xing Xiao Zhen (星星小镇) program in Haidian District, Beijing on November 12. The main purposes of the event were to introduce the Xing Xing Xiao Zhen, a planned town that is specifically designed for children suffering from autism, and recruit more parents to develop the town together. Nearly a hundred parents of autistic children attended the meeting, most of them with children in their teens and 20s. The reference models of Xing Xing Xiao Zhen are the Zelkova Home (Keyaki no Sato) in Japan and the Camphill Communities. The Zelkova Home was established in …read more
Tencent confirms suspicions of machine-generated fundraising on the “9/9 Philanthropy Day”
Over a month has passed since this year’s 9/9 Philanthropy Day, which generated a total of over 1.3 billion Yuan in donations. Although the occasion was a success, there were also unfortunately some reports of fraudulent fundraising by members of the public. In response to these reports, on October 10 Tencent publicized the relevant statistics, confirming the existence of the problem. According to the statistics, there were 25,244 accounts that each donated more than 5 times within one minute, and the resulting 234,775 donations raised a total of over 7 million Yuan and generated 3.71 million Yuan of matching donations by Tencent. However, based on Tencent’s estimates, it normally takes …read more
Third “9/9 Philanthropy Day” raises 1.3 billion
This year’s “9/9 Philanthropy Day”, the third one held so far, generated a total of over 1.3 billion Yuan in donations, including 829.9 million Yuan from the public, 299.99 million Yuan from the Tencent Foundation and 177 million Yuan from social enterprises, according to figures published by Tencent itself. This represents a very significant increase over last year’s edition. Within the three days the activity took place, from September 7 to 9, a total of 829.9 million Yuan in donations from 12.68 million donors was raised through the Tencent Charity platform, making contributions to around 6,466 charitable projects in the areas of educational assistance, medical assistance, poverty alleviation and more. Last year’s edition …read more
The third “9/9 Philanthropy Day” coming up, donations for 600 million Yuan expected
The third annual “9/9 Philanthropy Day” online charity event will take place from the 7th to the 9th of September this year. Over 120 fundraising organizations and 6,700 charitable programs will participate in the event through both online and offline channels. One of the founders of Tencent and the Tencent Charity Foundation (腾讯公益慈善基金会, the Tencent Foundation in brief), Honorary President Chen Yidan, announced that this year the Tencent Foundation plans to contribute 299.99 million Yuan in donations. The total amount of donations is expected to reach around 600 million Yuan, including 309 million Yuan coming from over 300 social groups. The 9/9 Philanthropy Day was established in 2015 by initiative of the Tencent Foundation, …read more
How are all Chinese to Escape Poverty by 2020?
The Chinese government has set the goal of eradicating poverty from China by 2020. This article summarizes the main points of a debate between some of China’s main experts on poverty alleviation, discussing how to define poverty and how the remaining pockets of deprivation in rural areas should be addressed.
Yale Graduate Qin Yuefei: Why I Decided to Become a Village Official
The inspiring story of Yale graduate Qin Yuefei, who chose to become a government official in a tiny Hunan mountain village and look for innovative ways to stimulate China’s rural development.
Zhu Jiangang on the Development of Community Foundations in China
China’s community foundations are still few in number, but the majority of those now in existence were created over the last couple of years. In this article and interview, academic and foundation director Zhu Jiangang discusses their challenges and future prospects.
Working with the Migrant Children of Beijing – an Interview with Helen Boyle
Helen Boyle is a British lady who started and runs a foundation that helps improve the education of the children of migrant workers in Beijing. Today she speaks with CDB about her work, what motivates her and what children need to be happy.
China to set up public facilities for left-behind children
China will set up social welfare facilities to support children who are left behind or in need in counties and urban districts, according to a plan released by the Chinese government. The 13th five-year plan for the implementation of social services (“十三五”社会服务兜底工程实施方案), jointly drafted by the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and China Disabled Person’s Federation, sets out the government’s work plan regarding the welfare of “left-behind” children, the elderly and the disabled. As stipulated in the plan, counties with over 500.000 people or over 200 orphans will establish child welfare facilities, in order to drive the creation of fully equipped and standardized child welfare …read more
“China City Philanthropy Index 2014-2015” issued in Beijing
The China Charity Alliance recently released the “China City Philanthropy Index 2014-2015” in Beijing. The study shows that overall China’s urban philanthropy is flourishing, the amount of donations is steadily increasing, the number of volunteers is on the rise and social organisations are developing rapidly. Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou ranked among the top ten cities. The “China City Philanthropy Index” is a set of indexing systems aimed at providing comprehensive monitoring and scientific evaluation of the regional development of Chinese charity. Its statistics and evaluations have received attention and recognition from society. This year’s Philanthropy Index considers 51 different indexes based on six aspects: social donations, voluntary work, charity …read more