The Remarkable Online Volunteers of the COVID-19 Outbreak
During the chaotic first few weeks of lockdown in Hubei province, social media presented some medical professionals with a tool to set up a network of volunteers and help infected people in their own homes.
Civil Society Finds New Paths in Wuhan
Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, small groups of volunteers are coming together to help vulnerable groups with special needs in Wuhan and Hubei.
Volunteer in Wuhan dies after getting infected
Pengpai News (澎湃新闻) has reported on the death of a volunteer in Wuhan who became infected with the coronavirus pneumonia. The volunteer, named He Hui, was 54 years old and a member of the Wuhan Voluntary Driver Team. Volunteers recruited by a charity in Wuhan told Pengpai that He Hui was a member of a medical staff volunteer team. Public information shows that the duty of the volunteer team is to transport medical staff to work and back home. He Hui was a native of Wuhan. Before and after the Eve of the Chinese New Year, he had mentioned that he would join the volunteer team. “You should contribute whatever you have …read more
CASS releases blue book on Chinese charity in 2018
According to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ new Charity Blue Book, in 2018 the total amount of social donations in China was about 112.8 billion yuan, a 26% decrease compared to 2017. On the other hand, the contribution value of volunteer services increased by more than 50% from 2017. On July 13, 2019, the “2019 Charity Blue Book Launch Conference and Chengdu Charity Forum” was held in Chengdu, Sichuan. Nearly 80 people from charity, academia, enterprises, media and the public sector attended the event. Yang Tuan, a researcher from the Institute of Sociology of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, consultant of the Social Policy Center and …read more
200,000 youth volunteers will provide services during the Chunyun period
The 2019 Spring Festival is just around the corner, and it is estimated that around 2.99 billion trips will be completed during the Spring Festival travel rush, known as the Chunyun. This year’s Chunyun will go from January 21 to March 1. During this period millions of city-dwellers take trains, buses and planes to go home, and this mass migration can be an overwhelming scene. It brings challenges regarding transportation capacity and public security, and places a heavy burden on the shoulders of those who work on the front lines. On the first day of the Chunyun, an activity with the theme “volunteers for Chunyun” was held in the West …read more
People’s Daily reports on Chinese volunteers overseas
The People’s Daily recently reported on two cases of Chinese volunteers taking part in humanitarian work overseas. The first case is that of Wang Ziming, a graduating senior and international volunteer of the Common Future Fund (a social organization) who went to Lebanon in July with three other volunteers. While there the volunteers taught percussions, painting and Chinese calligraphy to refugee children from neighbouring Syria. Because these children had spent a long time in a war-zone, most of them hadn’t had access to a good education, Wang said. However he was impressed by their experiences of loss, their longing for home and their dreams. The volunteers did their best to …read more
Experimental volunteering program for high school students takes place in Beijing
The Charity Times recently interviewed Guo Xinbao, director of the China Soong Chingling Youth Technology and Cultural Exchange Center (中国宋庆龄青少年科技文化交流中心), who introduced an experimental volunteer activity carried out by his center that can shed light on the development of youth volunteering in China. Guo explained that at present volunteering activities are like a one-way practice, in which the host provides the opportunity to take part, but the volunteers cannot really acquire practical program experience or knowledge. This sort of activity generally fails to attract the interest of the young. When it comes to traditional volunteering activities like picking up cigarette ends and wiping guardrails, parents tend to be less supportive due to safety …read more
Can Chinese Philanthropy Adapt to the Changes in the Country’s Set-up?
CDB’s translation of a talk by Yang Tuan, CASS researcher and chief editor of this year’s Blue Book of Philanthropy, on how Chinese philanthropy needs to adapt if it is to maintain its relevance.
Volunteer from Hangzhou recounts her experience teaching Chinese in Nepal
In March 2017, a young Chinese woman named Lucia Wang went to teach in Nepal as part of an international volunteer program organized by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation. She went on her own to Dolakha, a mountainous area far from the capital of Kathmandu, and worked there for 150 days teaching Chinese to local children. Recently, an article by Lucia talking about her time volunteering in Nepal was published on the Foundation’s website. It is but one example of the experiences had by the increasing number of young Chinese who choose to engage in volunteering and charity work abroad. In the article, Lucia explains that before volunteering in Nepal, she had …read more
Chinese volunteer organization spearheads anti-poaching efforts in Africa
Universal Tactical Association volunteers at their training center in Beijing. On May 15, the Universal Tactical Association (UTA) held a farewell meeting for their Africa Anti-poaching Voluntary Action Committee at a training center in Beijing. During the meeting, the founder of the committee made a presentation introducing the program and the work that the anti-poaching group hopes to achieve while in Africa. Comprised of six men and two women, the group of eight volunteers will perform fieldwork across the 2000 square kilometers of Zimbabwe’s National Park over the course of two months, using small surveillance aircrafts, ATVs and rafts to engage in patrolling activities throughout the park. They hope to …read more
New survey reveals that China ranks low for charitable behaviour
In 2015, Gallup surveyed 145,000 people in 140 countries with three questions about their charitable behaviour. The survey results, which were released last September, show that 24% of Chinese respondents claimed to have helped a stranger within the last month, and 6% to have donated money to a charitable organization. Furthermore, 5% of Chinese respondents had done volunteer work within the last month, which was higher than the percentage in Egypt and Bosnia-Herzegovina. While tens of millions of people are included in these percentages, they are in fact low compared to other nations, so much so that China came last overall out of all the countries surveyed. China’s low ranking …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
Relief goods for China’s Western regions depart from Beijing
A ceremony marking the first annual departure of trucks with “Warming the Western Regions” relief goods was held by the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association, the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation and the Communist Youth League Committee of Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Tongzhou Districts in Beijing on October 17th. The chairman of the eighth branch of the Revolutionary Committee of the Chinese Kuomingtang in Dongcheng District Lou Penglin, Vice-chairman Luo Peilin, the secretary general of the Beijing Public Service Development Promotion Association Sun Pengfei and the secretary general of the Beijing Blue Butterfly Foundation Zhang Shijie were all in attendance. The “Warming the Western Regions” project, begun in 2006, is China’s …read more