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
Medical centre for children’s eye care built in Tibet
On August 26 a permanent medical centre for children’s eye care was launched at the People’s Hospital of Lhasa, the capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, as part of the Eye Care Action Program. The center is the result of an agreement which the Hoson Foundation and the Beijing Children’s Hospital, subordinated to the Capital Medical University, respectively signed with the People’s Hospital of Lhasa. According to the agreement, the medical centre aims to popularise eyesight examinations for children, build a case system, spread eye care knowledge for children, assist eye care research in high altitude areas and carry out telemedicine and medical training. The building of the permanent eye care centre …read more
Project to send students to live in villages celebrated in Beijing
An inspired speech on youth was delivered in Peking University’s Main Hall on July 2 as part of the annual celebration of Eagle Plan, a project organized by the Youchange China Social Entrepreneur Foundation and the Junhe Innovation Foundation. The project was launched by the Youchange Foundation in 2011. It aims to encourage aspirational and inclusive youth to experience one year of life in China’s villages so that their social responsibility and activism can be inspired, eventually making a difference to society. Up to now the project has allowed 105 students to live with local people in China’s villages, covering over 10 provinces and 20 locations. These young people have …read more
Upward in Life, Forward in the NGO sector
Xiaoxue, a young mother, presents a touching story of how a Chinese NGO worker grew into her role. In the article we can bear witness to her relentless search for justice and the meaning of life, and her aspirations for social reform.
Falling in Love with philanthropy
After becoming the only full-time employee of a start-up private foundation for education in 2013, Yao Rui, a girl from Hunan, blazed a trail forward in mid-western China, a region that is seen as a vacuum by private Chinese foundations looking for NGOs with whom to cooperate. Her active efforts and positive attitude heralded a whole new phase for the work of private foundations in the region.