Child Poverty in China

Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on World Vision operations in China

The coronavirus (now named COVID-19 by the World Health Organization) is a respiratory illness that appears to be spread by person-to-person contact. It was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in late December 2019. The epidemic has since spread to other parts of China and the world and killed over 1,800 people, mostly in China. However, while the number of confirmed infections continues to rise, the rate of growth is slowing.

World Vision Canada is currently providing financial assistance to World Vision China in response to the coronavirus epidemic.

World Vision China operates in five communities located in affected areas of the country, but to date the communities themselves report no infections. No sponsored children or World Vision staff have been infected. However, because of the rapid spread of the epidemic, the outbreak is beginning to impact those communities, particularly in terms of a shortage of medical supplies.

UPDATE: Some World Vision activities have been temporarily suspended. These include:

•    Sponsor Correspondence

•    Sponsor Queries 

•    Gift Notifications

•    Sponsor Visits

Additional developments:

•    Sponsored children and their families are being monitored for signs of coronavirus infection

•    Special situation updates for sponsored children will continue but reporting times may be longer than usual

World Vision China has a created a dedicated Coronavirus Response Team to monitor the situation and plan further response.

The immediate response consists of:
  • meeting the shortage of medical supplies (N95 respirators, infrared thermometers, medical protective clothing, etc.);  
  •   and equipping local governments, health departments and hospitals in project locations to increase their capacity to detect and treat cases, as well as improve public education and awareness.

Additionally, World Vision staff are monitoring sponsored children, including via WeChat and phone calls, when staff is unable to visit the communities in person.

For more information, please call us at 1-800-654-2650.

China has benefitted from a rapidly growing economy but child poverty in China remains a persistent issue, especially in rural areas. World Vision invests in child development through education and health support and supporting small scale infrastructure projects in water and sanitation systems.

Child rights and protection is another priority. Parents are learning about raising their children in safe and nurturing environments, and children and youth are participating in local decisions that affect their lives. We’ve also launched programs to care for children left behind when their parents migrate to cities to find jobs—a common practice in rural areas where work is scarce.

Your impact in China

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
  • 2,923 children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies
  • 3 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 522 children learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 708 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.

  • 48 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 86 parents and caregivers learned about proper feeding practices and how to keep their children well nourished
  • 48 parents and caregivers learned about common childhood illnesses and how to protect their children's health
  • We partnered with a local organization to promote the importance of breastfeeding for the first six months as a way to ensure good health and nutrition for babies
  • 13,670 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources
  • 26 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
  • 52 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.
  • 1 child who dropped out of school were reintegrated to the education system with the help of local volunteers
  • 402 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 673 children are getting extra help to improve their reading and writing through camps and classes
  • 805 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.
  • 4 people received vocational, business and finance training, improving their opportunities to earn a steady income
*Results reported for projects in this country from October 2017 to September 2018

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