Child Poverty in China

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:
  • 882,243 community members and medical staff were given personal protective equipment like soap, hygiene kits, and gloves
  • 47,579 hygiene kits including soap, jerry cans, and handwashing supplies were given to community members
  • 29,374 hand-washing supplies like soap, detergent, and buckets were given to community members
  • 36 health facilities were given training or supplies as part of our COVID-19 response
  • 50,178 information materials about COVID-19 were shared in public places, in print, and online
Results of World Vision Canada’s covid-19 response in China, in partnership with other World Vision offices, from March to September 2020
  • 9 pregnant women and new mothers took part in health and nutrition training
  • 22 villages have infant nutrition communication plans in place
  • 85 community members have participated in activities at least twice that teach about exclusively breastfeeding babies until six months of age
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in China funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 7,651 children participated in child protection activities
  • 5 communities organized activities that raise awareness about child violence
  • 611 community members received child protection training
  • 396 community members learned about child protection and how to report abuse
  • 75 child protection services have improved
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in China funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 80 teachers were trained on new ways to teach literacy and numeracy
  • 15 schools have implemented life skills curriculum
  • 1,365 kids received education support from us, like school supplies, bags, uniforms, school fees, transport, or wheelchairs
  • 1,435 books are available for every school-aged child
  • 262 school children have scheduled reading time for at least 30 minutes every week
Results of World Vision Canada's projects in China funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020
  • 3 schools have emergency warning equipment and systems in place
  • 2 communities have updated early warning and preparedness systems
  • 28 men and women learned to increase their market power by buying and selling in groups
  • 41 farmers who went to our training used the new farming methods they learned
  • 112 people we trained learned how to prevent and cope with future disasters

Results of World Vision Canada's projects in China funded by child sponsorship, from October 2019 to September 2020 in partnership with the World Food Programme

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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.