Yulong's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 

The Yulong community is located at the junction of the Qinghai-Tibet and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateaus. The altitude varies greatly and the landscape is dominated by high mountains, steep slopes, and deep gorges, which makes it particularly prone to natural disasters. Earthquakes, droughts, floods, and hailstorms are all common.

The name “Yulong means "Jade Dragon, and was chosen because of the famous “Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. The 13 peaks of this mountain are situated at the northern end of the Lijiang basin, forming the illusion of a translucent jade dragon dancing in the air. The highest peak reaches an elevation of 5,596 metres. At 4,500 meters, the glacier on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the southern-most glacier in China today.

Yulong's fragile rivers are very prone to natural disasters, with frequent earthquakes, landslides, floods, snowstorms, droughts, and hailstorms. Most of the families here live on remote homesteads in the mountains and semi mountainous areas, where the land is arid and the climate is harsh. This makes it difficult to grow crops. Production levels are low and there's a lack of stable income among residents.

Currently, most households still rely on wood for cooking and heating their homes, which further depletes the already shrinking forests and threatens the ecological environment. The local economy is still at a traditional agricultural stage that can only meet the basic survival needs of community members. Education and health care services are underdeveloped and the community is struggling to move forward.
Child Protection
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 3 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 708 people participated in campaigns to educate the public about child rights and safety
  • 99 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 10 children are participating in clubs to develop new skills, have fun and build friendships
  • 180 children were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication
  • 2 clubs are giving children a safe space to develop new skills and have fun
  • 7 teachers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 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 2018 to September 2019
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community to:
  • Partner with the bureau of education to help improve the quality of teaching and increase the number of teachers.
  • Improve the quality and safety of schools infrastructure.
  • Encourage young people to access non-formal education to help them secure better jobs. Reduce the number of children dropping out of school.

Health Care
With the partnership of Canadian sponsors and the community, World Vision will work to:
  • Improve families access to basic medical and health care services.
  • Increase nutrition levels in children under the age of five with educational nutrition programs and distribution of micronutrients, like vitamin A, iron, iodine, and folic acid.

To combat the spread and stigma of HIV & AIDS, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Organize HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns to educate community members about the symptoms and spread of the illness.

Community Leadership
In partnership with sponsors, World Vision will work with families in the community to:
  • Promote the development of disaster preparedness plans to help reduce loss of life and damage to property and resources.
  • Promote environmental protection for sustainable livelihoods.
  • Restore ecosystems by reducing families dependence on forest vegetation for firewood and income.

Water and Sanitation
In partnership with families and sponsors, World Vision will work with the community to:
  • Educate community members about sanitation and hygiene. Increase families access to safe drinking water.

Economic Development
To ensure parents in Yulong can provide for their families, World Vision will partner with the community to:
  • Provide agricultural training programs and tools for home gardens to increase food security.
  • Increase farmers access to animal husbandry care and capital to strengthen and expand existing businesses.
  • Educate farmers about environment protection and soil management to help increase their agricultural productivity.
  • Train farmers in modern agricultural techniques.
  • Explore the potential for planting different cash crops.