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: 2016

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.
  • 425 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 26 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 33 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 2 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 55 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication.
  • 5 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases.
  • 8,520 individuals including children have safe water for drinking and cooking thanks to new or repaired water sources.
  • 52 latrines in homes, schools or the community are providing improved access to sanitation for children and families.
  • 255 people including children are benefitting from latrines and have better access to sanitation.
  • 73 farmers learned techniques to improve crop and livestock production to better provide for their children and families.
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.

Explore Yulong

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Yulong

Many schools in Yulong lack essential teaching facilities, especially those needed for teaching information technology. It is still common to have one teacher for an entire school. There are a high number of primary and secondary school buildings in disrepair. Over 200 schools need to be rebuilt.

Due to financial difficulties and the long distance to the nearest school, many students are not able to complete the compulsory nine years of general education. Many students have to live in school dormitories in order to pursue their education. Unfortunately, these dormitories are much too small, and several students often have to share a single bed.

Health Care
While 95.5% of Yulong's population is comprised of rural families, this group has access to only 30% of the available medical resources. The differences between the health conditions of urban and rural residents are drastic, which often impacts women and children the most.

The few existing medical clinics are borrowed rooms in other buildings that lack basic equipment. Most clinics have only one or two doctors with basic training to see to over 2,000 patients. Ultimately, the lack of timely and effective medical treatment result in complications during birth and high mortality rates for women and children.

HIV and AIDS is becoming a problem in Yulong, as many outsiders have brought drug use and sex work into the community along with the growing tourist industry. Awareness education is needed to help people become knowledgeable about the disease and how to prevent its spread.

Water and Sanitation
Access to clean water is an issue in Yulong. The overall levels of hygiene and sanitation in the community are low as a result.

Economic Development
The area around Yulong used to have plentiful forests but over time, people have depleted them, cutting trees as their main source of income. Since the government's implementation of a forestry conservation policy in 1999, 95% of the rural population now depends on farming and animal husbandry to earn an income.

The main cash crop is white kidney beans, however their market price has been steadily decreasing. It's been difficult for farmers to find other suitable cash crops with which to increase their incomes. Community members also struggle to earn much of an income from animal husbandry due to their lack of modern techniques, vaccination systems, and start-up capital.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Yulong,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.