Wushan'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 Wushan community is located in northwest China. It is an arid region that only receives about 500 mm of precipitation each year. 84.6% of the land in the community is made up of mountains. Wushan has an agricultural society that plants crops like wheat, potato, corn, broomcorn, oilseed, and medical herbs. Due to the landscape's steep slopes, irrigation is difficult, and crops aren't always abundant or profitable.

Clean, safe drinking water is hard to come by. During times of drought, people in the community must live on less than two litres of water a day. Infrastructure like roads, hospitals, and schools are in poor condition. The quality of education students receive is not preparing them for success in the future. Children under the age of five are often malnourished and mothers need improved pre and postnatal care.
  • 28 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 2 schools were upgraded to provide a better learning environment for students.
  • 137 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children.
  • 555 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child's learning.
  • 11 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.
  • 2,500 individuals including children are better equipped to protect themselves from disasters and respond to emergencies.

Explore Wushan

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 Wushan

There is a need for improved teaching resources in Wushan. Poor infrastructure and the lack of skilled teachers are not helping students stay motivated in school. The dropout rate here is high. Some youth drop out of school to become migrant workers, where the jobs are often low paying and require hard physical labour. In these harsh environments, abuses of labour laws are common.

Health Care
The Wushan community lacks adequate health care facilities. Improved programs and information about nutrition are needed to help keep families and children healthy.

Economic Development
A lack of water resources severely affects farmers ability to increase their crop yields. This limited amount of water also negative impacts animal husbandry businesses, as these large-scale operations require a lot of water. Many young men and adults in the community have little understanding of labour laws and often become victim to exploitative working situations as migrant workers.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Wushan,  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.