Wushan

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: 


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.
  • 40 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children
  • 10 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
  • 1 water source is providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases

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

Education
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.