Rural Communities

  • Growing Home

    Growing Home is a Beijing-based organization founded in 2008 with the mission of addressing critical youth development issues in China, including youth values, employment and career development, youth psychology, mobility, and more. By developing professional and innovative life education products, Growing Home seeks to fill a gap in the current education system by serving the psychological and emotional needs that arise during the course of a child’s development. In China, there are over 60 million “left behind” children whose parents have gone to other cities to make a living. Many of them live on school campuses, starting as early as age five. Due to separation from their parents, a lack of attention, and insufficient resources at these village schools, several “left behind” children suffer from emotional anxiety and behavioral problems. To address these issues, Growing Home has developed a low-cost and scalable intervention program: an audio library of 1001 bedtime stories, along with teacher training on story teaching. Having tested this approach through a pilot program with positive outcomes, Growing Home plans to expand its services to over 1000 rural primary schools in the next 2 to 3 years to serve 2,000,000 children.

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  • Sulou Junior Youth English Training Center

    Suolu Junior Youth English Training Center (Suolu), located in Lijiang City in Yunnan province, is a nonprofit dedicated to discovering the potential and raising the moral capabilities of youth. Suolu promotes character development, including values of exploration, independent thinking and questioning, mutual respect and support, as well as community service through the use of an English story-based curriculum. Suolu is working with three schools as well as three villages to implement the program. In addition, it trains teachers and facilitators to guide students to design their own community service projects, including environmental action projects, elderly care, and mentorship of younger students. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has directly impacted nearly 6000 rural youth.

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  • Watercool

    WaterCool is a social enterprise owned by China’s very first water fund-Shanshui Trust, which successfully integrates multiple social resources, including farmers, financial institutions, NPOs and downstream firms of agricultural production chain, to formulate an interactive, collaborative and shared prospect. “WaterCool” achieves conservation goals by improving water quality and eliminating man-made pollution within the catchment area. At the same time, “WaterCool” creates a unique mechanism for sustainable funding and achieves collaborative development by establishing profitable eco-agriculture and eco-tourism based on well-preserved ecosystems. Profit generated by those eco-friendly businesses will be reinvested into conservation purpose, such as expansion of protected area and ecological restoration work on those areas.

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  • Yanxing

    Yanxing was founded in 2002 by a Taiwanese businessman, York Chen, with the goal of providing financial, emotional and professional support for rural students who study at top universities in China. Meaning “movement of wild geese,” the name of Yanxing alludes to the flight formation of geese, in which the group can achieve far greater distances together than as an individual. When rural students move to cities to continue their studies, they often struggle to close the academic gap that stems from their rural upbringing while dealing with cultural shock, emotional insecurities, and social isolation in an alien environment. In addition to providing financial aid for rural students to continue their studies, Yanxing offers a community and support network to empower these students to make more full use of opportunities in the cities, build their confidence, and broaden their exposure. Driven by the belief that students are as much agents as they are beneficiaries, Yanxing fosters the students’ ability to organize their own events ranging from community outreach trips to professional internships. The Yanxing community now consists of eight schools, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University, and others.

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