Christian Action initially chose to work in Qinghai because it is one of the *poorest and most disadvantaged provinces in China. Its people experience long and harsh winters, a cycle of debilitating poverty, and a lack of access to basic necessities such as healthcare, education and infrastructure. Although progress has been seen in Qinghai during recent years, many places are still undeveloped and many children continue to be in need.
Our ministry in Qinghai began in 1997. Now, after more than 20 years of work there, Christian Action has constructed numerous rural clinics as well as schools and winter homes for Tibetans who live in poverty, has provided financial aid to students and medical services to those in need, and is now currently co-managing five children’s homes.
*Because the Gross Domestic Product of Qinghai in 2018 (CNY 28,652,300,000) contributes to about 0.31% of the entire country’s economy, it is considered to be one of the poorest provinces and is ranked 31 out of 32. (source: http://data.stats.gov.cn)
The First Decade (1997-2006)
- Signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Qinghai Civil Affairs Bureau and Poverty Alleviation Bureau
- Built, repaired and expanded 10 schools, 2 clinics and 462 winter homes
- Co-managed Xining Children’s Home, the first children’s home in the province
The Second Decade (2007-2016)
- Opened Qinghai’s first children’s rehabilitation centre, serving children with disabilities in the home and children with disabilities from the Xining community as well as the parents of these community children
- Established the Education Grant Programme
- Donated a new medical bus as a mobile clinic to provide vital medical support to poor and remote areas in Qinghai
- Signed a 10-year service agreement
- Became the first registered overseas NGO in Qinghai and also the first organisation in China that bears "Christian" in the registered name