PLAN INTERNATIONAL IN CHINA

We have been working in China's poorest rural areas since 1995, helping children, families and communities to access healthcare, education, and water and sanitation.

CHALLENGES

China has made huge progress in social and economic development in the past 20 years, but poverty is deepening among the most vulnerable groups.

More than 200 million people live below the poverty line.

  • Many children are missing out on basic education and healthcare.
  • Preventable injuries and accidental deaths among children are increasing.
  • Many communities face natural and man-made disasters.
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Children playing in a child-friendly space, two weeks after a major earthquake.
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A girl reads educational materials supported by Plan International.
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Children learn how to wash their hands at a training day supported by Plan International.

How we're helping

In some of the poorest villages in China, Plan International's children's centres are where parents learn how to make sure their children get enough nutritious food. They are also being trained to spot common childhood illnesses, and provide children with medicine to help them recover quickly.

Children and families are also learning how good hygiene can lead to good health.

We're running events in schools and children's centres to promote hand washing. Children take the lead, whether it's performing singing and dancing shows for their parents to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day, or running quizzes and competitions. Children can be key to making change happen, as they pass what they've learned on to their families.

To improve education we're helping local authorities develop better teaching methods - and training teachers to use them - while encouraging parents to get involved in their children's education.