Key Challenges for children in China
- China is particularly vulnerable to typhoons, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, and droughts.
- 30 million people are still living below the poverty line, especially in rural areas.
- Many water sources are polluted due to untreated waste.
- Despite recent government efforts to reduce industrial pollution, smog and air pollution contribute to nearly 1.6 million premature deaths a year.
How your support is helping children like Fang
Outdated books and a lack of resources meant many school libraries in rural China were barely used, and kids rarely read for fun. But thanks to you, Plan International’s Library Information Management Program is breathing new life into libraries by updating materials and recruiting student volunteers.
Youth are learning how to catalog and check out books with kid-friendly software, and making library cards for fellow students to encourage them to read. Teachers are joining in by incorporating reading activities and contests into their lessons.
Fang, a library volunteer, is hooked. She’s discovered a deep love of reading and an exciting new career path too.
“When I grow up,” Fang says, “I want to be a college librarian and develop a great software to help people read more!”