Even though we think of China as having very populated, massive cities, most of the population lives in rural areas. Conversely, most of the employment opportunities exist in urban areas. The imbalance results in a large segment of poor families living in rural areas of China. In fact, rural areas experience 2.5 times higher poverty rates than urban areas.
A rural family relies mainly on farming activities for income, which yield very low levels of productivity and revenue. Additionally, there are several realities that make an agricultural way of life even harder in rural China:
The trend is for the male population to move to the urban areas in search of more sustainable income. The women are left to carry the burden of caring for the children and elders. Women are becoming the primary source of physical labor along with their children. The men that stay are working six days a week in the fields in a continual cycle of poverty.
When you provide for basic needs like clean water and education, families stay together and are free to explore ways to improve their lives.
Problem: extreme drought
Solution: clean water storage
Funding: various, public
During a sumer recent drought, Zhao Fang’s fields dried up. His corn didn’t grow and his family was in physical and financial trouble.
Because of your generous support, we were able to build six water storage units for Zhao Fang’s community. Now his corn grows abundantly and his family is well fed.
About six months after the water storage unit was constructed, a Project Partner team visited Zhao Fang. Zhao ran out to meet our van and insisted we come to his home to taste his corn.
Through a translator, he thanked us for not only saving his crops and feeding his family, but also for caring for him. Tears of joy rolled down his cheeks as he repeated, “Xie Xie, Xie xie, Shàngdì bǎoyòu nǐ.”
In English, “Thank you, thank you, God bless you.”
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