China, Yaozhou ADP

China, Yaozhou ADP

Project ID: 
Impact Area Population: 86,300 people
Programme Lifespan: 2015 – 2027
Children Available for Sponsorship
(as of Feb 2019):
For more information on the community and World Vision’s interventions, download the detailed ADP profile (in PDF).

World Vision first began working in the project area in 2005, in collaboration with the local community and authorities. Yaozhou ADP formally started in 2015 and the target population are ethnic Han. It is located in the Tongchuan Prefecture and has been identified by the government as a poverty-stricken county.

While China has been experiencing economic growth, rural areas have been lagging behind.Poverty rate in the community is 16.5%, as measured by the percentage of the population living on less than S$500 a year.

Because of the difficult living environment and underdeveloped infrastructure in rural areas, there is rapid rural-urban migration. The resulting problem of children and women being left at home when men leave to work in the city is significant. The proportion of left-behind children in Yaozhou is about 30.3%, higher than the national average of about 21.9%.

For children living in mountainous communities, the nearest school is sometimes 5km away from home. These schools are usually located in private houses or abandoned buildings. The infrastructure is poor and there are not enough learning materials. There is also a limited pool of teachers and the quality of education is low.

Water sources in Yaozhou district are limited and unevenly distributed. The water consumption in the ADP is only at 43.2% of the minimum international standard. Sediments and impurities are often found in drinking water and can lead to health issues. There are generally no flush toilets in households and bacteria in outdoor septic tanks fester in the summer. These factors create an environment where infectious diseases spread easily.

Key Challenges: 
1. Economic poverty resulting from low incomes
2. Significant number of left-behind children due to rural-urban migration
3. Insufficient sources of clean water and lack of sanitation
4. Low education levels of the community and not enough school facilities
Programme Goal: 

To contribute to child well-being so that children can grow up happily, through partnerships with the community and local leaders.