Where We Work - China

Our Results in China

  • We kept 17,628 children safe from harm.
  • More than 123,732 children got the opportunity to learn.
  • In times of crisis, 72,181 children received emergency relief.
  • More than 31,311 children had a healthy start in live.

Living in China

The standard of living in China has improved over the past 30 years; there are widening gaps between rich and poor, and urban and rural areas. Two-thirds of China's 367 million live in rural areas. Many of them, especially those from minority ethnic groups, live in remote areas and lack access to good quality health services and education.

Challenges for Children

The devastating earthquakes in 2008 and 2013 have lead to terrible suffering for thousands of young children in China. Millions of families were left homeless, forced to rebuild their lives with the little resources they had left. When disasters strike, children are especially vulnerable. Girls and boys can't go to school, The quality of education suffers due to lack of resources, and receiving healthcare becomes a struggle without the proper medical supplies.

When children lose their homes, schools and basic medical care, they have little chance of rebuilding stable lives.

Results and Impact

Immediately after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, we opened an emergency program office in Chengdu, and have since set up a permanent program.

To improve the quality of education we've been involved with teacher training in rural China since 1992, helping teachers make their lessons enjoyable and stimulating for all students. We've now extended the training to two more regions.

In impoverished communities and schools we've set up child friendly spaces. These spaces provide safe areas for children to play, learn and socialize. They also function as hubs to coordinate government units and other NGOs to offer comprehensive services for vulnerable children.

China Facts and Statistics:

  • Population: 1,355,692,576
  • Infant Death Rate: 14 in 1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 75.2 years
  • Poverty Rate: 13.4%
  • Underweight Children under 5: 3.4%
  • Human Development Rank:91 out of 187 countries
  • Maternal Death Rate: 1 in 1700 women
  • Girls' Education: 13.1 years
  • income per capita: 5720 (USD)


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2014 State of the World’s Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2014; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programme 2014; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2014

Last Updated June 2014

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