In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, our teams are doing everything we can to build plans to keep children and our staff protected and healthy.
Save the Children China has delivered 36,000 face masks to hospitals in Wuhan with support from local volunteers. The delivery follows China’s acknowledgment of the shortage of face masks, goggles and protective suits.
Learn more about the coronavirus and Save the Children’s history of responding to global pandemic threats.
Help Save Children in China
The standard of living in China is improving, but there is still work to do to close the gap between the rich and the poor. Ranked first in the world in total population, 58% of the population live in urban areas, while the 42% in rural areas lack access to quality heath services and education.
The Challenge for Children in China
The children in rural areas have little access to healthcare or education. Children in China need your help.*
- 95% of girls 15 and older are literate
- 8% of school-age children are out of school
10 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday
- 3% of people live in poverty
Our Work for Children in China
Since 1992, Save the Children has been committed to improving the quality of education for Chinese children in rural areas. In impoverished communities and schools, we foster teacher training and 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 offering services to vulnerable children.
In addition to being the most populous country in the world, China is also prone to devastating earthquakes. One of the deadliest – the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008 – left millions homeless and led to suffering of many children. In response to this need, Save the Children opened our emergency program office in Chengdu, which became a permanent program, helping in subsequent earthquakes like the Ya’an earthquake in 2013 and the 6.5 magnitude Sichuan earthquake in August 2017.
- Protected 31,694 children from harm
- Supported 25,193 children in times of crisis
- Provided 108,515 children with a healthy start in life
- Supported 709 parents to provide for their children’s basic needs
- Gave 10,000 children vital nourishment
How to Help Children in China
Support Save the Children’s mission. Donate to help children in China, and around the world, survive and thrive.
Sponsor a Child
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Sources: * Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2018 End of Childhood Report. You can access detailed data here. Other sources as follows: Population: CIA World Factbook 2015; The World Bank, 2016; Unesco Institute for Statistics (UIS)
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