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About the Situation

By the Numbers

More than 1.3 billion people live in China

157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day

The richest fifth of China’s population controls nearly half of the country’s wealth.

(Source: The World Bank)

While China has made strides in reducing poverty in recent decades, it is still home to the second-largest population of impoverished people in the world. To make matters worse, efforts to assist the poor are impeded because of inaccessibility to the remote and rural areas in which most of them live.

Education is becoming ever more important in raising income and living standards; however, access to education is limited in China’s remote areas—due to both expense and distance. This perpetuates the cycle of poverty, and the wide gap between the rich and the poor.

How Islamic Relief is Helping

Islamic ReliefTM launched its aid efforts in China in response to the 2002 Shaanxi floods. Following the initial emergency phase, Islamic Relief partnered with local population to build new homes in four villages. Islamic Relief China then opened to sustain ongoing efforts.

Islamic Relief donors helped Sha Ximei in China break the cycle of poverty
and become an entrepreneur.

Sha Ximei

Read her story to learn how.

Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief has supported in China:

ISLAMIC MICROFINANCE FOR PINGLIANG
Active

More than 1,300 families in the Kongtong district of Pingliang City in Gansu Province are benefiting from business-development support. Families have received improved access to interest-free credit so they can invest in income-generating activities, and farmers have received support and training on improved practices.

RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

UDHIYAH/QURBANI DISTRIBUTION
Seasonal

EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Completed

A devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit China in May 2008, affecting the lives of more than 14 million people across the country. Islamic Relief was quick to respond, and provided emergency aid, which included food distribution and reconstructions services.

FUYUN INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT
Completed

New irrigation systems and other agricultural projects helped boost revenues for hundreds of farmers in the Kongtong district.

HAIYUAN ECOLOGICAL MANAGEMENT
Completed

This project provided 1,500 farmers in Haiyuan county with a rainwater system to supply drinking water, as well as livestock. Teams also introduced more productive methods of farming and improved soil and water conversation through terracing and contoured planting.

HUAN XIAN RAINWATER CATCHMENT
Completed

This project provided safe drinking water for 220 families in Huan Xian County.

TONGIJANG EDUCATION, HEALTH AND WATER SUPPLY PROGRAM
Completed

More than 1,300 residents of Tonjiang County received assistance to develop sanitation, health and education systems, improving overall living conditions in the community.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate

by organizing and attending local fundraisers that support IRUSA’s efforts.

Advocate

by sharing information about IRUSA’s efforts with your social media networks.

Donate

to the China Humanitarian Aid fund to support efforts like these.