PIH provides scholarships to students ranging from elementary school to high school. We also build latrines, donate books, help construct facilities and aid teachers who are teaching English in impoverished areas. Helping children have access to a clean environment and higher education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and victimization.

 

In recent years, China’s 247 million children have experienced growing access to a higher standard of living.  However, the disparity between rural and urban living conditions remains vast.  In major cities, expensive cars and name brand clothing are becoming the norm.  However, approximately 12.5% of Yunnan’s 45.7 million people still live below the absolute poverty level with the majority living in rural agrarian societies.

Furthermore, 1 in 5 are “left behind” children.  Parents move to the city to find work, while depending on grandparents to raise the children. China offers free education through elementary school, but attending high school is at personal expense.  The average girl attends school only until the age of 13, increasing her chances of being sold or otherwise forced into labor, marriage, or prostitution significantly.

 

*Sources: CIA World Factbook, Yunnan Census Results, and ilo.org

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PIH provides scholarships to students ranging from elementary school to high school. We also build latrines, donate books, help construct facilities and aid teachers who are teaching English in impoverished areas. Helping children have access to a clean environment and higher education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty and victimization.

 

In recent years, China’s 247 million children have experienced growing access to a higher standard of living.  However, the disparity between rural and urban living conditions remains vast.  In major cities, expensive cars and name brand clothing are becoming the norm.  However, approximately 12.5% of Yunnan’s 45.7 million people still live below the absolute poverty level with the majority living in rural agrarian societies.

Furthermore, 1 in 5 are “left behind” children.  Parents move to the city to find work, while depending on grandparents to raise the children. China offers free education through elementary school, but attending high school is at personal expense.  The average girl attends school only until the age of 13, increasing her chances of being sold or otherwise forced into labor, marriage, or prostitution significantly.

 

*Sources: CIA World Factbook, Yunnan Census Results, and ilo.org