Overseas NGOs feel the need to gain trust from government under new law

Global Times published an article titled, “Overseas NGOs feel the need to gain trust from government under new law.” The article reads in part as follows;

Law concerning NGOs needs to be clarified at provincial level

Xiaoqiang, a sixth-grade student from a Yao ethnic village in Yunnan Province, was left behind by his migrant worker parents. Instead, he received care and support from parent-child activities at a school organized by non-governmental organization (NGO) World Vision.

Qiu Huijiang, who was born into a poor family in Zhejiang Province, would never have imagined that he could attend college and end up working as a manager for a design company in Shanghai, all thanks to an NGO scholarship offered by Give2Asia.

They are among the many successful cases of philanthropy work that international NGOs are doing in China.

During the Second World Philanthropy Forum held in Beijing in late November, organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and Tsinghua University, over 100 NGOs from more than 30 countries shared their experience and views about charitable work and poverty alleviation.

Established in 1993, World Vision China, a branch of the 67-year-old international organization, focuses on child care in China’s impoverished rural areas. Victor Kan, director of World Vision China, shared his experience with the Global Times about how the organization had made its work here more effective.

Every year, the NGO will discuss its own philanthropy programs with different education departments of local counties as well as public health and environmental protection departments, to try to match their programs with the existing plans of the local governments.

‘We have two principles: first, our programs must be in line with the policies and existing plans of local governments; second, they must meet local needs and be approved by local governments,’ said Kan. ‘Reaching agreements with local governments is very important’.

Years ago, World Vision China set up a program in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region to cope with drought by planting trees, which had long been desired by the local government.

In another case, finding that a county education bureau could not provide enough training for local teachers, World Vision added funds to invite more teachers for training.

‘In this way, the program can make full use of allocated funds and have a bigger impact on the local area’, Kan said.

Thus far, World Vision China has operated in 40 counties in 14 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. In 2017, it operated 31 child-focused area programs that directly benefited 62,876 sponsored children.”

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