Development Projects


 "Building  China"


This is the meaning of "Jian Hua" in Chinese and is the aim of the projects that we do.  Many Jian Hua associates and staff whether they have foreign or Chinese nationality have moved to a rural community in China with both professional skills and life experience.  Their aim as "outsiders" is to integrate into the community sharing their lives with the local people they are amongst.  This involves learning from the local people, their language, culture, customs and the way that they function as a community.  By building bonds of personal and professional relationships, ideas can be exchanged and as outsiders, opportunities to help the community develop itself can be established.


Working alongside doctors and nurses in the local hospital, working with farmers on their land, using engineering skills to bring clean water or simply parents sharing ideas on children’s education are examples of the way that JHF associates and staff have entered and become part of communities in China. 


The way that JHF associates and staff enter the community usually takes the form of a "project". The ideal eventual aim of each project is to place its management from outsiders' hands into local hands.  Each project idea within JHF is approved and monitored by a committee called PAMEC (Project Approval Monitoring and Evaluation Committee).  PAMEC is made up of JHF associates and staff from different regions of China and careful consideration is given to each new project idea before it is started in the community.  Support and advice are given to the project manager as the project progresses and is evaluated and this sometimes comes from sources outside of JHF.  This process helps us to learn from the past and aims to raise the quality assurance and accountability of the project work we do.


Currently all of JHF's rural development projects are based on the Tibetan Plateau of Qinghai Province, with a head office in Xining city and projects in surrounding prefectures and counties.  JHF is involved in many urban development and education projects in Tianjin and Changsha cities Social Services.


We also have many JHF associates working with other organzations in both rural and urban development projects in Yunnan. In Shanxi province JHF has many associates serving with the organisation Evergreen  which is also involved in many areas of development project work.  


Do you have experience in agriculture, rural development, natural resource management, public health, or literacy work? You could make a difference in China!

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JHF Rural Development Projects

This is an overview of recent Rural Development projects in Qinghai.


San Wan Primary School Development Project

This project was designed to encourage community participation to improve facilities and teaching standards at a county level Primary school. During the two academic years 2006-7 and 2007-8 parents and staff were involved in initiatives that saw classroom facilities improve dramatically and the previously neglected subjects of music, art and P.E. strengthened through the donation of books, suitable equipment and the training of staff in those subjects.


Project timeframe: June 2006 to August 2008

Project Coordinator: Stephen Wang

Project is complete


Tibetan Agricultural Promotion Station

The aim of this project was to give the people of Gonghe County hands-on training and support in agriculture and animal husbandry. In empowering local farmers in this way it was hoped that they would see improvements in their income and raise their own standard of living. Experts in these fields were recruited from overseas and gave trainings in animal husbandry methods, sustainable land use, and agricultural methods.


Project timeframe: January 2006 to Summer 2008

Project Coordinator: Philip Buys

Project has ended


Huangnan School Sponsporships

This project provided sponsorship to Tibetan students to allow them to complete their high school education. All of the sponsored students are from poor rural families. A few of the students who achieved the highest grades and obtained places in universities were given additional scholarships to enable them to complete their studies.


Project timeframe: September 2005 to June 2008

Project Coordinator: Retha Erasmus

Project is complete


Menyuan County, Xianmi Town Water Project

The goal of this project is to provide a village (Dalong Village no.1) with a source of clean water for consumption. The water source (Haomen River) that they are using is about 1km away from the village and is polluted due to the presence and construction of dams. Another goal of this project is to reduce the burden on village women, who have to travel about 1.8kms to collect and carry water back to their respective homes. The potential benefits of this project are greatly improved health of the villagers, and also additional time for women to provide care for their children and do other tasks.

Project timeframe: October – November 2008

Project Coordinator: Nick Chung

Project is completed


See news item below.

Qukuku Community Development Project

This project is an educational project – where local people are employed to teach primary healthcare amongst the Amdo Tibetans in Huangnan Prefecture (HN), Qinghai Province, China. The project focused on Qukuhu (QKH) township, in Tongren County, Huangnan Prefecture. 

Villagers of QKH township were screened by a medical doctor and offered free treatments for STDs common among the villagers. In addition to medical treatments villagers attended primary healthcare trainings during follow-up visits by project staff.


Project timeframe: January 2006 – Summer 2008

Project Coordinator: Martin de Man

Project is complete


Huangnan Hospital Development Initiative

This project aimed to raise the standard of medical care provided by a Prefecture level hospital especially in the areas of emergency and ICU care. The project team were living on location long term and worked alongside hospital doctors and nurses. In the course of the work they also delivered regular emergency and ICU training both theory and hands-on.  These have been well received by the local staff and have raised the standard of emergency care delivered at the hospital. Working in close cooperation with the leaders of the hospital an effective emergency room and small adult and paediatric ICUs have been established during this four year project.


Project Timeframe: January 2005 to December 2008

Project Coordinator: Martin de Man

Project is complete


Huangnan Township Clinic Training and Support Project

The aim of this project was to improve the quality of health care in rural Tibetan villages by training and supporting the township clinics, village doctors and the villagers themselves. The project provided on-site short trainings for the medical staff, community health training for the local "bare-foot" doctors and community health education for villagers.


Project timeframe: January 2006 to December 2008

Project Coordinator: Lammértha Wilbrink

Project is complete


Would you like to help financially with any of these projects?  Please checkHow to give to JHF  for more information.


09/17/10 Yushu Earthquake – an update

On 14 April 2010 a deadly earthquake struck southern Qinghai province causing tremendous loss of life and suffering among the people of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. JHF associates in Qinghai, working together with other...[more]

04/01/08 JHF Supplies Relief Funds to Rural Hunan During Severe Winter

Poor families in rural Changde county in Hunan province were hit hard by the recent severe winter weather in central China. JHF associate Martin Karrer travelled to the area to see how JHF could help provide relief to families...[more]

05/18/07 Water Project Opening in Menyuan, Qinghai

On the 15th of May the Menyuan County Water Project was officially opened! We are excited and thankful to be involved in helping to supply clean drinking water to villagers in Menyuan county, Qinghai. [more]

12/07/06 The Huangnan School Sponsorship Project

I have started with this project in June 2005. The goal of the project is to sponsor 40 Tibetan high school students for the last three years of their high school education and in this way make it possible for them to graduate...[more]

Last updated on: Sat Jun 29 02:53:43 2013 by: cy
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