Since 2006, the Chinese government has implemented a 9-year state-sponsored education scheme and at the same time offered subsidies on related expenses such as costs of dormitory and textbooks. While this makes basic education possible for all, attending senior high school and higher means of education remains out of reach for the impoverished. Drop-out rate post junior high school reaches as high as 30% and the main attributing factor is financial difficulties.
To reflect the change in education policies, our student support focus has evolved to helping those in senior high school and university, in the form of living and learning expense assistance. At the moment, we are concentrating our effort in Yunnan, Gansu, Sichuan and Guizhou.