Political and economic rivalries between countries is nothing new, but the world is facing increasing threats to global ambassadorship, peace and international goodwill.
This is underscored by polarizing politics in America, escalating trade wars in countries like China and the U.S., the questionable effectiveness of the United Nations, the collapse of the European Union, and the rise of isolationism and populism throughout the world.
Naturally, it’s more difficult to know who to support when you donate and hope to make the world a better place. At WomanScape, we believe every person, especially women and children, deserves to live in peace and prosperity. In the wake of COVID-19, non-profit organizations fighting poverty, homelessness and a lack of access to education face unprecedented challenges.
In the interests of global ambassadorship and drawing attention to the anti-China sentiment building around the world, we wanted to reaffirm the important work of Educating Girls in Rural China (EGRC).
The simple truth about EGRC, like many educational organizations for girls, is educated women have educated children. EGRC’s program educates young women living in the poorest, rurual parts of rural Western China. These girls live in abject poverty and underscore the than 60 million young girls around the world don’t receive any education.
Message from EGRC’s founder, Ching Tien
I caught up with the founder of EGRC, Ching Tien. After China’s lockdown breakout and lockdown from COVID-19, their fundraising efforts were cut in half. With 464 girls in the sponsorship program, Ching’s top concern was finding ways for the girls to keep attending school.
Like many innovations born from challenging times, Daisy Gong, EGRC’s Program Manager, came up with a social enterprise project around the sale of Lily Bulbs. The lily bulb is a unique, local Gansu product. With some attention to production and sales, the organization has raised over 50,000 RMB ($10,000) since April 19th; this is enough to cover the education of 9 girls. EGRC is excited to build this sustainable fundraising channel that will also benefit local farmers. Here’s a bit about lily bulbs and if you’d like to donate to EGRC, visit: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/6550
About Lily Bulbs
Lily bulbs in Gansu have a 450 year history in China. Gansu’s lily bulbs are larger in size and sweeter in taste than other bulbs, due to Gansu’s dry climate and the pronounced difference in daily growing temperatures. The Lily bulb is a perennial plant that can take up to 9 years to grow and the farmers in Gansu still rely on manual labor from planting to harvest.
Lily bulbs are rich in nutrition and contain starch, protein, fat, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B1, B2, and C, other nutrients including colchicines and alkaloid. The bulbs can be used as a herbal treatment for lung related health issues, soothing the nerves, and improving human body immunity. Traditionally, the lily bulb is popular for use in cooking in south east China. Now it is a seasonal ingredient for salads, stir fries and desserts within all regions.
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