About the project
Badi Foundation was founded in 1990 and currently operates in 13 provinces of mainland China, including Qinghai, Gansu, Sha’anxi, Shanxi, Yunnan, Guangxi, Hebei, Liaoning, Shandong, Hunan, Anhui, Guangdong and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Of the 30 collaborating organizations, 12 are registered as non-profit organizations under the laws of mainland China, and all organizations work in close collaboration with government agencies and institutions in their local communities for the well-being of their communities.
How we help
Since 2005, Badi Foundation’s capacity-building initiatives have attracted over 36,000 participants in 13 provinces throughout China who engage in service projects in the areas of agriculture, the environment, public health, nutrition, culture and economic development. The activity of these community-based organizations (CBOs) impacts the well-being of women, youth, families and their communities.
Liu Jun, Gansu Province : “Due to the influence of traditional ideals, some rural women lack confidence. They don’t feel comfortable sharing their opinions, and instead rely on the decisions of their families and husbands. After studying the Environmental Action Program (EAP), they undergo a visible transformation. For example, in our village there were several women whose husbands left to find work in cities during the spring planting season. Typically, these women would have lacked confidence to manage their family farms. But instead they worked together to initiate a cooperative farming group.
Some of them prepared the soil, others spread fertilizer or laid film for the crops. Talking and laughing together, they planted each family’s field in neat and tidy rows. They even bragged that they planted better than the men!”
He Yuxi , Yunnan Province : As we have implemented the youth empowerment program, our organization has learned through action and has gradually accumulated experience. We’ve discovered that releasing the potential of youth can only be achieved in the context of service to the community. Otherwise, our education program can easily take the form of sermons on good behavior or dogmatic instruction in ideals. Acts of community service give youth an opportunity to learn more about themselves as well as the world around them, to establish their own beliefs and values, and to think more deeply about the purpose of their lives.”
Through its “Institutional Capacity Building Program,” Badi Foundation supports the establishment of community-based organizations in rural and semi-rural regions of China and strengthens them to effectively carry out programs that build capacity among youth and women. An increase in activity at the grassroots is visible immediately following annual seminars, so “regional learning groups” have now been established for CBOs to meet 2-3 times per year in their own regions for the same kind of study, reflection and sharing of experiences that takes place at the annual seminars.
Many Community-Based Organizations are concerned with the development of the youth in their villages. They use the “Moral Empowerment through Language Program” to help kids 12-15 learn English and at the same time, through study, recreation and community service, nurture their physical, intellectual and moral development and their desire to contribute to the well-being of their families and communities.
The Environmental Action Program assists rural women to recognize their own potential and develop their capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of their local communities. At the core of the program are educational materials that strengthen confidence and group decision-making skills, as well as develop understanding of scientific concepts and principles related to agricultural production and environmental protection.
15 Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) served 3,754 youth
13 onsite visits were made to 9 Community-Based Organizations for additional training and evaluation. Reached 1,605 people.
Convened 4 seminars for the CBOs for the purpose of sharing experiences and learning. These were planned and facilitated by resources from the CBOs, demonstrating a heightened level of institutional capacity at the grassroots.
2017 project goals
On-site training and accompaniment of 9 community based orgahnizations, implementing the Environmental Action Progam.
Operational support for 3 CBOs carrying out the Environmental Action Program.