As nations everywhere aim to slow the spread of Covid-19, things like regular temperature checks play an important part in keeping the community safe and healthy. One of our regular Global Hand NGO partners in China has been working with doctors and volunteers on virus-prevention projects, including community temperature checks. They had managed to source the quantity of electronic thermometers needed, “but there was a problem,” they wrote. “We are using the electronic thermometers too frequently to find enough batteries.”

Meanwhile, a company also located in China approached Global Hand with thousands of AA and AAA batteries to give away – a perfect match!

In early 2020, Global Hand was able to match this battery donation with our NGO partner in China, and they distributed them to doctors and volunteers to power their electronic thermometers.

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We can help place your goods, no matter where they are in the world, with non-profit projects who need them. Whether they’re goods for health and safety, or stock that has become stranded due to the pandemic, or any other goods that your company or organisation wants to donate, Global Hand can help. Email enquiries@globalhand.org for more information.

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This year, one of our donor companies in China offered 1,350 pairs of shoes for people in need. Through Global Hand, we connected them to Chinese Relief and Development Foundation, a charity that cares for the phenomenon known as ‘Left Behind Children’ in Western China.

China’s rapid economic development has encouraged millions of parents to migrate from rural areas to mega-cities. In turn, millions of children are, literally, ‘Left Behind’, in the care of grandparents or wider family, often people with limited financial resource and/or limited physical ability. This can result in material and emotional need. According to the China Women’s Federation there are 61 million such children growing up without one or both parents. It is a poignant picture so it was very good news for us to see these shoes safely reach “Left Behind Children”. As well, some of the shoes could be given to the grandparents or other relatives caring for them in a sacrificial way.

Later in the year, the same group was able to receive 15,000 items of clothing, manufactured in China and offered by another company hoping to see local charities supported.

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“But what can I do at school to help others care?” We’re often asked this by students who undertake our x-periences, come out with deepened empathy and want to to see it translated into action at their schools.  It’s a conversation we love to have. Meena, in Beijing, is one who called, this year and spoke with our Global X-perience director on this very point.  She came up with a remarkable idea. She would hold an ‘Empathy Film Festival’ at school.

It was difficult at  first, though, and Meena quickly discovered that the path to world change isn’t always easy.

“There were so many times I thought my idea was dead — that maybe I should just give up,” she told us. “But the inspiration and the ideas we shared were too good to just let go. Slowly I was able to find other students and teachers who believed it was a good idea too.”

The end result of her perseverance? A communal 24 hour fast, to build empathy for the hungry, followed by an outdoor film festival showing films dealing with issues of world need, and US$2,000 raised to help the poor. We’re so proud of Meena for fanning the spark of an idea into flame, and passing that flame of compassion on to others!

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Every gift can change a life. When Maclaren, maker of high end children’s strollers, gave Crossroads a massive donation, they reached needy families across the world. Some were included in shipments to places like Uganda, but most were given to help children right here in Hong Kong.

One stroller went to Chi Kin, a 3 year old with special needs that prevent him walking. His family’s limited budget has already been stretched with medical bills. So, for them to get him, a big boy, around busy Hong Kong, he needed the Rolls Royce of strollers, albeit on a Mini budget. The sight of the Maclaren gift, brand new and still in its packaging, left them open mouthed with amazement. It was perfect for his needs and, best of news, it cost them nothing.

2014-04-09_1220Another went to ‘Mi Li’, a widow, a mother of five who is completely blind. Living on a shoestring budget, Mei li could not afford the needed furniture for her home, much less a stroller for her baby. Though unable to see, she carried her baby around on her hip throughout the day, while trying to care for her other four children. When she heard a brand new stroller could be given, her hands stroked it in wonder. For her, too, this was a transformative gift.

We are grateful beyond words to partners like Maclaren, who are using their core strengths and resources to equip families in need.

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We love to see partnerships empower people in tough places. Multinational law firm, Hogan Lovells, has always demonstrated a strong humanitarian imperative. It was no surprise, therefore, when they asked us for ways they could donate to the recovery effort following Sichuan’s Ya’an earthquake in 2013. They gave generously and saw clothing reach people devastated by the damage.

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Disaster preparedness

When a flood or earthquake strikes, getting emergency aid to victims in time can be the difference between life and death.

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Crossroads has been working with a partner in China since 2002 to ‘pre-position’ relief supplies of blankets, clothing and other goods needed after a disaster. When we can regularly ship these emergency items into China, it means they can be stored in strategic areas, ready to go immediately after a disaster hits.

In November 2013, for example, a series of earthquakes hit Qianguo county, severely damaging housing and leaving thousands of people homeless in temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius. Crossroads’ partner was able to launch a campaign within two days of the disaster, and on the third day, deliver Crossroads’ pre-positioned blankets and clothes worth more than 1 million yuan to help 3,670 people.

This shipment will be similarly strategic, restocking supplies for their relief warehouse so that our partners can act quickly when people need urgent help.

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After a severe earthquake in October 2014, hundreds of homes in Qianguo county were damaged and too dangerous to live in. While residents waited for help rebuilding their homes , they quickly constructed tents of plastic, or huts made of firewood (above), but temperatures fell as low as -15 degrees Celsius and they had no heating. Crossroads’ partner delivered warm clothes and blankets to help the waiting families (left) and worked with them to relieve other basic needs.This shipment will include blankets, clothing and other relief goods to help victims of disasters in China like floods and earthquakes.

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Capital: Beijing

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 11%, or 157 million people

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Deaf artisan Lei Mei enjoys steady employment with Hearts and Hands.

Deaf artisan Lei Mei enjoys steady employment with Hearts and Hands.

Lei Mei, of China, was 25 when she suddenly lost her hearing. She’s not sure exactly how it happened, but it seems likely that a complication from tuberculosis medication was to blame. Whatever the cause, it was a devastating blow to Lei Mei, who had been working as a salesperson. She knew that being deaf would cost her her job.

She was right. Her future looked bleak. She was told that the only way she could hear again would be a cochlear implant, costing her US$30,000. She had been earning approx. US$200 per month and paying all her costs out of that. This purchase, then, was impossible. She hated her family’s suggestion that she go to the family’s farm where she would do menial work and earn a pittance. Instead, she tried selling goods on the street at night but, with her hearing challenge, this was harder for her than others in the noisy marketplace. With just two years’ schooling, her options looked miserable.

Global Handicrafts staff meet Lei Mei and other artisans on a trip to China.

Global Handicrafts staff meet Lei Mei and other artisans on a field visit to China.

Thankfully, Lei Mei met Hearts and Hands, a handicrafts enterprise set up to employ people with hearing difficulties and other disabilities. They taught her how to make handicrafts and, today, she has done so well she is in charge of the stock and fabric rooms. Crossroads’ Global Handicrafts team met Hearts and Hands staff and employees on a recent site visit. They told us, “She said that normally, in her community, deaf people are treated as second rate and very often cheated. Here, though, she is genuinely respected and valued and nobody cheats anyone. It is truly run on a fair trade basis. She loves this work.”

Our Global Handicrafts shop sells some of the products that Lei Mei and her colleagues make, like table runners, toys and home accessories.

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China Snapshot

Population: 1.35 billion

Capital: Beijing

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 11%, or 157 million people

China is experiencing rapid economic growth, but the benefits have not reached millions of people in rural areas. People who are already poor are the most vulnerable to death, injury and loss of livelihood when floods and earthquakes hit.

Natural disasters in China affect more than 200 million people every year.

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The deaf population of China numbers around 72 million.  Since the majority of deaf young people are unable to find adequate employment, many turn to gangs, theft, and drugs. In an effort to curb this growing trend, Hearts & Hands offers employment to deaf people in the handicrafts business. All the workers are disabled or deaf, and they are each able to learn useful skills while working in a friendly, encouraging environment. Thank you for offering your support to these people and giving them the hope they need!

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Population: 1.35 billion

Capital: Beijing

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 11%, or 157 million people

China is experiencing rapid economic growth, but the benefits have not reached millions of people in rural areas. People who are already poor are the most vulnerable to death, injury and loss of livelihood when floods and earthquakes hit.

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Meiman, of China, knows the meaning of fair trade first hand. For almost a year, Meiman worked in a large factory far away from her hometown. The hours were long and after eight months she started to suffer serious health problems. It was then that Meiman knew she wanted to go back to the job she had held before: working as a seamstress for China Ethnic Crafts, a small handicrafts enterprise in Hunan.

“They not only took me back and welcomed me,”said Meiman, “they were also willing to adjust my work duties to help with my health issues.”

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Many of the ethnic minority women employed with China Ethnic Crafts have similar stories to tell.

Meiman’s co-worker Ying Xiang says, “If there was no embroidery work for me to do here, the only other option I would have to earn money would be to go sit outside all day and shine shoes.”

The beautiful designs sewn by Meiman and her friends echo the traditional bright embroidery that Miao women have been sewing for centuries. Now, those same skills can be turned into a fair job in a safe environment and a steady income to support their families.

We have the adorable embroidered coin purses made by Meiman and her colleagues available online, with more products from China Ethnic Crafts to be found in-store!

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China Snapshot

Population: 1.35 billion

Capital: Beijing

Population below international poverty line of US$1.25 per day: 11%, or 157 million people

China is experiencing rapid economic growth, but the benefits have not reached millions of people in rural areas. People who are already poor are the most vulnerable to death, injury and loss of livelihood when floods and earthquakes hit.

Natural disasters in China affect more than 200 million people every year.

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