SICHUAN NGOs Reviews
Nov 01, 2007
A non-governmental organization (NGO) is any non-profit, voluntary citizens' group which is organized on a local, national or international level. Task-oriented and driven by people with a common interest, NGOs perform a variety of service and humanitarian functions, bring citizen concerns to governments, advocate and monitor policies and encourage political particpation through provision of information. Some are organized around specific issues, such as human rights, environment or health. While most of the NGOs work at the grassroot level with the communities, some provide analysis and expertise, serve as early warning mechanisms and help monitor and implement international agreements.
The World Bank, defines NGOs as "private organizations that pursue activities to relieve suffering, promote the interests of the poor, protect the environment, provide basic social services, or undertake community development". A World Bank Key Document, Working With NGOs, adds, "In wider usage, the term NGO can be applied to any non-profit organization which is independent from government. NGOs are typically value-based organizations which depend, in whole or in part, on charitable donations and voluntary service. Although the NGO sector has become increasingly professionalized over the last two decades, principles of altruism and voluntarism remain key defining characteristics."
1. ALPHA COMMUNIITIES
An international, charitable organisation that helps children of China and Mongolia. Alpha Communities China is based in Hong Kong and serves children in remote areas of China. Presently, Alpha Communities is working in Sichuan Province running established kindergartens, providing tuition for older students and assisting families
Phone: Chengdu 86 + (0)28 + 85535965
Contact: Marielle Prins
2. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Jane Goodall Institute (China)
Roots & Shoots Chengdu Office
The Roots & Shoots Program has been widely successful in China providing a platform for young people to organize activities outside of the school curriculum and participate in environmental, humanitarian and animal protection activities in their local communities
CONTACT: Fei Ting
Roots & Shoots Outreach Coordinator
Phone: 028 85258925
3. FAUNA & FLORA INTERNATIONAL
A non-profit making registered charity dedicated
to the promotion of biodiversity & conservation
Conserving wildlife since 1903
Phone: (86) 13778394200 (Kangding, Sichuan)
Email: Ngangwangjikmed@gmail.com (Dave)
FFI China Tibetan Project Assistant
4. WINROCK INTERNATIONAL
Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works
with people around the world to increase economic opportunity,
sustain natural resources, and protect the environment.
CONTACT: Ethan Goldings
Expatriate writer Warren Rodwell has been in China since 2002, and teaches university postgraduates in Chengdu. Many of his feature stories, reviews & photographs have been published online or in hardcopy media form. Warren also narrates documentaries and administers various websites as part of his efforts to promote Chengdu & Sichuan culture(s) more globally.
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