Sustainable transition in China
It has been predicted that by the year 2035, nearly 70 percent of China's population will be urban compared to the year 1990 when over 70 percent of China's population was rural. For those migrating to China's cities and for those remaining in China's rural areas, that is a significant transition.
A Village Adoption Project in Yunnan is one of a number of Deloitte China CSR projects focused on providing education and skills building to help underserved rural communities in China to transit effectively in the face of this momentum -- whether the path is rural sustainability or urban migration.
About the project
In November 2006, Deloitte China and Lingnan University jointly launched a Village Adoption Project in Yunnan to help an underserved rural village in Gezhangla and to pilot it as a sustainable development model for rural communities in China. At the time, its three years tenor made it the first public-private sector collaboration involving a Hong Kong academic institution and a commercial enterprise for such an extended period of time. A second phase from 2011 to 2014 was agreed as being necessary to focus on the community's micro-economy and the expansion of the geographical scope with Gezhangla village as the physical hub to create a sustainable self-help network for this rural area.
Over the course of the past seven years, we worked together with Lingnan University, Hong Kong Christian Council, the Yunnan village leaders, the village community, the local authority of Wuding and Mainland academics specializing in service learning, to achieve the common goals of developing the education, healthcare and economic systems of the village, sustaining the unique ethnicity of the village, and encouraging a culture of community service and learning through service among our own people and the universities’ students.
Lingnan University's Yunnan project website provides a compilation of highlights and learning points over the course of the seven year project from the perspectives of the villagers, and volunteers from Deloitte China and Lingnan University.
Unique happiness and path: A Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China
This book shares and celebrates the happiness and valuable experiences that the project participants of the Village Adoption Project in Yunnan have gained in the first three years of the Project. The stories shared in this book are testimony of the life-changing lessons they have learnt, to which the cross-cultural, cross-regional, cross-sector, and cross-age friendship and teamwork spirit between Deloitte China employees and Lingnan students have contributed.
A review of the Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China, 2007 - 2010
A manual for service-learning and China's rural development
This manual systematically records and explores how service learning can be applied in the Chinese Mainland and what effect service-learning has in the process of developing China’s villages. This manual explains the integration model of the two and the process of its execution. Through a recap of the Project’s development milestones and examples of its activities, schools and social services organisations will better understand the relationship between service-learning and promoting the development of China’s villages. This manual can also be a reference framework and operational blueprint that helps different organisations plan similar projects for the development of China’s villages.