A terrible tragedy brought WE Charity to China. In 2002, 38 children, aged 8 to 11, were killed in an explosion at a fireworks factory where they worked to support their families.
Those children lost their lives because they were forced into dangerous labor instead of attending school, a problem that can be seen all across China.
China’s education system is woefully underfunded and there is often a shortage of schools in rural areas forcing many students to take a long, difficult, and often dangerous trek to get to class. And while those students can travel great distances, prevalent poverty prevents many others from going to school at all. An inability to meet basic needs forces many children into factories instead of classrooms. In fact, it is estimated that more than five million Chinese children work as laborers.
In response to the tragedy at the fireworks factory, WE Charity partnered with local governments to build and furnish more schools in rural communities and to provide communities with Agriculture and Food Security programs and Alternative Income opportunities.