Support sustainable development of China
In the past 30 years, HSBC’s philanthropic efforts spread across almost half of China. To fuel China’s sustainable development has always been our initial aspiration.
Growing up at the child protection centre
“I used to be living on the street. People belittled me, despised me and they’d stand there watching when I was beaten up by bad guys.” Yang Zhi was once a helpless child sent to child protection centre by the police. There he was taught to read and write by the staff, and received education and professional training. He is tremendously grateful to the staff who helped him at the child protection centre ‘I will never forget them’.
Supporting child protection programmes
Supporting vulnerable children is the focus of child protection. Most of them have an insecure life, and are unable to receive education and explore their potential like their peers. To help them, it is not enough to provide shelters, meals and clothes. They need the access to education so that one day they can become self-dependent adults and give back to society.
The story of caring for the elderly
In 2004, Liu Baoying started her job as a caretaker at He Tong nursing home. It was never an easy job to give care to the elderly. Some of them are with limited mobility or disability and need the caretaker to lift them up and move them around. Some of them have tempers and behave like a child. Liu Baoying remembers a granny who would run to the yard whenever she was unhappy and refused to come back for the meal when she just arrived the nursing home. At first, Liu Baoying blamed herself for not being strong enough to lift them up, or not being able to calm them down when they are in bad mood.
The story of a rural youth returning to her hometown to run new businesses
Li Na was born in the 1980’s. in Hubei province. She left her hometown to work for many years and did several jobs before, including selling electronic appliances and purified water. She was pretty good at what she did. However, at the bottom of her heart, she always had this dream to be an entrepreneur. She wanted to go back to her hometown and start her own business. Finally she started a business of grain procurement and sales as she knew Hubei has always been an important area of grain, cotton and oil production.
Supporting rural financial construction
The booming of innovation and businesses in rural areas in recent years has driven many young people to devote themselves in the revitalisation and economic development of their hometowns.
The story of financial literacy education for construction workers involved in “Belt and Road Initiative” projects
Cheng Zhongde is a Safety Officer on a construction site. In 2009 when he moved to Jiangsu from his hometown Sichuan, he was almost penniless. His parents were in their 80s and his two kids were still at school. As the only breadwinner in the family, he left his hometown to work in a construction site that is totally foreign for him.
In support of Financial Literacy Education
In China, there are various infrastructure projects relying on the effort of numerous construction workers.
Most of these construction workers come from ordinary rural families with aged parents and young kids. They work hard and save up to support their parents and pay for the children’s education.
The story of how Zhang Shengyuan guarded Honghu Lake
A small boat is sailing across Honghu Lake, the song Honghu Lake, the Waves Crashing could be heard from not too far away, familiar tunes find their ways into your eardrums, that’s a local villager Zhang Shengyuan humming the song.
The Life of the Yangtze River, the Rebirth of Honghu Lake
“Honghu Lake, the waves crashing on the shore, of our home town.” This ballad has made Honghu Lake a household name. Back in the day, Honghu did live up to its name and had clear green ripples echoing in the lake. In the 1990s, Honghu lost its previous glamour.