Over the past two decades, we have built trust with local villagers, teachers, parents, and officials, and have established strong networks in many rural counties in the poor provinces in China.
There are four Program coordinating centers in China, supported by a central administration team in Beijing. The four centers are located in the rural areas where we have active programs: QingLong (HeBei province) [河北省, 青龍鎮], ShiLui (Xhanxi province) [山西省, 石樓県], LeiShan (Quizhou province) [貴卅省, 雷山県], and LiZhiang (Yunan province) [云南省, 麗江県 ]. Each coordinating center is staffed by resident Zigen staffs and volunteers. Projects are proposed by the local villagers and developed jointly with our local coordinators; funding proposals are reviewed by the Project Committee.
Approved projects are executed by the local people, overseen and coordinated by our coordinating centers. Every year, self-funded monitoring trips are organized to enable our donors to visit the villages and inspect the programs. We rely on a network of volunteers for our administrative work in the US, and our administrative expenses are kept to a minimum, enabling our donations to be directed to our programs and activities in China.