While China has made strides in reducing poverty in recent decades, it is still home to the second-largest population of impoverished people in the world. According to the World Bank, 157 million Chinese live on less than $1.25 a day. To make matters worse, efforts to assist the poor are impeded because of inaccessibility to the remote and rural areas in which most of them live.
Islamic Relief launched its aid efforts in China in response to the 2002 Shaanxi floods. Following the initial emergency phase, Islamic Relief partnered with local population to build new homes in four villages. Islamic Relief China then opened to sustain ongoing efforts. In recent years, IRUSA donors have supported microfinance initiatives and seasonal food aid.