During the period 2009 to 2011, Amity has raised US$263,800 and built 45 clinics in three Guizhou counties, benefiting over 83,000 people in need. As an enhancement, funds were raised to provide medical and health equipment and to subsidize the income of health-care personnel in 10 locations.
Recently, the Chinese government started investing more in rural health infrastructure, including providing funds to construct at least one clinic in every village in the counties where the Amity Project is being implemented. In light of this, the Amity Foundation has decided to refocus resources to other underdeveloped areas in China. The scheme to disburse maintenance subsidies to some village health workers will continue until 2013 as a means to sustain their livelihood until similar government schemes are in place.
The construction of the 45 Amity clinics has dramatically improved healthcare provision in villages, and village healthcare workers no longer have to practice in the crowded unhygienic environment of their own homes. The more central locations have ensured accessibility and increased effectiveness of health education programs, as well as health worker retention.
- three village clinics constructed
- one donors' visit to project sites organized
- two service learning trips for Hong Kong youth organized
- -incoming donations shrunk drastically
- Raised $116,000 to fund the building of 26 clinics. The village clinics are built on a matching fund basis, with $4,500 - $6,400 of donations from Hong Kong donors matching local resources up to $1,050.
- Built 23 clinics to date, with 3 others currently in various stages of construction. Amity Foundation has worked closely with local partners, the Health Ministries of Majiang, Guizhou, to ensure accountability of funding and acceptable building standards to ensure a good level of service when the clinics come into operation.
- Engaged donors by inviting them to visit the completed clinics, with their own expenses. Students of the international school, that have donated enough money to build two clinics, have been invited to take part in the construction work of one clinic as part of their service learning program. These programs of engagement have quite successful in consolidating donor commitments for sustained support and the advocacy work of Amity bring the outside world closer to the dire circumstances in some parts of China.
- Invited academia health experts from Hong Kong to speak in a seminar, in order to sensitize young people to the health needs of impoverished villages in China.