Charities in Shanghai

The metropolis of Shanghai has over 23 million people – which is the total population of my whole country of Australia! While it looks like a modern cosmopolitan city with plenty of wealthy, well heeled residents, this city’s poverty level is surprisingly high. Take a look at these figures. According to World Socialist Web Site:

“China has a Gini coefficient approaching to 0.5, up from less than 0.3 25 years ago. Gini coefficient is a measure of statistical dispersion developed by the Italian statistician and sociologist Corrado Gini, where 0.4 mark is seen by analyst as a predictor of social unrest.”

With Christmas around the corner, it’s a great time to be thankful of what we have and be mindful of others who are less fortunate. There are many ways we can make a difference through charities and volunteering for a cause. Here are some of the most active and well-known organizations through which you can help others this Christmas. So leave your Shanghai Apartment and go out and make a difference in the community.


Second Chance Animal Aid (SCAA)

SCAA is a private NGO committed to protecting and improving the health and welfare of companion animals through education, health care, advocacy, outreach, adoption and the promotion of foster care as an alternative approach to traditional shelters. Cash, goods and volunteering are welcome. Refer to website for details at



Jaiya’s Animal Rescue (JAR)

Since 2009 JAR has adopted out in excess of 200 dogs and 100 cats. It is an organization, which finds permanent homes for dogs and cats. The animals are looked after by a ‘foster parent’ until a permanent home can be found. Adopt or foster an animal or make a donation at



Shanghai Roots and Shoots

The program aims to promote love of animals, awareness of environmental issues and sustainable development. As well as contributing your services to the organization in more mundane ways like administration, translation, and fundraising, there are also opportunities to plant trees or work with local kids on a range of projects. Visit for more information.



Giving Tree

Individually connect a child to a donor and provide the donor with the chance to personally fill and part take in distributing the Winter Warmth and School Success bags. The program has reached close to 15,000 children helped annually. More information at and watch a live video here



Half the Sky

Half the Sky was created in order to enrich the lives of orphaned children in China. We provide model programs and caregiver training designed to offer loving, family-life care to children to all ages and abilities. Take action through donation, volunteering and others at




Through donations of individuals and corporations, Sunrise provides educational funding to approximately 500 students each year. Shanghai Sunrise provides educational sponsorship program for students in grades 10-12, university scholarship, and life skills program for high school and university students. The charity is organized, managed and financed entirely by expatriates and local members of the community.



Stepping Stone

An NGO with a mission to improve the educational and general welfare of disadvantaged children in China. Works with local Chinese and expatriates volunteers to teach English in 15 Shanghai’s migrant schools and community centers. For more information visit


Operation Smile

Operation Smile China Medical Mission (OSCMM) has helped more than 15,000 children and young adults throughout China. To donate or volunteer, follow this link


Heart to Heart

Our mission is to improve global health through medical education, deliver medical aid, and respond to people in crisis and address community-health concerns around the globe. Learn more about ways to give


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Adrienne Farrelly is one of Shanghai’s most experienced expatriate Property Agents helping expats find new homes since 1994. You can reach her at  +86 13122 810 421 or Connect with her on Skype at shanghaiproperties8. Shanghai Properties


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