Founded after WenchuanEarthquake by a group of citizens on their own accord, we are a charityorganization that has not registered at civil authority. At 5.12 CharityAssociation, volunteers from different parts of the country and walks of lifecome together for love and start the journey of love to share their love.Originally known as 5.12 United Medical Team, we engaged in risk reduction anddisaster relief in Wenchuan after the earthquake occurred.
After the Wenchuanearthquake occurred, many warmhearted and helpful volunteers from differentparts of China would like to offer a helping hand, so 5.12 Charity Associationwas founded to help these volunteers to serve affected families and help morepeople in an effective way.
At first, 5.12United Medical Team was consist of 32 members, including members of medicalteams from Shenzhen, Tangshan and Mianyang, several members of Special PoliceForce and Special Force as well as Tibetan soldiers who were our first group ofvolunteers.
Between May 13 and17, volunteers from Tangshan kept working for three days and 4 nights, and outfrom the ruins, they dug out 30 living persons, 9 dead bodies, a cat and a dog.
Shenzhen MedicalTeam collected and sent supplies and medicines worth over a million Yuan toaffected people.
Between May 17 and24, they offered over 2,000 patients medical treatment and experienced twolandslides and 6 strong aftershocks.
After the end ofdisaster relief work, our responsibilities changed and the name 5.12 UnitedMedical Team could not represent who we were and what we did anymore. SinceJan. 1, 2009, our volunteers have visited poor mountainous areas in HebeiProvince, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Gansu Province, Garzê TibetanAutonomous Prefecture and Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province,offered financial support to over 100 children in these areas to help themregain access to education, and the first group of beneficiaries we supportedover the past 9 years have graduated from universities and joined theworkforce. Our volunteers are moving forward on the journey of charity with determinationto keep moving even if what they do can change the fate of a child only.
In the secondonline meeting held on June 16, 2008, 5.12 United Medical Team was renamed 5.12(We Have Love) Volunteer Charity Association and decided to engage in financialsupport to students with a focus on 5 provinces in West China.
In Aug. 2008, WeHave Love hit the headline of Baidu.
On Oct. 11, 2008(Sat), the first Representative Conference of We Have Love was held.
On Jan. 1, 2009, we visitedstudents we offered financial support to in Qinglong County, Hebei Province,and this was our first visit to student beneficiaries.
On Dec. 20, 2009,under the guidance of Shark, Director of the Association, 4 volunteers visitedJishishan Autonomous County, Gansu Province.
In July 2015, we visitedGarzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province and offered financialsupport to 13 poor students there.
In June 2017, 6 volunteersvisited Daliangshan and offered financial support to 23 poor students there.
Introduction to Project
Education can makea difference. In my visit to Daliangshan in 2017, I came to realize this it istrue. Backward thought is more an urgent problemrequired to be solved than deficiency in supplies. Low awareness of educationamong parents, poor teaching conditions and short period of service of teachersare common problems. For children in remote mountainous areas, frequent changeof teachers is just a part of their life at school. To help these poor areasretain more good teachers, 5.12 Charity Association intends to set up WatchmenFoundation and 5.12 Teaching Team to form a Literacy Class. We will equip severalpilot schools with computers and network, and 5.12 Teaching Team will give videolessons to parents and children on a regular basis and raise awareness ofeducation among parents to turn these mountainous area into a place wherechildren can have their dreams.
As a charity organization founded by a group of citizens on theirown accord, we always concern ourselves with schools in remote mountainousareas and poor areas, excellent students from single parent families in theseschools, people with physical disabilities, orphans, widows, widower, seniorresidents, young children, families in deep poverty and other vulnerablegroups. We are a civil charity organization of volunteers (not a group),everyone is equal, we have no leaders but organizers only, and everyone can bean organizer and a leader of charity. We have no funds, but we can worktogether to attract more like-minded people to join us, raise fund for eachcharity activity to help more children in mountainous areas. Charity is notabout how much money you donate, but how many people you mobilize to engage incharity practice. We promise to direct all support we receive to students inpoor mountainous areas, spend all the funds we raise to offer financial supportto students and schools in these areas. We have launched financial supportprograms in several areas, but we will earmark funds for their specific purposes,keep and disclose online a detailed record of sources and purposes of thesefunds. We are open to supervision by the public.