Educating Girls of Rural China (EGRC) was founded in 2005. It
is a registered Canadian charity. In 8 years EGRC has raised funds and
sponsored 324 young women from poverty stricken rural regions of Gansu, Guizhou
and Qinghai Provinces in western China to receive a university education.
Currently 158 students are in EGRC’s program and studying in 96
universities in over 30 cities throughout China. 166 students graduated since
2009. Some graduates have donated back to EGRC since 2011 and others
have taken on leadership and mentoring roles to help other young rural women
achieve an education.
In 2012 EGRC launched the first High School Sponsorship Program; 25 grade 10
girls from Enling High School in Yuzhong Country, Gansu Province received
funds. These 25 students are sponsored by mothers in Vancouver and Beijing who have children of a similar age.
EGRC operates under the philosophy that “educated women have educated
children.” It encompasses the belief that educating women is the key to
to bring positive change to a family, a village and a society.