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3E's Core Values
3E refers to: Education and economic development for ethnic minority regions.
Education: Sponsoring children and young people in order for them to get an education. We also provide short-term English teacher training.
Economic Development: Training for rural communities in healthcare and farming to improve living standards. We also provide funding for village or family alleviation projects.
Ethnic Minority: Bridging the world to the rich cultures of the minorities of Southwest China.
We believe that all people should have the right to education and economic opportunities. Our commitment and approach to this area is long term, providing tools that allow the people to help themselves out of poverty.
Our areas of work:
History of 3E
Tim and Debbie Vinzani moved to Guizhou in 1991 and taught at a local education college, directly involved in training English teachers. Over the years they visited students’ homes and saw the difficulties many of them faced with poverty and lack of opportunities for a better life. In answer to the request of the local government to help with the poor, in 1996 they established 3E. At the time, the name was 3E Development Organization which was a joint co-operative partnership with the Qiannan Prefecture government.
The initial focus was micro-loan development and was mostly among the farmers helping them with their cash flow problem. They had the ability and experience but lacked the finances to do what they needed (for many it was to buy a couple piglets or fertilizer) to improve their lifestyle. So 3E came in and loaned an average of US$175 for a period of 6 to 12 months. With an average 94% payback or refinancing on time it was a success and over the years we were able to help over 3000 families in their time of need.
During that period we found most families were borrowing the money in order to pay for their kids to go to school. Although 9 years of education was required by government, education was not free and usually caused a hardship for the families to come up with the necessary funds. Fortunately, this is now changing in the poor areas of China and many of the poverty-stricken farmers can send their kids to school free of tuition.
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3E Development Company - Our main focus is working in overseas development, aid and relief and child sponsorship, specifically in educational and economic development for ethnic minorities, their families and communities.
Guizhou's breathtaking scenery
A child rest on her mother's back, with the traditional minority dress on.