Friendship Charity Association (FCA) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization serving as a bridge between donors and local communities. It was registered with the Civil Affairs Bureau, Guinan County, Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, PR China in October 2008.


A better future for the impoverished people of East-Central Qinghai.

Mission Statement

FCA’s mission is to promote impoverished disadvantaged communities by assisting locally identified needs in five main areas:

  • basic education
  • rural development
  • health care
  • environment protection
  • cultural preservation
  • We believe that our goals are best achieved by:

  • A participatory approach to researching local conditions;
  • Strengthening communication between organizations, donors, and volunteers to conduct project planning;
  • Building local capacity; and
  • Sharing results and experiences with other local organizations.
  • Operational area

    FCA’s initiatives are focused in acute need areas in Qinghai, especially in Guinan County, Hainan Tibetan Prefecture.

    Why Guinan?

    Herding and farming are key economic activities in seventy-three administrative villages that fall within three herding and three farming townships and towns. Guinan is home to 65,474 people of which Tibetans comprise 72.3 percent. The average elevation is 3,100 meters above sea level. Most communities herd sheep, goats, yaksand cattle. Farmers cultivate barley, wheat, and potatoes. The county also has a large area of desert that is increasing in size. Many herding communities lack basic education, inadequate access to basic health, and convenient supplies of water.

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