In the Families-In-Need project PanBi Foundation focuses very specifically on assistance to families in ethnic minority groups. In these families poverty is very common and people often live under difficult circumstances: they live in primitive shelters, there is often no running water, there is hardly any electricity and the infrastructure in the remote mountain villages often leaves a lot to be desired. PanBi Foundation strives to provide for the needs of these people.
From the FIN project help has been offered in the renovation of apartments and houses, cattle has been purchased, financial means have been provided for housing, medical care has been given, some village schools have been built and a remote area has been opened up by the construction of a bridge. The assistance of the Families-In-Need project focuses in particular on the mountain areas in the Chinese Yunnan province. In this context specific savings projects are set up from time to time to meet specific needs for help.
The Chinese prosperity reaches more and more residents of this country. However, there is still a large group of people for whom a definite improvement in their living conditions is still far beyond the horizon. And those are precisely the families whose children are able to find our apartment. The children who come to our house feel completely at ease there. They leave their shoes - if they can actually be called like that - on the mat at the front door. A large number of children visiting us live with their parents in simple accommodation in the Rehoboth area. From the improvised ceiling hangs a light bulb. There is not much more furniture in the house than a horizontal shelf that floats one meter above the ground with the help of stacked bricks. With a blanket on it, the shelf serves as a sleeping place for the whole family. We have the impression that the number of families living in such circumstances is getting smaller. It is our hope that the situation for all families will improve in the future.