Rotary's Service Impact in China 

We are very proud of the impact that Rotarians have had over the past 30 years in the People's Republic of China. Our impact now exceeds USD $180 million, all of which has been for the benefit of Chinese citizens.

You may review here a few brief slides that summarize our estimate of Rotary's total service project in China. 

Database – a work in process

We are striving now to collect data on all Rotary service projects that have been conducted in China. We know that we are missing many projects that have been initiated by clubs around the world on their own or perhaps with local Chinese partners, but outside the framework of the Rotary Foundation.

If you can help us to add any new projects we would greatly appreciate it.  You can explore here in more detail in more detail our


Rotarians in China are actively supporting Rotary's global service project:


Polio Plus is Rotary’s signature project - the single project supported by all 34,000+ clubs around the world. This project has a simple but profound mission – to eradicate polio from the face of the earth –for good.

Now 27 years since we began, we are 99% of the way there. We are “this close” to ending polio, with only 3 countries still considered endemic (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan). However with the strong financial and volunteer support of Rotarians we are in the final stretch. You can help us make history!


China District led Projects

Although Rotary China is not technically a district, we are nevertheless able to participate in most district level service projects that are supported by the Rotary Foundation. These projects are administered by our Rotary China team, but conducted through the participation of our clubs in China.

Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and conflict resolution in their careers and in their communities. Fellows are chosen based on their ability to have a significant, positive impact on world peace during their careers.

Rotary Peace Fellows earn either a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies or a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, or conflict resolution. Today, up to 110 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected annually. 

Rotary China is proud to have one distinguished Rotary Peace Fellow:

  • Amy LIU Xiao Mei, who studied at the University of Bradford, UK, 2008-9

and a successful Peace Fellow Candidate (and GSE Alumnus), Tony Zhang Han who has been selected to begin studies in Queensland, Australia in Spring of 2016.

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Ambassadorial Scholarships [Phased out now]

The Ambassadorial Scholarships program is now phased out but was designed to support the Rotary Foundation’s goal of building world understanding and peace by:

  • Increasing awareness of and respect for cultural differences by sending ambassadors of goodwill to study in another country
  • Instilling in scholars the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self through active participation in Rotary service projects
  • Encouraging scholars to dedicate their personal and professional lives to improving the quality of life for the people of their home community and country
  • Developing leaders who can address the humanitarian needs of the world community
  • Impacting all areas of the world through a balanced geographical distribution of scholars
  • Encouraging Rotarians worldwide to increase the educational opportunities for scholars from low-income countries
  • Fostering a lifelong association between Rotary and its scholars

Rotary China is proud to have sponsored 4 dynamic and capable young Chinese ladies who represented their country as Ambassadorial Scholars to study overseas:

  • Jill JI Hui, who studied at Kobenhavns Universitet, Denmark, 2007-8
  • Rachel ZHAO Qiuwan, who studied at the University of San Diego, USA, 2008-9
  • Julie WU Jiuli, who studied at Griffith University, Australia, 2010
  • Lily GONG Ruixue, who studied at the University of Nottingham, UK, 2010-11

Rotary Scholars

The Ambassadorial Scholarships however were phased out in July 2013 and are now replaced by the Rotary Scholars program – that is focused on applied graduate level study that is in line with one of the Foundation's Six Areas of Focus.

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Group Study Exchange [Phased out]

The purpose of the Group Study Exchange (GSE) was to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal connection by teams of young professionals (age 25-40) from two different countries exchanging visits.

GSE teams consisting of 4-6 team members plus a Rotarian team leader, would visit another country's district for a period of 4 weeks. Team members would experience the way of life, customs and vocational practices of another country, while sharing information about their homeland. While abroad, team members would stay in Rotarians' homes and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts in country. 

Although in China we had only 2 clubs (normally a district has 50-75 clubs to share the burden of a GSE), we felt it worthwhile in the past to participate in this program and so from 2005-2014 we participated in 6 Group Study Exchanges:

  • 2005-6 with District 6490 (USA), outbound team leader Frank Yih (Shanghai)
  • 2006-7 with District 5450 (USA), outbound team leader, Edwin Ngoi (Shanghai)
  • 2007-8 with District 9970 (New Zealand), outbound team leader, Bunrei Hinrata (Beijing)
  • 2008-9 with District 9710 (Australia), outbound team leader Bill Crampton (Shanghai)
  • 2012-13 with District 5450 (USA), outbound team leader, Sue Maguire (Shanghai)
  • 2013-14 with District 1980 (Switzerland), outbound team leader Hans Huber (Shanghai)


Vocational Training Teams

From July 2013 the GSE program has been formally phased out by the Rotary Foundation and replaced with a new program called Vocational Training Teams – that is similar to GSE but more closely aligned with Rotary's Six Areas of FocusVocational training teams (VTTs) are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own.

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Read more information about our Rotary Foundation activities here.

china Rotary club Projects

Rotarians in China have witnessed tremendous development in the cities where we live and work, but we also see immense needs remaining and so our clubs have supported many worthy service projects locally and throughout the country.

Here are some examples of successful club projects, some of which are supported by more than one club, together or in parallel.

Sichuan Earthquake Relief

In 2008 Western China suffered a devastating earthquake. Rotarians in China supported our Rotary project partner ShelterBox to secure rapid entry into the country and established channels of communication with key government partners in the affected region - so families could be saved.

Gift of Life

Rotarians in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Suzhou have raised funds to screen and identify needy patients with congenital heart disease - and worked with reputable hospitals to successfully treat more than 1000 young patients, giving them the true gift of life.

Wheelchairs for the Disabled

Since 2000 Rotarians in China have worked alongside the Wheelchair Foundation to distribute more than 8000 wheelchairs to needy adults and children, throughout the country.

Libraries for Schoolchildren

Both Beijing and Shanghai clubs have strongly supported the Library Project and Shinshin Educational Foundation to place libraries of children’s books in poor schools throughout the vast Chinese countryside. To date we have been the largest single donor to the project, sponsoring more than 100 libraries.

Clean Water for All

While we take ready access to water for granted, for many nomadic people in the western regions, obtaining clean water for family and animals is a daily burden that is often born by ladies and young girls. This has a negative impact on healthy, hygiene, economic development and their quality of life. Rotarians are helping bring fresh water closer to villages.