Yak Bank

Yaks are long-haired cows that live at high altitude, on the grassy plains of the Tibetan plateau. Traditionally yaks are herded by nomads who travel with their animals from summer to winter pastures, so that the yaks can graze year-round.

Yaks are essential for the life and wellbeing of the herder. They produce wool and hair, from which the nomads make clothing, cloth for their tents, bags and ropes. Butter, milk, cheese, yoghurt and meat both nourish the family and bring cash income through sales. Bone and horns provide the nomads with tent pegs, containers and combs. Calves increase the size of the herd, creating a larger margin of survival for the herder…… READ MORE

Grass Planting Project

Large stretches of China are covered by grasslands, most of them in areas of high altitude. Rolling hills and plains, covered with waving tall grasses stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction. These areas are unsuitable for agriculture, but they are used by transhumant herders who raise yaks, sheep, goats and horses. For thousands of years these nomadic pastoralists with their herds and flocks have moved between winter and summer pastures, maintaining a precarious balance between sustainable rangeland management and a subsistence existence….. READ MORE

Grass Planting Project

Large stretches of China are covered by grasslands, most of them in areas of high altitude. Rolling hills and plains, covered with waving tall grasses stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction. These areas are unsuitable for agriculture, but they are used by transhumant herders who raise yaks, sheep, goats and horses. For thousands of years these nomadic pastoralists with their herds and flocks have moved between winter and summer pastures, maintaining a precarious balance between sustainable rangeland management and a subsistence existence….. READ MORE

Solar Washing Facilities

Location: QiulinTownship, Santai County, Middle North Sichuan
Beneficiaries: 800 individuals from one township middle school, one kindergarten, and one township clinic
Period:  November 2010-July 2011
Staff member responsible for project: Nima

General background of Santai County

SantaiCounty is located in the middle of north Sichuan Province. It is a mountainous area. Although the dominant nationality in this area is Han Chinese, the population of this county also consists of various other ethnic groups such as Hui, Tibetan, Qiang, Yi, Man, Bai, Tu, Mongolian, Yugur, and Miao. Santai County is famous for its local specialty, honey jujube, and has been the hometown of many of China’s high position military leaders…… READ MORE