Work Details

MSI’s agriculture and livestock projects work closely with farming communities, bringing training in sustainable livestock production, pasture development, and farming techniques. In partnership with both local people and foreign experts, MSI seeks to help communities achieve better harvests and life transformation through innovative and experimental programs, demonstrating practical techniques, and mentoring.
In 1995, MSI Livestock Program started in Zhaojue, Sichuan when the Zhaojue County Government invited MSI to assist farmers in their livestock program in two districts there, working among Yi farming communities. It was mainly a sheep lending program and helped 308 families in the first 10 years. MSI’s work has focused on local farmers who are often uneducated and living in poverty. Technical training for these farmers requires creativity and innovative teaching methods, oftentimes requiring extended time together sharing in their challenges.
The current Sunshine Farm project, working in partnership with the Zhaojue county government, focuses on supporting and assisting young adults and new agricultural entrepreneurs.  The farm provides training in farming skills by giving young adults opportunities for hands-on experience with new varieties of plants and livestock.  By providing character-building, health education, and financial management courses during the training period, the Sunshine farm project aims to help young farmers improve their life situation economically and socially.
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MSI aims to reach out to those who are in business-related fields.  This is accomplished by providing business consultation and management training courses.  MSI conducted its first Business Administration & Management Training courses in 2001 at three universities in Chongqing and Sichuan. Today, training continues with private businesses, and non-profit organizations.
MSI works to especially equip local Christian organizations to develop, manage, and conduct sustainable businesses that are a testimony to society.  MSI also provides support to Christian non-profit organizations that are addressing societal problems with the love of Christ.
MSI’s community development programs aim to serve poor, remote and marginalised communities.  The projects are designed to raise awareness of community needs, enable the community to think through problems and discover workable solutions, and improve overall living standards. Awareness training, small group discussion, village mapping, skills training and character building activities are some of the participatory methods used to help communities in achieving sustainable development.
Village Development
Cooperating with townships and villages, MSI has started 3-year holistic health training and community development projects to give families training in management, sanitation and environmental care that leads to sustainable development. In tandem with the training, MSI began to work with villagers on a water project to repair their broken water system. MSI also conducted several financial management training sessions with each village group.
Urban Development
As China’s urbanization continues, MSI is exploring the needs of migrant families who are moving into large cities.  Healthcare and educational infrastructures are strained, and marginalized communities bear the brunt of the problems.  MSI workers are looking to provide social services and counseling services for these families.
Education is one of the great equalizers of society as it cuts across economic and social barriers.  However, access to education continues to be a challenge to many even though China provides nine years of free compulsory education.  Many children in rural areas, children of migrant families, disabled children, and children in economically poor families are unable to truly benefit from the Chinese educational system due to various barriers.  MSI’s educational programs address the needs of students from elementary to high school and college level. MSI provides financial assistance, English teaching, tutoring, summer camps, and character building activities.
English Teaching 
MSI places long-term English teachers in universities as well as in primary and middle schools. In the universities, MSI workers teach undergraduate and post-graduate students, including students in medicine, political science, finance and economics. To help students improve their listening and speaking skills, MSI provides an opportunity for them to practice and interact with fluent English speakers. To broaden the students’ cross-cultural awareness, there are also opportunities for cultural exchange.
MSI has also been invited to train English teachers on more effective English teaching techniques and to help enhance their oral proficiency. Teacher trainers have developed programmes for rural and urban communities. The programmes are also tailored to various levels of educators, from primary to postgraduate.  They include in-class teaching, oral English practice, cultural exchange activities and summer English camps.
Special Education Training
In 2014, a newly established Special Education School  invited MSI to help their teachers acquire needed skills for teaching students with special needs.
Educational Sponsorship
Through educational sponsorship, MSI helps poor and needy students access secondary educational opportunities, and eventually become self-sufficient, contributing members of their communities. MSI workers journey with students and their families, providing a personal touch of love and care through regular family visits and special monthly programs or during school holidays.  .
Migrant Families
Migrant families in China’s growing urban cities are often excluded from the local educational, healthcare and social welfare systems. MSI seeks to serve these migrant workers and their families, especially the migrant children who are facing challenges in school. Through the provision of academic assistance, recreational activities, and counselling, MSI seeks to strengthen the local community and family relationships.
Youth Programmes
MSI  runs a Youth Centre which provides vocational training to young people. The centre is a cooperative effort with the local county government in Zhaojue County, Sichuan Province.  Zhaojue is part of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.  Situated deep in a high-altitude, mountainous area, it is characterised by harsh winters and little arable land. These factors, coupled with language and cultural differences between the Yi people and mainstream Chinese people, make it very difficult for young Yi adults to find opportunities in Zhaojue. The Youth Centre activities include:
  • Vocational training – farm management, greenhouse technology, carpentry and building, sewing, handicrafts, and computer skills.
  • Life skills training – basic hygiene, safety, handyman skills, personal responsibility, character building, moral values and ethics, and service attitudes.
  • Cultural training – to broaden students’ perspectives of life and to help them appreciate their own culture as well as understand and respect other cultures.
  • Recreational activities – physical exercise and wholesome fun while learning about co-operation and team work.
MSI partners primarily with county-level hospitals in inland provinces to help raise the level of academic and clinical care. With marginalised people as the main service recipients, MSI hopes to set good examples of holistic care for patients and staff. MSI healthcare workers freely impart knowledge, share experiences and model compassionate care.
Our hospital-based medical programmes place long-term workers and bring in short-term medical teams to work together with local health authorities and medical institutions to:
  • upgrade the medical knowledge and skills of their healthcare professionals, including medical students
  • improve the local hospital’s patient care through skills imparted and values modelled
  • improve the delivery of healthcare services
  • equip local hospitals with needed equipment, and train personnel to use the new hardware
  • develop healthcare services relevant to the local community
MSI also raises awareness of healthcare issues through a holistic program that includes basic health and disease prevention training, family management, character building and environmental education. The programme works towards providing a seamless continuity of service from in-patient to community care.
Current Projects
Medical
  • Resuscitation and trauma courses with emphasis on skills acquisition and team work
  • Training in hospital-based medical specialties: emergency medicine, paediatrics, neonatology, cardiology, ENT, cleft surgery, orthopaedics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, etc.
  • Medical student elective programme
  • Clinical services: primary care, specialty care in HIV/AIDS, surgical treatment and post-operative care for disabled children
Rehabilitation
  • Training and supportive activities for parents of autistic or disabled children
  • Training for special education teachers
  • Training for rehabilitation workers
  • Mental health rehabilitation
Counselling
  • Counselling services to middle school students
  • Clinical counselling – broken families, divorce, anxiety, stress, youth issues, unemployment, disability, single elderly/child at home
Health Training
  • Basic community health education
  • Burn prevention
  • Maternal & child healthcare training at township and village levels
  • Promoting the vision of volunteer work and training volunteers to serve the community.
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