Looking for a helping hand? You’ve come to the wrong place. China has been ranked dead last in a new worldwide survey on generosity by the Charities Aid Foundation.
For the 2016 World Giving Index, the foundation polled an average of 1,000 people in 140 different countries or regions, asking them if in the last month they had helped a stranger, donated money to charity or volunteered their time.
While donating time and money to charitable causes is becoming more and more popular around the world, the situation is still not pretty in China, which ranked 140th out of 140 in the poll — just behind Palestine, Yemen, Greece and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Only 24% of Chinese respondents said that they had helped a stranger in the past month, good for last in the world. In comparison, 81% of Iraqis said they had lent a hand to a stranger in need.
Meanwhile, just 6% of Chinese said they had donated to charity, placing China at 138th in the world, behind only Yemen and Morocco. Just to the southwest, 91% of those polled in Myanmar said they had given money to charity during the same time period.
Finally, only 6% of Chinese said they had volunteered their time, once again ranking China 138th, ahead of Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Thanks to a diverse range of scams, China suffers from a severe lack of public trust; meanwhile, despite the influence of the West and Buddhism, a tradition of charitable giving has failed to develop in the country — showboat philanthropists notwithstanding.
Earlier this month, a new restaurant in Guiyang experimented with a “pay what you want” policy, and ended up losing 100,000 RMB in one week with some customers leaving just 1 RMB behind to pay for their meal. At the same time, here in Shanghai, opportunistic residents tried to ransack a pair of newly-opened “sharing fridges.”
When it comes to giving, China is essentially the anti-Myanmar, which topped the survey for the third year running. Back in 2010, China also ranked near the bottom of the World Giving Index.
Btw, this year, Taiwan came in at 50th on the list (38th in charitable donations). Here’s the top ten:
2) United States of America
4) New Zealand
5) Sri Lanka
8) United Kingdom
10) United Arab Emirates
You can read the full report here.
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