We are Cathy and Eric. In 2013, we joined an international NGO and participated in humanitarian missions around the world, such as refugee camp in South Sudan, Somali Region in Ethiopia, conflict zone in Yemen, and earthquake relief for Nepal. Inbetween missions, we volunteer in remote areas in China, such as Shangrila, Yaan and Weixi.
We are not aiming to save the world or end poverty. We simply believe that this is the best way to explore the world, as you can discover the actual life and culture of local people, you can stay in traditional accommodation that is not commercialized and you can taste the most authentic cuisine that is not adapted to tourists.
How is it like to work in the humanitarian and volunteering sector? Do you want to discover the mysterious and amazing unknown places that we have been to? With Guaiguaichai website, you can explore these places with our miniature models, music, video, article, etc.
It consists of photos and videos we took in the field. From here, you can explore our working condition in the field and the life and culture of local people.
This section contains work diaries, stories of our work and life and the people we encountered in the field, travel diaries, as well as some media coverages.
We use scale models to present the scenarios in the field. This method can give you a three dimensional experience that is surprisingly realistic.
In here, you can find a collection of handicrafts from the field, some are gifts from our local staff. They are the perfect gifts for your family and friends.
Nowadays, marketing and fundraising strategies of international NGOs are are highly commercialized. You can see touching photos and beautiful statistics from advertisements in all sorts of media, but in fact, most of the works are outsourced, based on sales statistics, staff KPI, click-through rate, TV rating, etc. Do donors actually know what is happening in the field?
We want to make humanatarian marketing more human, not just profit-driven. We want to use a different approach to show people the actual life and work in the field. We would like to adopt the social enterprise model, aiming to promote humanatarian and support the neglected population. We hope one day, we can establish an experience centre, in which all the facilities resemble the actual scenario in the field, such as tent, latrine, water suply system and waste zone. There will also be a mini library with infomation and books about humanatarian aid, a workshop where children can make miniature models, and finally, a small cafe serving our favourite South Sudan ginger coffee.
In 2020，we established Guaiguaichai Workshop,producing mainly miniature models, fingerboard ramps, and handicrafts made by neglected populations around the world.