Of China's 1.3 billion population more than two-thirds are farmers whose lives are toilsome but yield very meagre returns. The acquisition of literacy and numeracy is the only way to overcome inter-generational poverty in China. Students there receive a 9-year period of free education from primary through secondary school. Many children of poor families are forced to drop out of high school because they cannot afford the tuition fees. The "Gratia Education Scheme" was, therefore, established in 2004 to offer subsidies to higher middle-school students who are experiencing financial difficulties. The "University Student Financial Assistant Scheme" was launched in 2009 to support students, whose academic results are promising, towards completion of their university program.
Besides financial support, Gratia further extends love, care and encouragement to the students. The hope is that together with academic success, students will be imbued with a spirit of unconditional love. To that end, Gratia arranges regular visits with the students to become better acquainted with them, to strengthen bonds of amity and to bestow love and appreciation to them.