Teams of volunteers have been travelling to Dengke for over 20 years to provide aid and assistance to the locals.
Because of the extreme remoteness of the town, many wonder how Dengke became the destination for these "mercy missions."
The International Friendship Centre is established in the heart of Dengke to better enable teams in aiding and assisting the locals through the provision of improved facilities: a place to see patients, welcome friends and visitors, provide teaching and training, and serve as accommodation for the teams of volunteers.
Dengke is a small rural town on the banks of the River Yangtze, hidden away on the Tibetan Plateau in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan, China.
The remoteness, isolation and surrounding mountainous area bring many challenges for locals.