Ximeng CCIF Green Care School Building

Date September 2007
Completion Time: 2 – 3 Years
Place Nankang Village, Ximeng County, Yunnan
Organizers Ximeng County Education Bureau
Green Field Foundation Limited
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited
Project Executive Mr Wang (Director, Ximeng County Education Bureau)
Mr David Lai (GFF)
Aim and Objectives 1. Beautifying the campus;
2. Improving the quality of living of students and teachers;
3. Improving moral standard of students;
4. Setting a model for other schools;
5. Building an eco-community as guidance for rural construction.

Planning of the Eco-Campus

1. Objective

Primary objective is to serve the students.

2. Principle

To conduct planning according to the requirements for eco-campus and the pattern for ecosystem as per GFF proposal.

3.Current Situation
Number of Students:

Current year, there are 334 students and is expected to be around 300 for the next 3 years.

Existing Facilities:

2 Academic Buildings, 1 Office Building, 1 Student Quarter, 1 Student Canteen, 1 Playground, 1 Basket Ball Court, 1 Teachers’ Quarter, 1 Traditional Toilet, 4 Pig Houses, 2 Acres of Vegetable Farm, 6 Acres of Forest, and 4.7 Acres of Tea Farm.
Local Weather:
Ximeng County has abundant resource of solar energy. The climate is good for agriculture with highest temperature at around 32oC, lowest 8oC and an average of 25oC.

The annual rainfall amount in Ximeng is about 2500mm but the distribution is not even. The rainy season is from May to September and other than these months, rainfall is minimal. The longest record without rain is more than 1 month. Not many institutions has water tank due to the high building cost. The soil in Ximeng is not good in capturing water, therefore, there are rain and drought problems in the County.

4. Design

Eco-campus is a simple system depending on a balanced amount of production and consumption individuals. In order to build a more diverse system which will has more functions, we should:
- Expand the producer group (improve the vegetable farm and banana area);
- Introduce more consumer group (add chicken, pig); and
- Introduce the decomposer group (add earthworm, microorganism).

4.1 Water

The school has 2 sources of water supply and should be adequate for agriculture and pig farming if use with care. But the drainage and irrigation system is not well constructed and water always congregate in the playground during rainy season. Works need to be done in the drainage and irrigation system.

4.2 Garbage Handling Centre

The garbage produced by the kitchen is indeed quality material for compost. The garbage produced by students are mainly paper and plastics, which will be a source of income for poverty stricken children who may collect and sell the garbage to waste collection center. Therefore it is recommended to build a 2mx3m hut for collecting recyclable garbage and a 2mx4m hut next to the kitchen to treat the garbage produced from the kitchen.

4.3 Compost Toilet

To protect the environment and sustain the ecosystem, an odourless compost lavatory should be built next to the vegetable field and student quarter for convenience of use and waste collection.

4.4 Animal Farm

At present, the animal farm is next to the kitchen and canteen of teacher. It is recommended to move the animal farm next to the vegetable farm for easy eco-system management.

4.5 Waste Water Collection

To meet the actual needs, a waste water collection and re-utilisation system may solve partly the lack of water in dry season and ease the demand for rain water containers.

4.6 Others

In order to build a healthy environment, indoor stadium and other sporting facilities, canteen, lavatory and bathroom must be included.
To optimise efficiency of the ecosystem, the existing facilities and functions of the campus have to be reorganised as the draft below:

Planning Draft for the Eco-Campus of Nan Kang Village School

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Note: Planning of the Cultivation Ground can be found in the engineering planning draft.

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Building a Bridge in Qiaoma Town, Guizhou Province

Date Foundation Laying: August 2008
Completion: March 2009
Place Qiaoma Town, Ceheng County, Guizhou
Organizers Qiaoma Town Government
Green Field Foundation Limited
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited
Project Executive Mr Pan Chonghua (Town Head, Qiaoma Town Government)
Tina Law (GFF)
Teresa Kwok (GFF)

Report

Qiaoma Town of Ceheng County in Guizhou is a typical poor rural town. In December 2007 when GFF’s members visited the town school there, we found that the Zhegao River passing nearby is one of the contributory rivers of the Pearl River, from which comes the drinking water of Hong Kong people. In every raining season, the Zhegao River rises rapidly, and villagers and students have to risk their lives crossing the river to the main road and school. A student was drowned and washed away when crossing the river to school in the raining season of 2007.

The Qiaoma Town Government considers that building a bridge should come before a school for protecting the students. The Green Field Foundation Limited thus decides to sign an agreement with the Qiaoma Town Government on building a bridge which will be named “Junma Bridge” (Meaning Fine Horses Bridge), in association with the “Qiaoma Town” (Meaning Ingenious Horses Town).

We hope that the “Junma Bridge” will not only ensure the safety of the students crossing the River, but also safeguard the origin of the Pearl River against pollution.

The bridge project design will base on the principles of practicality and environmental friendliness. We will try to use local materials and technical staff and labour, in a view to provide employment for the villagers and help build the community.

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“We Care – A Token of Affection to Sichuan” Program

Date 23.06.2008 – 07.07.2008
Place Retail shops or offices of participants
Organizers Hallmark Cards (HK) Limited
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Hallmark Cards (HK) Limited
Project Executives Mr Robert Li (Hallmark)
Ms Alice Wong (Hallmark)
Florence Chan (GFF)
Teresa Kwok (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To encourage the children and forefront rescuers and bring along our tending hearts to the people in turmoil through a Card of Caring Words and a small Token of keepsake.


E Notice

Press Release Photos

Press Coverage

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Second Relief Operation in Sichuan

Volunteers of the Green Field Foundation went to the Sichuan afflicted areas from 1-7 November for the second relief operation and study of building school and community library. Due to a serious traffic accident, 2 volunteers from Hong Kong were seriously injured and their trip was suspended. The relief operation was solely executed by volunteers from the Mainland. Below is a report from Xiao Ke, our volunteer in China regarding the operation.

Words from Xiao Ke

Coming home last night, I still felt dizzy and tired. However, I would like to say something about this experience.

During this trip, we had only been to Youxian district, An County and Beichuan in Mianyang City, of which, An County and Beichuan were the most seriously affected. This is the rainy season in Sichuan and it had been raining constantly in Mianyang. Our sleeping area and bedclothes were all damp. I cannot imagine what it must be like for those victims living in temporary houses and tents.

From Mianyang to Beichuan, the roads were getting rougher as we went deeper into the mountain. We saw tents scattered along the road. The effect of earthquake could still be felt after 6 months. Houses are yet to be rebuilt due to the persistent aftershocks, continuous rain, and lack of construction materials and workers. We did not expect the houses could be built by this winter, and the authorities are urgently building temporary shelters for the victims before the worst of the winter weather. The night we reached Mianyang, heavy snow fell over the affected area in the mountainous Beichuan. My friend, who distributed materials in Pingwu, said it was very difficult to go through the road due to the snow. Then, what about the victims in the mountain?

With materials being sent in continuously in the last few months, many people may think that provisions are now adequate for the victims. This is the case for areas with good accessibility, but according to the person-in-charge in Beichuan and volunteers in Mianyang, life is still difficult in the remote areas. Beichuan is divided into an outer area and an inner area. There are 12 towns in the inner area, at the west of the barrier lake. Only 2 roads lead to the area. The first one is from Qingchuan through a meandering path of over 600 km. The second one is from Beichuan, but it cannot be passed through now due to the mud-rock slide on 24 September and the ruins of Beichuan county town. For now, the easiest way is by walking over the mountain for a few hours, then sail across the barrier lake to get there. Sending aid into the area seems almost impossible.

Nevertheless, we are determined to persevere in order to deliver aid to where the victims need it most. In the mean time, we put our faith in local officials who are working hard to think of ways to send the material to the inner area.

The purpose of our trip is to look for suitable location to set up libraries and recreational facilities for temporary schools and communities. When we brought out the topic with officials from the Education Bureaus in Beichuan, they told us that temporary houses for schools are very tight in the inner area, library and recreation facilities were their concern for now. I think they have bigger problems providing basic facilities for the schools which they did not want to bother us. We really want to go to the inner area, but we can’t!

Let’s contribute the best we can to help the victims and be together with them through the winter months.

My dear friends, let’s keep up our efforts!

Xiao Ke
9 November, at night

1-7.11.2008 Second Relief Operation in Sichuan

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1st Relief Operation in Sichuan

Date 28.06 – 04.07, 200
Place Afflicted Area of Sichuan Earthquake
Organizers Green Field Foundation Limited
Sponsors Donors of Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Aid Appeal
GFF attending members self sponsor
Project Executives Marcellin Shi
Master Sik Chi Wan
Tina Law
Aim and Objectives
  • To deliver relief material to afflicted area of Sichuan Earthquake.
  • To inspect the afflicted area and decide what we should do to help them to reestablish their lives.

Sichuan Relief Operation Photos 28.06.2008 – 04.07.2008

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Sichuan Earthquake Emergency Aid Appeal

Date June 2008 onward
Place Afflicted area after the earthquake
Organizers Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Project Executives Master Sik Chi Wan (GFF)
Marcellin Shi (GFF)
Teresa Kwok (GFF)
Cheryl Chan (GFF)

Programme Details

Greenfield Foundation Ltd has received first-hand report from volunteers working in Sichuan that the aid situation in the quake-affected areas is still in a state of confusion and disorder. Although a number of organisations continue to deliver aid materials to Sichuan, the lack of coordination means that the aid delivered does not always meet the needs of its recipients.

Volunteers have also raised concern over the lack of basic provisions for rescue workers and medical staff. Working night and day, these front-line workers are exposed to the unforgiving conditions without changes of clothes, with no basic hygiene products or energy-providing food.

The situation has become a desperate one. At the end of June, members of the Greenfield Foundation and volunteers will travel to Guiyang to purchase basic provisions (due to the lack of resources, the prices are now very high in Sichuan). We will then personally deliver these to front-line workers and survivors of the earthquake. The provisions will include:
- Rice
- Oil
- Medicine
- Water purifier
- Tents
- Toiletries (soap, feminine hygiene products etc)
- Clothes and towels

We are fortunate to have the help of some retired army officers, who will be joining our convoy and guiding us to more remote afflicted areas.

Due to the urgent and desperate nature of the appeal, we would like to ask for your generous donations in order to make this mission possible. Donations will be used to purchase the above provisions, and any remaining resources will be used in the “Care for Tomorrow” programme for the rebuilding work.

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“Care for Tomorrow” – Building A Post Earthquake Life for Needy Children

Date June 2008 onward
Place Afflicted area after the earthquake
Organizers Green Field Foundation Limited
Sponsors China Literacy Foundation Limited
Project Executive Master Sik Chi Wan (GFF)
Florence Chan (GFF)
David Lai (GFF)
Teresa Kwok (GFF)
Aim and Objectives The program will focus on re-establishing the life for youngsters under 21. Programs include:
1. Rebuilding damaged schools;
2. Education sponsorship;
3. Sponsorship program for orphans;
4. Medical expense for children;
5. Other related children program in needy regions.

Enotice                                Donations Form

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