Library at Chenjiaba Secondary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan

Date 17 June, 2010
Place Chenjiaba Secondary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Organizers Chenjiaba Secondary School
Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading facilities for the rebuilt school after the earthquake;
To help establishing sustainable educational facility for the afflicted students of the earthquake.

Report

The old Chenjiaba Secondary School was located at Chenjiabachang Town, 19 km east of the old city of Beichuan. The whole school including the academic and office building, laboratory, teaching staff and student hostels, and all facilities were totally disrupted in the huge earthquake in 12 May. 11 students and 5 teachers were reported dead, with dozens injuried. After the earthquake, the students have to go to other parts of Beichuan such as Guixi and Mianyang to continue their studies.

After the casualties, with assistance from Qingdao city, the reconstruction project of Chenjiaba junior high school was started on 12 January 2009 and completed on 25 August 2009. The new school is named as “Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County Haier Chenjiaba Secondary School”.

The new school is located at Shuangyan Village of Chenjiaba. The school has a site area of 15,550 sq m, a total floor area of 6,087 sq m, and comprises of the teaching zone, living zone and sports zone. The teaching zone has 15 classrooms, one laboratory for each of the physics, chemistry and biology class respectively, a PC room, multi-media teaching room, language room, music room, arts room, teaching room for children not living with their parent or parents who are working in other areas, and 8 teaching staff offices. The living zone has 40 student hostels, a student canteen and a restaurant, and 8 teaching duty rooms. The sports zone, with a site area of 5,000 sq m, has a 200-m circular track, a 100-m track, and a mini football field. Also, the school is fenced and has a green area. All the facilities and equipment in the functional teaching rooms, offices, laboratories, canteens and hostels are brand new. Total investment of the school amounts to 21.57 million yuan.

The school officially opened on 30 August 2009. Currently, it has 511 students of 12 classes; 39 teaching staff, 35 of them are permanent staff.

Green Field Foundation has visit the afflicted school in 2009 and decided to allocate RMB150,000 yuan from the “Care for Tomorrow” program to buy books and equipment for the library at the school to help establishing sustainable educational facilities for the afflicted students.

A total of RMB150,840 yuan was spent in the library. Facilities provided include book, bookshelves, desk and chairs, and computers.

The original plan of the school did not include the library and reading room. After the foundation expressed the wish of donation, the school authority decided to transform 2 offices into a library and a corridor linking the 2 teaching building into the reading room.

The reading room is spacious and well-lit with 30 reading desks and 180 seats. We had donated 5,000 books to the library. Two volunteers work as instructors and librarians in the library, responsible for handling, lending the books, setting up electronic files, and guiding the students.

Our volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao is responsible for managing and purchasing the books and facilities for the reading room. Construction of the library and reading room was completed on 17 June 2010 and has been opened since then.

As representatives of the GFF, we attended the ceremony of donation of reading room held at Haier Chenjiaba Secondary School on 25 June 2010.

Volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao
25 June 2010

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Reading Room at Ganxi Primary School, Mianyang City, Sichuan

Date 20 May, 2010
Place Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Organizers Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading facilities for the rebuilt school after the earthquake;
To help establish sustainable educational facility for the afflicted students of the earthquake.

Report

The huge earthquake in 12 May disrupted the whole Ganxi Primary School in Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County. With support from the Party, the Government and the whole community, construction of a new school building was started on 7 August 2009 and already completed. A celebration ceremony was held on 9 May 2010. With donations of 6.5 million yuan raised by Suzhou TV News “Night Express” together with Gusu Evening Post and contributed through the Suzhou Red Cross, and 5.36 million yuan from Pingguo County, Baise City, Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, construction of the multifunctional new school can be progressed smoothly on a new site as planned by the County’s educational authority.

The new school building is located at Guixi Village, Beichuan County, with a site area of 38 acres and floor area of 5,000 sq. m. which can accommodate 380 students and a full range of facilities including a 300-m running track, football field, basketball court, and an academic building. The Academic Building has a laboratory, PC room, music room, arts room, multi-media teaching room, technical room, Party office, library, and filing room. To ensure education quality, the school has recruited a team of more than 20 teachers with college or above education level, and relevant supporting staff.

In support of the reconstruction of the quake-affected areas in Sichuan and to help in establishing sustainable educational program for the afflicted students of the earthquake, the Green Field Foundation has made a visit there and decided to allocate RMB100,000 yuan from the “Care for Tomorrow” program for buying books and bookshelves for the Library at Ganxi Primary School.

Items worth RMB100,800 yuan including bookshelves, desk and chairs, books and computers were bought for the Library.

The Library, with an area of 75 sq m, is located at the third floor of the Academic Building. We estimated during our visit that the School has received over 1,000 books donated by all walks of life after the earthquake, plus the 5,800 books donated by us, the total number of books reach 7,000.

Our volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao is responsible for managing and purchasing the books and facilities for the School. Construction of the Library was completed on 20 May 2010 and has been opened since then. There are 6 reading desks and 36 seats, a librarian and guidance course for students.

As representatives of the GFF, we attended the ceremony of donation of reading room held at Guixi Primary School on 25 June 2010.

Volunteer in Sichuan, Mu Guang Yao
25 June 2010

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Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan

Date September, 2009
Place Huimin Community Centre, An County, Sichuan
Organizers Ganxi Primary School, Beichuan Qiang Autonomous County
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives To provide reading and recreational facilities for afflicted people of the earthquake;
After working for nearly a month, the Community Reading Room at An County, Sichuan was completed on 20 August, and was opened officially by the end of September.

Report

The basic facilities of the Reading Room includes printed books, electronic books, library catalogue, information, burglarproof devices, computers, desks and chairs, bookshelves, etc.

Regarding the book collection, we have bought 7,000 printed books as planned. Together with the 610 free copies given to us by the book dealer, we got a total of 7,610 printed books. All the books are certified copies by the authority. We bought the library management system also and had arranged professionals to conduct training on book cataloguing, classification, shelving and management for staff of the Reading Room. We have prepared a catalogue for all the books, registered the books, fixed a magnetic strip in every book and installed an alarm system at the exit of the Reading Room. All these will ensure good maintenance, avoid losses of books and facilitate long-term use of the Reading Room.

We have created a Local Area Network (LAN), through which a number of PCs are connected to a main computer to access the electronic books. It saves the cost of buying a server and solves the issue of sharing of as much as 36,000 electronic books. The electronic books cover many areas, that compliment and enrich our book varieties and saves much for buying printed books.

The purpose for GFF to setting up a community Reading Room in An County is to improve the quality of life of local residence. With the Reading Room being set up, people can have a place to read and stay after work. By encouraging reading, people can gain more knowledge and information, enriching their life. GFF also provides organic and biodynamic farming technique books and materials to help local farming industry to improve their crops.

Mu Guang Yao

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English Summer Camp for Students of Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City

Date July 26-31, 2009
Place Temporary School Site of Youxian Secondary School, Mianyang City
Organizers Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors CCIF CPA Limited
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives
  • To organize summer activities for students of Youxian Secondary School. The school is going to have a long summer holiday since most teachers and staff have to prepare for the construction and opening of its new school.
  • To allow local students and young people understand the livelihood of students affected by last year’s earthquake. It is the last chance to experience teaching in a settlement school.

Report

Leading by Dr Graham Lock, the English Summer Camp for students of Youxian Secondary School at Mianyang City has been successfully executed. Youxian Secondary and Primary School had been destroyed during last year’s earthquake. The students are studying in a temporary structure 1 mile away from the original school site. The summer camp was held in the temporary site.

This year’s program was designed for junior secondary students. We had four professional teachers, volunteers from the sponsor, and some young volunteers. It was a big group of over 20 volunteers. However, the local response was unexpectedly high and we had to handle bigger classes than we had planned. It was hard work for our volunteers. Yet our hard work had been rewarded by the significant progresses of the students during the week. They are so eager to learn and their performances deeply impressed their teachers and our volunteers.

This event also provided a valuable experience for the volunteers, especially the younger ones. They have become the idols of local students and built up valuable friendship with them. The teachers and students of local area had been through such a tragic event, yet they were so content with what they had and living every moment wholeheartedly and happily. Living in Hong Kong, we should be grateful of what we have and learn from the people of the afflicted areas on how to face adversity and survive.

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BioDynamic Agriculture seminar for farmers of earthquake affected area

Date July 29-30, 2009
Place An County Government Building
Organizers An County Government
Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Sponsors Green Field Foundation Limited (GFF)
Aim and Objectives
  • To help farmers affected by the earthquake to revitalize their farmland;
  • To promote Green and BioDynamic farming technique among local farmers, authorities and interested parties.
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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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