Sponsored by the Delta Environmental & Educational Foundation (DEEF), 11 "Sunshine Schools" - rural schools powered by solar energy - will be built in the earthquake-devastated Mianyang and Maerkang areas of Sichuan, with a total investment of at least 10 million yuan.
Designs of the schools are winning works of the 2008 Delta Cup International Solar Building Design Competition. "Sunshine Schools" use solar energy technologies to reduce power consumption in buildings, thereby minimizing environmental damage while taking into account practical aspects such as ventilation and heat insulation as well as aesthetics.
The ongoing "Defeat Hunger, Fight Poverty" photo exhibition, at the China World Trade Center in Beijing, looks back on 30 years of cooperation between the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and the Chinese government to eradicate hunger and poverty in China and other developing countries.
WFP's celebrity partner in China, Li Ning, a former Olympic champion and chairman of sportswear and facilities conglomerate Li Ning Co Ltd, has been invited by WFP to help distribute food from the Chinese government to Lesotho last December. He appealed to more people to pay attention to hunger and poverty issues.
Tetra Pak provides aid
Tetra Pak Group is donating 1.08 million yuan to the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation to set up 100 rural medical stations with full sets of medical facilities in quake-hit Deyang of Sichuan.
The first batch of 20 stations will be finished in May and all 100 are to be completed by October 2010. The move is just part of the Swedish company's $1.5 million efforts in post-disaster reconstruction in Sichuan.
Sichuan school finished
Thanks to donations from South Korea-based LG Electronics Group and support from the Red Cross Society of China, LG Yutang Love Middle School was recently finished.
The environmentally friendly school is located in earthquake-hit Yutang county of Sichuan province.
(China Daily 03/16/2009 page10)