Xiaohong Wang, a third-year elementary school student in rural areas in Wuhan, lives with her grandparents, and her parents have been working in Guangzhou for a long time. Due to the impact of the COVID 19 outbreak, her parents went back to home before the Spring Festival. They don‘t know when they can return to the city to work. However, the whole family ’s expenses are supposed to be entirely dependent on the income from their work. The school is about to start. Although the country has implemented nine-year compulsory education, the transportation, meals, and stationery required for children to go to school requires funds. What should they do?
In the Miao village in Guizhou, a sister and her brother live with their grandmother who is nearly 70 years old. Among them, the sister was in the first grade of high school and little brother is in the fifth grade of primary school. Their father died long time ago and their mother has worked in Zhejiang for a long time. Because of the COVID 19 epidemic, her mother was unable to go out after the Spring Festival, and her savings were running low. Children need to go to school, and especially as the high school tuition fee for a year is several thousand yuan, what should they do when school starts? She had to borrow money from her cousin and friends. In fact, there are many families like them facing the same problem.
In a national poverty-stricken county in Hebei, there is one family with divorced parents, and three children who grew up with grandparents; the father works outside all year round. During this time, he hasn’t gone to work since the COVID 19 outbreak. Faced with household expenses, what will happen to them since three children are going to school soon?
These are the low-income families with the most urgent needs that we are currently finding in rural China, and they are facing the most pressing problem. Zigen supports nearly a hundred green eco-schools in remote rural areas such as Hubei, Guizhou, Yunnan, and Hebei, China. The teachers in the school take the children to work in the labor base, learn the local culture, and the teachers pay attention to the environmental education of the children. Children are looking forward to returning to school early, but for parents of poor families, how to raise the necessary expenses for children to go to school?
To this day, the COVID 19 epidemic is still severe. We praise the kindness of civic-minded persons. we are also distressed by the dedication of the front-line medical staff, and we see the misfortune and strength of Wuhan people as well. But we cannot ignore this group of people: ordinary grassroots people who are affected by the epidemic and whose families are in temporary difficulties. In China, fighting the epidemic is a tough battle. At the grass-roots level, the ordinary people are also facing a life test when fighting the epidemic.
For the past 30 years, Zigen Fund has always been rooted in the rural area of China, and it has experienced the struggles and needs of poor farmers together. During current hard time, Zigen realized that some small business owners and farmers would not be able to conduct any production activity for at least several months; some farmers could not sell their products, which caused cash flow stress and income decline; some low income family could not go out for work because of the quarantine policy; some students from the low income family could not keep doing the part-time work while studying due to the epidemic situation, which caused the family to fall into a temporary financial dilemma.
This is a very urgent and necessary help: For the students with family financial difficulties to successfully get through the epidemic, the Zigen Foundation will launch a donation campaign from February to April. Taking Zigen’s Green Eco School as the unit, combining the epidemic-affected counties and key counties in Hubei, Shanxi, Hebei, Guizhou, and Henan, and taking the opportunity of home-school-village co-construction, the school’s financial aid for poor families’ students was extended to support the families affected by the epidemic.
The funds raised will be used for special purpose and will be distributed to the families and poor students affected by the epidemic in the form of financial aid such as bursaries and living allowances to ensure the normal learning life of students. The plan will provide families with junior high school and elementary school students with a subsidy of $100 each, and high school student families with a subsidy of $200 each. Fund raising and use of funds will also be announced regularly.
The epidemic is ruthless, but we have millions of one heart!
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