- The Phelex Foundation funded the project of the Fish Pond
in partnership with the village in 1997. Total initial funding
from the Foundation was RMB 40,000. Tuition assistance provided
to 50 needy students at the beginning of the project.
- Hubei Aquatic Institute provided free technical support
to the project. 31,000 fingerlings in boxes were put in
Qingjiang River in March 1998. Most fish survived 1998 summer
flood caused by Yangtze River. The Fish Pond project produced
10,000 kilogram live fish in the fall of 1998, and gained
an income of RMB 21,900.
- In March 1999, the school reinvested the project proceeds
to raise more fish. In December the fish sale reached RMB
70,830, which successfully achieved the goal of sustainable
tuition aid program. There were 41 needy students who received
tuition-aid that year.
- In January 2000, Foundation staff visited the project
site and helped the project regulated its accounting system,
and established community council, which supervised fair
distribution of tuition aid and the use of project proceeds.
The Foundation loaned RMB 10,000 to extend the project.
- Community Council discussed the plan to help needy children.
In June 2000, 30 students received tuition aid.
- In October 2000, the proceeds reached RMB 45,237, and
RMB7,832 spent on tuition aid for 244 students.
- The Fish Pond project is a very successful model project
among local schools. Principal Liu Taishan was invited to
be on the panel at Year 2000 Conference for Rural Community
Council to share his experiences and expertise in managing
- Liuping School is currently providing tuition aid not
only to all needy students within its own school, but also
to other needy children in other schools in the district
with the money generated from the profit of the Fish Pond
project. The project has become completely self-sufficient,
and the tuition aid program has become absolutely sustainable.
- In Apr. 2001, the program proceeds of RMB 9, 792 Yuan funded 195 needy pupils.
- In the secpond half of 2001, the local government encouraged individual fish breeding and imposed heavy taxes on collective fish breeding since the market changed. The program was forced to contract to individuals.
- In 2002, the fish boxes were seriously damaged after 5 years; the remaining materials were sold out to individuals. The proceeds were used to fund needy pupils. The program finished its tuition aid target and ended.
- In May 2004, Ms. Huaina Hou from Hong Kong Jiaying Limited donated RMB 200, 000 for constructing a student dormitory building with 780 square meter, 4 floors and 24 rooms.
- In Sept. 2004, Ms. Huaina Hou from Hong Kong Jiaying Limited donated 40 computers and teaching related equipment at a cost of RMB 150, 000.