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Liuping Elementary School
The Fish Pond

Facts about school:
Tuition and fees per year RMB 840 ($102.4) Per capita annual income RMB 570 ($69) in 1996
Number of teachers 20 Number of students 230
Location Changyang County, Hubei Province (Click for Map)

School and project photos:
 
The fish are raised inside boxes in the Qingjiang River. Students work at the fish pond after class.

Project developments:

  • 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 school projects.
  • 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.
Tuition Aid Received by:
Year Tuition aid amount Number of beneficiaries
1998
RMB 1,060 20
1999
RMB 3,010 301
2000
RMB 7,832 241
2001
RMB 9,792 195

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