- The Phelex Foundation funded the project in partnership
with the village and local government in 1997. Xiabao School
built Rosasco vegetable and flower greenhouse. The Foundation provided tuition assistance to 5% students,
and among them 31% were girls.
- In February 1998, three greenhouses were completed for
flower plants and a tea garden was ready for new tea plants.
In April, garden irrigation system was installed. In May
some flowers and vegetables were ready for sale.
- In October 1998, Mr. Rosasco visited the school and provided
financial support to a student's family who was among the
poorest but the best student in school. (Please see more
about Mr. Rosasco) Mr. Rosasco also helped establish
a Nutritious Lunch program aimed at providing two eggs and
two 3 ounces meat per child/teacher per week.
- In April 1999, the tea processing facility was completed,
funded by the Foundation and Mr. Rosasco. All the plants
- In August 1999, the project could not make profit. The
local government decided to give Xiabao Elementary School
additional 3 mu land to expand the tea garden.
- In April 2000, the sale of flowers earned an income, which
helped sustain tuition aid program for needy students. (see
the chart below)
- The healthy accounting system played an important role
in managing the Rosasco Greenhouse. The Community Council
announced all accounts and tuition aid distribution to the
public, which won the trust of parents and villagers.
- In Apr. 2000, the program sold some flowers and funded some needy pupils.
- The transparent and open financial system played an important role in the program management. Villagers' participation increased the transparency of program management, harmonized the relationship between the school and villagers, and improved education environment.
- On 3 Apr. 2002, Cong yang, a needy pupil, was exempted from RMB 443.9 tuition fees. Besides. The program sold sapling to the Public Health Bureau of Yidu to the value of RMB 2, 500 , the Public Health Bureau provided 100 health book bags and a lot of stationery instead of cash.
- In Mar. 2003, the program sold flowers, supported 29 pupils and offered RMB 788 tuition aid fund .