|Long-time volunteer - Mr. Du Yuxi
Mr. Du Yuxi has been working for many years as a Foundation volunteer
to help establish the Sustainable Tuition Aid Projects. When the "Pigeon
Farm" at Xixinbi
Elementary School wasfirst proposed, Mr. Du carefully researched project
feasibilities and sustainability. After funding by the Foundation
was approved, Mr. Du spent much time making arrangements, even to
the least details of the project. He was gratified to see the smiles
on children's faces as the pigeons grew stronger each day.
| (Right) Mr. Du Yuxi
Unfortunately and unexpectedly, the growing project met with misfortune
- one night, someone stole most of the pigeons, and on the following
day, the children were saddened to find the coops empty, which meant
that their tuition aid money for the following year was completely
gone. A concerned Mr. Du immediately contacted the Phelex Foundation
and the local government. Happily, the Foundation decided to send
additional money to replace the tuition aid money lost.
While the school rebuilt the project, Mr. Du worked even harder to
raise local funds, to persuade the government to make contributions,
and to secure the coops with better
designs and more security.
Later, Mr. Du Yuxi helped other schools in Shanxi Province to establish
similar projects and to make them run smoothly. He organized and facilitated
meetings to ensure the fair distribution of the available tuition
Recently, Mr. Du volunteered to research the feasibility of a new
herbal medicine garden project for the Daoxiang Elementary School.
His dedication has helped not only the Phelex Foundation, but also
needy school-age children. As a science teacher, he's taught a great
deal of science, but more importantly, he's taught children how to
help themselves and others, and how to get things done.
Over the years, Mr. Du has experienced both difficulties and happiness.
The latter has motivated him to continue volunteering without hesitation.
He has become a solid
supporter and advocate of the Phelex Foundation's school projects.
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