The Commonwealth Society in Beijing (CSB) donated 50,000 yuan (US$ 8,170) to establish a Spring Bud Class in Xichang Central Primary School in Xichang Town, Tunchang County, south China's Hainan Province, on September 15, 2013.


The donation will go towards paying for six years of education for 20 needy girls under the local Spring Bud education campaign. President of Hainan Women's Federation Liu Jin thanked the CSB representatives on their behalf.


The representatives also distributed schoolbags and mooncakes to the female students, wishing both students and teachers a happy Mid-Autumn Festival. They also visited the demonstration site of women's employment and entrepreneurship in Tunchang County. The site mainly sells women’s oil paintings.


About 500 representatives, local residents, students and their parents attended the donation ceremony. Also in attendance were Deputy Director of the International Liaison of the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) Lu Yamin and Vice President of Hainan Women's Federation Li Youwu.


The CSB, established in 1993, consists of wives of ambassadors of member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, female diplomats and wives of diplomats in China. In recent years, the CSB has been focusing on Chinese women's and children's work, and promoting friendly exchanges and communications between Chinese women and women from member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.


The Spring Bud Project is an education aid project launched in 1989 by the China Children and Teenagers’ Foundation to help rural girl dropouts return to school.


The Hainan Women's Federation has enlisted the help of 27 companies and organizations and more than 10,000 charitable individuals in Hainan, Hong Kong, Europe and other provinces in China to raise more than 3.55 million yuan (US$ 580,070) to build six Spring Bud schools and 42 Spring Bud classes for more than 10,000 needy girls in Hainan over the past decade. More than 2,000 sponsored girls have finished high school education and over 100 have gone on to colleges, technical secondary schools or junior colleges.




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