Promoting Spring Bud Project
"Without your help, my sister and I could not have had the opportunity to receive higher education," Fu Huangfeng, a girl from a poverty-stricken family in Hepu, a county in South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, said to workers with Hepu Women's Federation, when she and Fu Huangqin, her sister, received subsidies from the workers. Fu Huangfeng bowed to the workers to express her gratitude to them.
The sisters are both beneficiaries of the Spring Bud Project. The project, operated by the China Children and Teenagers' Fund (CCTF), was implemented in 1989. The project's purpose is to help girl dropouts, in China's poverty-stricken areas, return to school. The program has also been helping China eliminate adult illiteracy while achieving the central government's nine-year compulsory education program.
The sisters' father has lost his ability to work since he was diagnosed with uremia many years ago. Luckily, the federation provided financial support to the girls, so they could stay in school. The sisters were both admitted to universities in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, after they passed China's university-entrance examination (CEE).
In addition to the sisters, the federation on that day organized entrepreneurs to provide subsidies to nine impoverished middle school students.
So far, the federation has provided five million yuan (US $746,269), combined, in subsidies to more than 400 impoverished students. This year, all of the 66 local girls, who sat for CEE, were admitted to universities or colleges (in different regions of the country).