Poverty al­le­vi­a­tion ex­pand­ing over­seas with Belt and Road ini­tia­tive: char­ity head

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Guo Yuan­dan

China’s poverty al­le­vi­a­tion ef­forts have ex­panded over­seas un­der the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, with long-term aid pro­grams es­tab­lished in South­east Asia and Africa, said a leader of an of­fi­cial Chi­nese char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion on Tues­day.

The China Foun­da­tion for Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion, a nongovern­men­tal char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion su­per­vised by the State Coun­cil Lead­ing Group Of­fice of Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment, has in­vested a to­tal 140 mil­lion yuan ($20 mil­lion) and es­tab­lished hu­man­i­tar­ian and long-term aid projects in 20 coun­tries and re­gions in­clud­ing Nepal, Myan­mar, Cam­bo­dia, Ethiopia, Su­dan, and Uganda, said Chen Hong­tao, foun­da­tion deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

The foun­da­tion pro­vided schools with free meals, com­put­ers and schol­ar­ships. It also helped women with em­ploy­ment train­ing, Chen told the Global Times on Tues­day, a day be­fore China’s fifth Na­tional Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Day.

Since 2015, the foun­da­tion has pro­vided 200,000 free meals a year to more than 5,000 stu­dents at over 50 schools in Su­dan and Ethiopia and plans to train 100 Ethiopian women in hand­i­crafts such as stone carv­ing and straw weav­ing.

In Myan­mar, the foun­da­tion has granted 5 mil­lion yuan to 1,300 col­lege stu­dents from poor fam­i­lies. Each stu­dent re­ceived 2,500 yuan a year for four-year study, Chen said.

In Nepal, it has dis­trib­uted free toi­lets, built a wa­ter tower and hand wash­ing sinks.

It has also trained 800 women, 200 chil­dren and 50 teach­ers, ac­cord­ing to Chen.

The foun­da­tion this year do­nated tens of thou­sands of pack­ages con­tain­ing sta­tionery, wa­ter bot­tles, lunch­boxes and books to poor pri­mary school stu­dents in Myan­mar, Nepal and Cam­bo­dia.

Since 2009, it has do­nated 5 mil­lion such pack­ages to Chi­nese pri­mary schools in poor ar­eas.

Glob­ally about 884 mil­lion peo­ple have no ac­cess to safe drink­ing wa­ter, ac­cord­ing to the foun­da­tion.

Some 121 mil­lion chil­dren and ado­les­cents are out of school and 800 mil­lion peo­ple live in hunger.

Chi­nese NGOs should learn from their for­eign coun­ter­parts in man­age­ment, fundrais­ing, project de­sign and su­per­vi­sion, Chen said.

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