Monsanto Fund Library (Community Development)
On May 9, 2017, the Monsanto Fund held the inauguration ceremony for the newly constructed library for Gushan Primary School in Inner Mongolia together with the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, our local partner.
Some notable attendees included representatives of the government, the County Office of Education, China Seed International, local press, employees of Monsanto China, as well as more than 900 students of the school.
The $225,000 grant by the Monsanto Fund enabled Gushan Primary School to build a 2-floor, 400m2 library and to purchase much-needed library equipment such as 10,000 books, 35 computers, 35 sets of tables and chairs, 20 bookshelves, and a lot more.
“Our aim is to help children in rural communities achieve their full potential by giving them as many opportunities as possible to learn and explore,” said Michelle Liu, Monsanto China Commercial Operations Lead. “We are very pleased with our collaborators, especially the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, the Aurn Qi government and the local education bureau, and who have allowed us to open the door to rural students to follow their natural curiosity and thereby improve the elementary education of Inner Mongolia.”
Jicg Chen, a CFPA representative, said “The agricultural sector, rural communities and farmers are essential to China's economic development. The China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation has been devoted to helping the farmers in poor rural areas improve their quality of life. We are certain that the Monsanto Fund China Green Village Project will benefit farming communities, support the construction of new facilities and stimulate growth of the local economy.”
The Monsanto Fund has been funding the “China Green Village” project since 2008, each year supporting a different province across China, with grant funding totaling more than US $1.5 million as of 2017. Nearly 6,000 farmers and 3,000 children have benefited from the project so far. The completed projects have given locals access to clean water, provided necessary agricultural technology, technical training for farmers, and helped improve education.