A former Project Hope poster girl is now donating to the Chinese education project for poor students from which she herself once benefited.
In 1991 when Su Mingjuan was 8 years old, China Youth Daily photographer Xie Hailong took a picture of her in a shabby classroom in poverty-stricken Jinzhai County, Anhui Province.
With her large, crystal-clear eyes, Su became a symbol of the country's efforts to promote nine-year compulsory education among all school-age children.
Born to a poor family in East China's Anhui Province, Su risked dropping out of school. But as a beneficiary of the charity, she continued her schooling, went to college and got a job in the banking industry after graduation.
Su donated her first paycheck to the project and has donated 1,000 yuan every year since she started working.
In 2018 she established a fund in her name to help poor students. The fund so far has aided 45 college freshmen.
"Project Hope has given me both financial support and the spirit of self-reliance and self-motivation," Su said.
The project was launched in 1989 by the China Youth Development Foundation and the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China.