CHINA Beneficiary turns benefactor of education charity

CHINA

Beneficiary turns benefactor of education charity

People's Daily app

22:47, September 13, 2021

A former Project Hope poster girl is now donating to the Chinese education project for poor students from which she herself once benefited.

Combo photo shows Su Mingjuan at class in this promotional photo of Hope Project (L) and Su giving gifts to students in Jinzhai Sanhe experimental school, her alma mater in Jinzhai, east China's Anhui Province, May 29, 2019 (R). (Photo: Xinhua)

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.

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