Si Li Ji Ren Education Dream Support Program
On 22nd November, the “Si Li Ji Ren Education Dream Support Program - The 2013 Ya’an Nursery Class”, initiated by the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation, was inaugurated at Si Chuan Ya’an Vocational College. Present at the inauguration ceremony were Mr. Zhou Minqian, Director of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Sichuan Provincial Government, Mrs. Xu Xu, Vice Mayor of Ya’an City, Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG and Chairman of the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation, and Mrs. Shi Jing, Dean of Ya’an Vocational College as well as the students receiving the assitance.
The “Si Li Ji Ren Education Dream Support Program- The 2013 Ya’an Nursery Class” was launched by the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation for the special purpose of aiding the virtuous and studious students from the impoverished families in Ya’an City. This Program helped them to get rid of poverty through developing the necessary skills by studying in the Nursery Class. It was funded by the philanthropic donations of over 2.4 million Yuan made by LKKHPG, Infinitus China and their employees and distributors.
The “Ya’an Nursery Class” is set up under the Nursery Department of Ya’an Vocational College. According to Dean Mrs. Shi Jing, the Nursery Major in this Department has been listed as one of the national programs for training talented students with much-needed skills. It is a key major of this college that promises good chances of employment. Meanwhile, knowledge and expertise acquired from this major will also help the graduated students to conduct rehabilitation treatment for people suffering from the earthquake. The families of the 25 students who have been enrolled in this Class were also victimized by the earthquake to different extents. At the opening ceremony, these students showed their profound gratitude by performing a meticulously-orchestrated sign-language dance and writing down letters of appreciations with simple and touching words in which they promised to live up to such kindness and care.
“I was deeply moved by the people who came to help us out during the earthquake and since then I have made my mind to study medicine in order to heal the wounded and rescue the dying,” said Luo Yang, a student from Longmen Town, Lushan County of Ya’an City, “but the tuition was a burden too heavy for my family, as we are still living in dilapidated house torn by the earthquake. I want to thank the Si Li Ji Ren Foundation for bringing me warm sunshine and strength. I will study hard to return the kindness by helping more people in the future.”
In his introduction to this Program, Mr. Harry Yeung said: “One Si Li Ji Ren Nursery Class will last for three years and the Foundation will cover the students’ tuition, accommodation expenditure and other miscellaneous fees. They are the first group of students aided by the Foundation. The second group of 25 students will be chosen through public enrollment in accordance with the enrollment policy of the College and will be admitted to the college in the fall of next year.”
He added that, besides training on professional nursery skills, the Program also included courses on the moral integrity and health philosophies enshrined in the core value of Si Li Ji Ren, both of which crystallized the traditional Chinese wisdom and fully leveraged the edge of donors so that students can enjoy well-rounded development. In providing assistance and care to these students, we hope that they can not only excel in their academic studies but also cherish a loving and benevolent heart. To this end, we will organize the student to engage in philanthropic activities during the three years of their study so that these students, while being helped, can also help others.
This is the second time that Si Li Ji Ren Foundation made donation to the earthquake-hit area of Ya’an. The first one was made right after the earthquake broke out on April 20th. Si Li Ji Ren Foundation collected donations totaling 1.25 million from Infinitus China and delivered it to the disaster-stricken area through the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office. This Nursery Class Program represented another pioneering endeavor of the Foundation to help the disaster-stricken area to regain its vitality. The Program will not only bring hopes to the students and their families wishing to shake off poverty but also cultivate talents with skills much-needed in society.