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Muyu Elementary School
The Tea Garden

Facts about school:
Tuition and fees per year RMB 280 ($34) for Grades 1-4
RMB 360 ($44) for Grades 5-6
Per capita annual income RMB 730 ($89) in 2000
Number of teachers 17 Number of students 380
Location Shengnongjia, Hubei Province (Click for Map)

School and project photos:
Students take school seriously. They concentrate intensively in class.   Students at Muyu Elementary School bring lunch to school. 90% students only have mixed corns and rice with no meat or vegetable all year long.

Project developments:

  • The Phelex Foundation funded the project of the Tea Garden in partnership with the village in 1997. The total funding was RMB 40,390.68, which was used to revive a 30 mu abandoned tea garden.
  • To ensure the success of the project, tuition aid program was provided to 23 needy students, 34.8% were girls.
  • Besides generating tuition aid, the project aimed at providing all children a free nutritious meal once or twice a week since the living condition was so hard for the families in Shennongjia District.
  • In 1998, the Tea Garden project gained an income 0f RMB 10,000 through selling raw tealeaves and processing tea. In October 1999, the Tea Garden brought RMB 9,780 income.
  • In 2000, school staff and parents formed Community Council, which is responsible for the use of proceeds and fair distribution of the tuition aid.
    In May 2000, the Foundation provided RMB15,000 to the project. In June the project again gained RMB 8,699. More students benefited from the proceeds of the project. (see the chart below for details)
  • In 2002, Shuiguohu Elementary School in Wuhan City started an exchange program with Muyu, and music teachers took turns to teach at Muyu Elementary School.
  • Ms. Wendy Tam in the Untied States was very touched by this tuition sustainable project and made contributions to Muyu Elementary School, which helped with the purchase of some music instruments. The Wendy School Band is in progress, which will bring joyful experience to the students beginning this fall.
  • Wendy School Band was setup on Sep. 3rd, 2002 and the school received the package of stationeries mailed by Ms. Wendy.
Tuition Aid Received by:
Year Tuition aid amount Number of beneficiaries
RMB 5,150
RMB 4,425
2000 RMB 3,105 26
2001 RMB 3,960 66
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