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Dripping Water Elementary School
Frances Virginia Bost Rollins Tea Garden & Oil Mill

Facts about school:
Tuition and fees per year RMB 300 ($36.5) Per capita annual income RMB 440 ($53) in 1997
Number of teachers 4 Number of students 98
Location Gucheng County, Hubei Province (Click for Map)

School and project photos:
  Children at the DrippingWater School smiling thank Mrs. Rollins for her support to the TeaGarden program which helps them generate enough money for them to go to school.  
Project developments:

  • In March 1998, the Phelex Foundation funded RMB 35,000 to establish a tea garden and an oil-processing mill. There was additional RMB 8,300 funding from other sources.
  • To ensure the success of the project, the Foundation also provided tuition aid to 12 first graders, 11 second graders, 8 third and 16 fourth graders in the spring of 1998.
  • Mrs. Rollins in the United States adopted the project. Children at the Dripping Water School wrote letters to thank Mrs. Rollins' heartwarming support.
  • Motivated by the school project, villagers installed drinking water pipes for the first time in the village, and built rooms for oil processing equipments. In July 1998, tea processing brought an income of RMB 5,030.90 to the school after taxes. The Frances Virginia Bost Rollins Oil Mill gained another income of RMB 2,886.20. The money was mostly used for tuition aid. (see the chart below)
  • In April 2000, Mr. Rollins from New York visited the project site. In November 2001, Mr. Fu Zhijiang in Hong Kong donated RMB 1,200 worth of goods to the Dripping Water School.
  • The Community Council in Dripping Water village took the responsibility to supervised the use of funds and proceeds throughout the whole tea and oil production. All accounts appear very clean and clear.
  • In May 2002, the Phelex Foundation organized a charity sale hoping to find a market for school produced tea. The principal and three children came to Beijing to sell the Dripping Water Tea themselves, which drew a lot of public attention and received a great deal of support from people in Beijing. (see Beijing Youth Daily reports) The tea sale proves that the sustainable tuition aid program has worked very well to help children in the DrippingWater Elementary School.
  • In Sept. 2002, the PF staff visited the school, audited the program accounts and understood the distribution of funds of the tea charity sale and Beijing citizens' donations, and book storage. In the spring and autumn, the school funded 116 needy pupils at a cost of RMB 7, 991.4, and spent RMB 3, 037 from the tea charity sale in setting up a multi-functional classroom with books, music, computers and English study. Left RMB 13, 942.4 of the tea charity sale fund. According to the community council's solution, all books donated by Beijing citizens were registered. A centralized management and strict library system were performed to ensure no books lost.
  • In Mar. 2003, Dripping Water green tea, registered a trademark of ‘Green Dripping Water', passed authoritative certification of experts from home and abroad and was produced on scale.
  • In Apr. 2003, Beijing TV reporters went to Hubei and specially covered the ‘Green Dripping Water' tea tuition aid program.
  • In May 2003, the ‘Green Dripping Water' tea samples passed the test of the Commodity Quality Supervision and Testing Center of Drinks and Tea of Chinese Business Association.
  • In Jun. 2003, the program made transaction on the Internet through the tuition aid information system of for the first time.
  • In Jul. 2003, students and teachers of Tao Hangzhi Institute of the people's University of China held the ‘Green Dripping Water' tea charity sale on their campus.
  • On 16-21 Sept., 2003, Dripping Water Elementary School funded by the PF held the tea charity sale for tuition assistance in Shanghai Hall of Science and Technology, Fudan University, Yonghe Elementary School of Zhabei district and commercial area of Fuzhou road, helped by Shanghai Society of Tea, the Society of philosophy department and the CYLC of Shanghai Fudan University, Shanghai Youth Center of Huangpu district and Shanghai Yonghe Elementary School of Zhabei district. (CYCL, the Communist Youth League of China )
  • In Oct. – Nov. 2003, the ‘Green Dripping Water' tea charity sale continued at some universities in Beijing and Shanghai .
  • In 2004, the program gained RMB 21, 789.5 proceeds, volunteers donated RMB 750. In Feb. 74 needy pupils were funded at a cost of RMB 2, 936.15 .
  • In May 2004, the program funded 187 needy pupils at a cost of RMB 4, 081.84 .
  • In Sept. 2004, the program funded 35 needy pupils at a cost of RMB 1, 888.95 .
  • In 2004, the school was widely paid attention by people from home and abroad. Volunteers from Shanghai , Zhejiang , Beijing , Dalian and etc supported the tuition aid activity through tea purchase, donations, voluntary teaching and etc.
Tuition Aid Received by:
Year Tuition aid amount Number of beneficiaries
RMB 2,080
RMB 7,528.80
RMB 5,522.79
RMB 4,164.65
58 (male 32, femal 26)
RMB 8,076
RMB 13,776.35
RMB 8,906
Tea processing equipment are ready to run.(more about Mr. Vinton Rollins and his visiting )

  Mr.Rollins donated a computer to the Dripping Water School.
On 1st May, 2002, Dripping Water Tea Charity Sales.(more about Tea Charity Sales)    

Jottings :

Adoption Status: adopted by Mrs. Frances Virginia Bost Rollins
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