Summary of Local Conditions
Bayan Tala Township is the 50km east of Dzalut County; population 20.000, of which over 8500 or 40% are Mongols. Farming and cattle raising are the main economic activities. Average per capita income in 2007 was approximately RMB2000, or $286.
Baya Tala Middle school supports k-9, with 856 students (743 elementary, 113 middle school), of which 55% or 471 are minorities (Mongolian, Manchu and Hui-Muslim). 350 live in school dormitories. 110 staff members. Of which 99 teachers, work there. Students go to school tuition free, but boarder pay RMB 50 for the bed and 400 for food per semester. About 120 students cannot afford this expense.
Plant 1000 mu (in two phases, about 500 mu in 2008 and an equal amount in 2009) of poplar trees on land provided gratis by the township. Build a 20 mu nursery for saplings. This will generate sufficient income to support students and education programs.
Revenue from the Nursery: The 20-mu nursery will produce saplins in 2010, which will be used primarily by phase Two of the Wong Project. Starting 2011, an anual income of RMB 20,000 will be generated by selling the saplings to local farmers who will purchase these at 2-3 apiece.
Use of Proceeds
Starting 2011, when the nursery becomes profitable, all boarding students will be granted RMB 100 to help defray the cost of room and board. The shortfalls will be made up by the Phelex Foundation. A few Wong Scholarships will be granted to the needy but aspiring students, favoring minority girls.