- In March 2000, the Phelex Foundation agreed to fund the
development of Apricot Nursery in partnership with Sanguyao
Elementary School. The school planted 42000 apricot saplings
in 6-mu nursery farm.
- The ownership of the land is always an issue for all parties
involved. By spring, the project school was allowed to use
20-mu land for the use of Sustainable Tuition Aid Project,
a half of what it was promised.
- At the end of 1999, Freshfields of Great Britain, a law
firm operating in Beijing found the Phelex Foundation on
the internet, and decided to support the Foundation's school
project. A few lawyers joined the Foundation staff and visited
Sanguyao Elementary School. Around Christmas, Freshfields
office collected RMB 30,820 from all staff, and donated
the money to the Apricot Nursery Project. Ms. Melissa Thomas
and Mr. Avv. Gianluca D'Agnolo contributed additional funds
to set up a one-year nutritious meal program for the children
of Sanguyao Elementary School.
- Local authorities were touched by the Freshfields' heart-warming
support, and decided to fund RMB50,000 to build and repair
classrooms, set up school fences and purchase more books.
- During the program cooperation they knew school children were malnutritious and again donated for planning nutritious meal for children. Then children could have 100-gram meat and 3 eggs every week. Children leaving the school were back to school with the help of Freshfields/Phelex tuition aid fund.
- In 2001, the nursery program gained RMB 3, 000, spent RMB 1, 650 in funding 16 needy pupils.
- Land dispute became the biggest poser of the program development. There was lack of land but too many people, land was very important to locals. The school had dispute with locals about land requisition and the distribution of the program income. With the local government's coordination the school reduced apricot garden from 50 mu to 20 mu and expanded sapling nursery from 5 mu to 15 mu. Local village commission paid the requisition fees of 10 mu of new added land.
- In Mar. 2002, the school funded 17 needy pupils.
- In Sept. 2002, the school funded 17 needy pupils. The school built 3 new classrooms with the help of local government and social resources.
- In Nov. 2002, as a model, the local government and educational organizations popularized the tuition aid program of Sanguyao Elementary School to other rural elementary school nearby.
- In Mar. 2003, the school funded 23 needy pupils.
- In Jul. 2003, the school renovated 4 classrooms.
- In Sept. 2003, the school funded 25 needy pupils.
- In Dec. 2003, the PF staff inspected and evaluated the tuition aid program of Sanguyao Elementary School .