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Xixinbi Elementary School
Pigeon Farm

Facts about school:
Tuition and fees per year RMB 240($29.3) Per capita annual income RMB 550 ($66) in 1997
Number of teachers 9 Number of students 96
Location Xiaoyi City, Shanxi Province (Click for Map)

School and project photos:
Pupils in front of the Pigeon Farm.
This project helps Xi Xin Bi Elemen-
tary School raise money for the needy pupils to continue their schooling.
Observing the piggeons, the science teacher gives students a hands-on lesson in the pigeon farm.
Project developments:

  • The Pigeon Farm was established in April 1998 with funding of RMB 15,000. Of this, RMB 11,023 was contributed by the local government and villagers.
  • The Xixinbi Elementary School built the pigeon coops in May 1998 and signed a contract with the Xiaoyi Science Institute for technical support.. Twenty pairs of pigeons were thriving and both students and teachers were gratified by the results of their hard work.
  • In October 1999, however, the entire school was stunned to find that all of the pigeons had been stolen from their coops and that the project would consequently have to end. However, thanks to Ms. Li Yanping's donation of RMB 15,000, the project was able to recommence. In addition, the Xiaoyi local government donated RMB 8,000 and the villagers raised RMB 1,000.
  • The project netted income of RMB 20,646.57 and provided tuition aid of RMB 18,684 to needy students. The project also established a Teachers' Award of RMB 7,678, which were partially sponsored by the local government.
  • The local community has been very supportive of the Pigeon Farm project. Volunteers contributed labor and funds to help paint the classroom, install a heating system, purchase desks and chairs, and to build pigeon coops. Total funding reached RMB 130,000.
  • The Pigeon Farm project has continued, however, pigeon sales have slowed due to a recent price drop. In response, the Community Council has suggested raising chickens instead of pigeons, and this proposal is still under discussion.
  • In November 2001, Mr. Fu Zhiqiang of Hong Kong donated RMB 1,000 worth of goods to the children at the Xixinbi Elementary School.
  • The Phelex Foundation is continually challenged to find new, profitable projects for local schools. This is necessary because each time a school project has been successful, local farmers have adopted its methods, which affects the price of the schools' projects. On the other hand, it is good to see the school Sustainable Tuition Aid project bring new ideas to the farmers. After all, the goal for the Foundation is to help both the disadvantaged children and their families.
  • In Apr. 2002, the local government offered RMB 50, 000 loan without interests and villagers raised some fund. The chicken-raising program was officially launched.
  • In Dec. 2003, the PF staff went to the school, comprehensively assessed first program and confirmed first program had achieved its goals.
Tuition Aid Received by:
Year Tuition aid amount Number of beneficiaries
1999 RMB 1,660 11
RMB 9,248
2001 RMB 5,676 116

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