|Volunteers of the Tibetan Plateau
Ah Yong's Tibetan School is a locally well-known private school, which
Ah Yong himself founded. Although he has never attended school, his
dream is to see all the Tibetan children around him go to school.
His family made every effort to help him realize his dream. His brother
sold his pickup truck; his father sold the family yak, and his mother
sold some family goods. All this made it possible for the Ah Yong's
school to open its doors to the children, but put his family in financial
crises. Nevertheless, Ah Yong was delighted seeing all 50 Tibetan
children attend his boarding school for free.
Beside the initial set-up work, Ah Yong understands that he needs
do more for the school. He has to take 10-day trip to Qamdo in Tibet
twice a year to buy textbooks since his school is so far away from
city bookstores. He must find more money to fund the school.
In 2000, the Phelex Foundation funded Rmb175,000 to help Ah Yong's
school establish a Sustainable Tuition Aid project, a vegetable &
Tibetan herb garden. To support Ah Yong, Mr. Dong Defu, a retired
specialist at Environmental Protection Region of Baima Snowy Mountain,
volunteered to work for the school project. He taught children how
to grow vegetables and herbs, and how to protect the plants from diseases.
He accompanied Ah Yong to Beijing to attend the Phelex's training
workshop, and translated & explained to Ah Yong what they learned.
Mr. Dong's efforts rewarded him with a result of RMB7,000 worth of
potatoes harvested in 2001. Ah Yong finally sees that the Sustainable
Tuition Aid project relieved him from constant financial burdens.
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