The donation of “modern kitchens” to Malipo attests to the excellent achievements of a 30-year-old twinned assistance

The donation of “modern kitchens” to Malipo attests to the excellent achievements of a 30-year-old twinned assistance

Sponsored by the China Public Diplomacy Association and the China Rural Development Foundation, the “Malipo Modern Kitchen Donation Ceremony” was officially launched at the venue.

Beijing, China, Nov. 22, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On November 16, the launch ceremony “Twin Assistance for Rural Revitalization” of the Twin Assistance Program for Malipo by China Public Diplomacy Association was held. at Daping Middle School in Malipo County, Yunnan Province. Sponsored by the China Public Diplomacy Association and the China Foundation for Rural Development, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the People’s Government of Malipo County, organized by Global Times Online and co-hosted by Yum China, the “Donation Ceremony of modern kitchens in Malipo” was officially launched on the site.

The donation of “modern kitchens” to Malipo attests to the excellent achievements of a 30-year-old twinned assistance

Hu Zhengyue, vice president of the China Association of Public Diplomacy; Hu Jian, deputy director general of the Department of Information of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Chen Zhigang, vice president of China Foundation for Rural Development; Wang Wei, vice-director of the Yunnan Province Foreign Affairs Bureau; Lu Bo, Vice Mayor of Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture; Shi Ding, Executive Editor of Global Times Online and Wang Lizhi, Director of Public Affairs of Yum China, attended the event.

30 years dedicated to promoting rural revitalization in a comprehensive way

The year 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ twinned assistance to Malipo County, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province. Since 1992, a total of 230 million yuan has been invested in the poverty alleviation foundation. More than 700 projects in six categories, including food and clothing, education, health, training, integrated village development program and industrial support, have been implemented, effectively taking Malipo out of poverty and accelerating overall rural revitalization.

Hu Zhengyue, vice president of the China Association of Public Diplomacy, said in his speech, “The most arduous and onerous task of building a modern socialist country comprehensively still lies in rural areas. The CPC Central Committee has widely promoted the rural revitalization strategy, giving priority to rural education and continuing to improve the conditions of compulsory education. Today, we organize a series of activities such as the “Modern Kitchen Donation Ceremony in Malipo”, which is a concrete measure to mobilize the efforts of all sectors of society to implement the spirit advocated by the CPC Central Committee”.

Hu Jian, deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ information department, said: “Chinese modernization is the modernization of a huge population, common prosperity for all. No country has ever encountered unprecedented difficulty and complexity on the road to modernization than China, with a population of 1.4 billion. We must maintain firm strategic resolve, pursue progress while ensuring stability, work hard to consolidate gains in poverty reduction and advance the rural revitalization strategy.

Chen Zhigang, Vice President of the China Foundation for Rural Development, stressed, “Investing in children’s nutrition is investing in their future. Improving nutritional intake is key to eradicating intergenerational poverty. He also mentioned the cooperation with Yum China in carrying out the “One Yuan Donation” program for 15 consecutive years to continuously improve the nutritional status of children in underdeveloped areas. The program has been supported by over 130 million donors, with a total fundraising of over 240 million yuan with “low threshold, convenient participation and transparent operation”.

As a central media outlet, Global Times Online actively follows the progress of twinned assistance and rural revitalization. Shi Ding, Executive Editor of Global Times Online, said in his speech, “This time, not only will we continue to deliver high-quality content, but we will also join with all sectors of society to participate in the rural revitalization building. In the future, Global Times Online will continue to leverage its advantages in media resources, work with all sectors of society and Chinese and foreign business partners to promote rural revitalization activities around the world, and better tell stories of Chinese-style rural development.

“As a witness and beneficiary of China’s reform and opening up, Yum China has maintained steady development over the past 35 years. By adhering to our core value of ‘Always doing the right thing,’ we fully showcase our unique strengths and actively give back to society,” said Alice Wang, Public Affairs Director of Yum China, who also pointed out that the “One Yuan Donation” program has provided 55 million nutritious meals to rural schools, donated modern kitchens to nearly 1,400 schools, and donated digital classrooms to 340 schools.

Empower rural revitalization and promote the healthy growth of rural children

At the venue, guests, headteachers and student representatives unveiled the “Twin Assistance for Rural Revitalization” donation ceremony of modern kitchens in Malipo.

Thanks to the donation from Yum China and the Chinese Foundation for Rural Development, five schools in Malipo, including Daping Middle School, now have “modern kitchens”.

Main kitchen equipment and facilities in “Modern Kitchens” include induction cooker, rice steamer, disinfection cabinet, ventilator and operating table. In some rural schools, poorly equipped kitchens using traditional stoves are inefficient for cooking, resulting in wasted energy and environmental pollution. In addition, schools in some areas lack the necessary disinfection and food storage facilities, which poses hygiene risks.

Standardized and electro-vaporized equipment provides students with hot meals in an economical, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly way compared to the traditional way of burning coal and biofuels. Meanwhile, it also changes the traditional way of cooking in rural schools, enriching food types and nutrient content for students.

In addition to “Modern Kitchens”, Yum China also donated winter jackets to Daping Middle School students.

In fact, Yum China has a long history of supporting improved nutrition for rural children. Since 2008, Yum China has collaborated with the China Rural Development Foundation to carry out the “One Yuan Donation” program for 15 consecutive years, continuously improving the food nutrition of rural adolescents and children, whose healthy growth has contributed to rural revitalization.

It should be mentioned that Yum China is also concerned about the shortage of programming teaching resources in rural areas. “Rural Children Digital Classroom Project” accompanies the overall growth of rural students and revitalizes rural development through skilled personnel through computer donations, teacher empowerment, and popularization of programming.

Foreign media hail China’s achievements in rural development, poverty alleviation

More than 20 foreign journalists from the China International Press Communication Center attended the ceremony. Several journalists told Global Times Online that this was their first visit to rural areas in China and they were impressed with Malipo’s development.

Zheng Quanzhi, a reporter for Thai Manager Daily, exclaimed, “Modern infrastructure such as kitchens are conducive to the growth of rural students. The development of this school in Malipo is a good example of the success of China’s poverty reduction strategy.

Rahul Basharat, a Pakistani journalist, described China’s poverty reduction efforts as “a miracle that has completely lifted so many people out of poverty.” He believes poverty remains a pressing global issue, particularly in Asia and Africa. Although many countries, including the West, have taken different measures, they have not eliminated poverty.

Seeing that social forces such as benevolent businesses are helping the development of rural areas, Sin Chew Daily reporter Zhang Jiawei told GlobalTimesOnline that in Malaysia, benevolent businesses provide assistance to disadvantaged groups, but such aid is targeted Chinese companies to underdeveloped rural areas are rare in Malaysia. He also said that he would present his experience here through the report.

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