The year 2020 marks China's completion of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and plays a decisive role in winning the battle against poverty. Dec. 21 – the Commendation Conference on Poverty Alleviation of China Siyuan Foundation for Poverty Alleviation ("CSFPA") was held in Beijing. Some organizations and individuals were honored for great work with poverty alleviation. Leyard won the 'Poverty Alleviation Collective' title for exploration and practice in poverty alleviation. Li Jun, Chairman at Leyard & Director at Siyuan Stars Education Fund "SSEF", and Ms. Yang Yani, Strategic Development Director at Leyard and SSEF Founder were named 'Poverty Alleviation Individual'.
Yang shared our experience in poverty alleviation in her speech delivered on behalf of delegates. We set up Leyard Hope School in Nanmuping Township, Zhijiang County, Hunan, as well as Leyard Scholarship in early 1995 to reward teachers and students doing excellent job and help students in need. We have never stopped doing so since then.
Ms. Yang speaking on behalf of delegates
While expanding and growing business fast, we have been actively fulfilling CSR, staying grateful, giving back to community, and maintaining our corporate culture that values "morals over profits". We worked with the CSFPA to establish the SSEF in June 2014, engaging ourselves in public service mission.
"Education is the cornerstone of national rejuvenation and social progress. Education is a prerequisite for poverty alleviation. Hence, poverty alleviation through education is the fundamental solution to poverty alleviation", she highlighted. Leyard SSEF has donated more than CNY 25 million of money and supplies, 3,000 pieces of clothing, 46 smart classrooms, provided financial support to more than 350 schools, 4,000 students and 1,000 teachers, and carried out assistance and aid activities in more than 20 regions all over China.
We also financially supported disaster relief efforts after the occurence of Wenchuan and Yushu earthquakes and the battle against COVID-19. Leyard Group and SSEF have donated more than CNY 5 million supplies to the battle against COVID-19, taking the lead in performing CSR.
We have been and will be meeting the purpose of engagement in public service, i.e. 'being thankful and giving back to society'. Leyard SSEF will continue to work on the 'smart classroom', 'Stars summer camp', 'Stars education and students assistance 1+1' and 'accompanying nutritional meals' programs next year.
We will encourage dozens of our domestic and international holding enterprises, more than 4,000 distributors and over 5,000 employees to be voluntarily engaged in public welfare, involve more organizations and individuals in the effort to help students in need to have access to education, and support China's public welfare undertakings relating to education.