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The opening ceremony for Jiajiawa Hope School was held on June 26, 2009 in Longxi Country, Gansu Province. The school, located in the greater China region, was sponsored by SGS, demonstrating SGS's concern for children and its corporate commitment to the local community. The SGS management team, including Dennis Yang, Chief Operating Officer of Eastern Asia Region and Managing Director of Taiwan (China); Richard Shentu, Vice President of SGS-CSTC; Xiao-Yu Gu, Deputy General Manager of SGS-CSTC; Susanne Sun, Director of Business Development in Asia-Pacific, and Longxi Country Education Bureau officials were present during the ceremony.
After the earthquake on May 12, 2008 which reached a magnitude of 8 on the Richter Scale, SGS staff were determined to help the victims, especially those in the poorer districts. After an onsite survey, SGS decided to start the Hope Project in J.J.W., Longxi Country, which is the poorest area in Gansu. With great support from the management and SGS staff, the local school situation gradually improved. The school was rebuilt and a library was established; so far, 8,930 books, 200 bags, 130 laptops and 29 tapes have been donated to local students.
In addition, SGS initiated a Volunteer Teachers Program in January 2009; 4 volunteers who were selected from more than 100 applicants went to Jiajiawa to work on improving the level of local education. SGS’s efforts to make the program successful were greatly appreciated by local government officials, teachers and pupils.
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