The KPMG Foundation is pleased to announce it has sponsored the construction of a primary school in rural Yunnan. This marks the fourth KPMG Hope School in mainland China, in line with the firm’s objective to help improve literacy.
The KPMG Foundation – a Hong Kong charitable entity established by KPMG China with an objective to support the underprivileged and disadvantaged people in China through projects focusing on education and empowerment – has partnered with Sowers Action to rebuild Mang Long Primary School located in Yongkang, Yongde County in Yunnan province. A signing ceremony was held today in Hong Kong, coinciding with International Literacy Day.
Benny Liu, Chairman, KPMG China, said: “One of KPMG’s ambitions is to inspire confidence and empower change through our global commitment to promoting and enabling lifelong learning. We see it as a good fit for the firm to join forces with Sowers Action to rebuild a school in rural China.
”“Investment in education and lifelong learning is a crucial catalyst for addressing formidable societal issues, such as income disparity and youth unemployment. We believe that providing a better learning environment can help break the cycle of poverty.”
Mang Long Primary School, which was established in 1956, offers grade one to grade six classes, as well as a kindergarten class, and has a total of 200 students. The school urgently needed to be rebuilt on a new site as it was affected by landslides and had poor facilities.
The new school will be named Mang Long KPMG SA-PH Primary School when its doors open on 17 October 2017. The campus will be able to accommodate over 300 students and offer a new library, kitchen, computer room and washrooms.
Vickie Li, Deputy Chairperson of Sowers Action, said: “KPMG is our long-term and supportive partner in education development in rural China. We work hand in hand to fulfil our vision ‘No child in China should be deprived of education due to poverty’. We believe that the new Mang Long KPMG SA-PH Primary School will benefit more students in need.”
Since 2010, KPMG has supported the improvement of communities in rural China. Two KPMG Hope Schools in Gansu and one in Yunnan have been established, while the KPMG Community Centre in Sichuan provides a post-quake gathering place to host social and extracurricular activities for children, as well as training for women and underprivileged people.
As part of the firm’s literacy enhancement programme, KPMG Foundation has also collaborated with Enrich, a NGO promoting the economic empowerment of migrant domestic workers. A series of financial literacy workshops will be organised for migrant workers starting from October 2017. KPMG volunteers will facilitate as the trainers and mentors, provide practical tips and financial planning advice to help the participants manage their finances better.
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The KPMG Foundation was established in February 2008 with the objective of engaging our own people, alumni and other stakeholders in the community to deliver sustainable solutions to social and environmental issues in China. It funds programmes related to the four key focus areas including advancing Sustainability, Lifelong Learning, Promoting Inclusive Development, and Inclusion and Diversity.
KPMG China operates in 16 cities across China, with around 10,000 partners and staff in Beijing, Beijing Zhongguancun, Chengdu, Chongqing, Foshan, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR. With a single management structure across all these offices, KPMG China can deploy experienced professionals efficiently, wherever our client is located.
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 152 countries and regions, and have 189,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such.
In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG China was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong office can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to the China market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in the Chinese member firm’s appointment by some of China’s most prestigious companies.
Established in 1992, Sowers Action is a non-religious, non-political and non-profit-making registered charity in Hong Kong, committed to promote education aid in rural China by providing multidimensional support measures such as student sponsorship, school construction and facilities, teacher training, children & youth welfare and special education, bringing education to underprivileged or disabled students. Emphasizing “On-site Assessment, Direct Subsidy and Long Term Follow-up”, we raise funds for education aid and operational expenditure purposes separately to ensure all generous donations are used in an effective manner.
Major fundraising events, including “Challenging 12 Hours Charity Marathon”, “Walk to Guangzhou”, “Long March for Education”, “Ancient Tea Horse Route Expedition”, “Walk for Children” and “Cycling for Education”, are held annually to raise public awareness about the cause we support.
As of June 2017, Sowers Action has funded over 1,300 school construction projects, subsidized over 299,000 primary and secondary students and 1292 university students, 30,000 teachers for teacher training programs, operating 2 children’s home and subsidizing 1 orphan school. Altogether, we have raised over RMB488 million for education in Mainland China.