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Local govt in Guangxi rejects donations to school

(People's Daily Online)

15:50, January 23, 2013

In a primary school of Tiandeng county, Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, 101 students live in school dormitories and most of them are left-behind children from poor families. In 2012, a charity organization donated 5,000 yuan to the school and each child received a 50-yuan quilt. As the students cannot afford mattress, they have to wear sandals and sleep in the mats for summer in the coldest winter, which drew public's attention. Many people donated money and materials for them, including clothes and shoes. However, the local government department refused to set up an account to accept the donations.

The related department claiming lack of source of goods and materials but refused to accept donations and hoped the caring people to stop donating because they did not want to be called a "disaster area", and someone even complained that they did not know how to deal with the "surprising" calls from the caring people.

It is no difficult for the department to receive and store donations. In fact, the only problem is that they are hard to cope with the pressure from higher authorities.

"Rome was not built in a day." It exposed the rough and simple working style of the management department of the local government. A mature social security system should have a diversified welfare channels. Of course, the premise is that the public sector is willing to delegate powers to the market and non-governmental organizations.

Read the Chinese version: 广西地方政府拒绝接受捐助 称不想戴上灾区帽子. Source:

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