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Carnival held to raise funds for China's disabled persons in rural areas


Donations totalling 18.2 million yuan (2.87 million U.S. dollars) were pledged during a philanthropic carnival aimed at lifting rural disabled persons out of poverty on Friday in Beijing. The Jishan (literally, "pooling kindness") Carnival is an annual event jointly launched in 2003 by the China Disabled Persons' Federation and the China Foundation for Disabled Persons. The pledged donations will be used to build 50 poverty-reduction projects across five provinces, including Hebei, Heilongjiang, Anhui, Guizhou and Shaanxi. Specific measures include organizing the physically-challenged in rural areas to engage in the farming, animal husbandry, fishery and handicraft industries, providing them with practical skills training, and procuring their products, among other things. Jia Qinglin, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, attended the carnival. From 2003 to 2010, the carnival raised 274 million yuan in donations which have gone to supporting the rehabilitation and education of disabled persons, aiding in post-quake reconstruction, and offering care to children of migrant workers.

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