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The smiling children program officially launched in Addis Ababa

On May 26th 2015, the smiling children project was formally launched which is implemented by China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA), Lingshan Charity Foundation cooperated with First lady's Office of Ethiopia and Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association. Those who presented on the Launching Ceremony are:  Madam Roman Tesfaye, the first lady of Ethiopia, Mr La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Mr Wang Xingzui, the vice president of CFPA, Mr Hailesillasie, the deputy-head of Education Bureau of Addis Ababa, Ms Zeid deputy-head of Women Children and Youth Affairs Bureau of Addis Ababa, 36 principals and 203 students who benefited from this project, more then 300 people from Chinese companies. Ethiopia broadcasting company, The Herald of Ethiopia, CCTV and the Xinhua News Agency reported the ceremony.
On the Launching Ceremony, the first lady of Ethiopia Madam Roman Tesfaye give an ebullience speech, she highly recommended the form of People Helping People. She hope the project can help those children grow in healthy and benefit for the friendship between China and Ethiopia. Chinese ambassador La Yifan, during his speech, also state his support for the NGOs of China to go aboard. He hope more and more NGOs of China can go to Africa to help local people. The vice president of CFPA Wang Xingzui give a speech, state that “from today on over 2000 most needy students in 36 schools will be provided 2 nutritional meals a day for 220 days a year for 5 years.” he said In the process of project implementation, we will honor the following 4 principles: People Helping People, Needs-driven, Partnership and Sustainability. He do believe, the project, On the one end, links to hundreds of thousands of individual Chinese donors who care about Ethiopian children, and on the other end, links to thousands of impoverished school kids in Ethiopia. the implementation of this project will contribute to strengthening the friendship between the people of the both countries.
During the ceremony, Mr. Habtom, the principal of Menelik II primary school, Mr Hailesillasie deputy-head of Education Bureau of Addis Ababa, Ms Zeid deputy-head of Women, Children and Youth Affairs Bureau of Addis Ababa, given speech to show the gratitude to CFPA and Lingshan Charity Foundation for their implementation of smiling children project. On behalf of CFPA and Lingshan Charity Foundation. The vice president of CFPA Wang Xingzui donated RMB 10 million to Ethiopia Ye Enat Weg Charitable Association. Madam Roman Tesfaye, the first lady of Ethiopia presented the logo plate to the representative of 36 schools which was involved in the project. A blind student from Menelik II primary school, as the representative of beneficiary students, recite a poem in Amharic. His voice impressed everyone and won the warm applause of all. At last, the first lady of Ethiopia Madam Roman Tesfaye cut the ribbon for the opening ceremony, and sent food to those students with Chinese Ambassador La Yifan and vice president of CFPA Wang Xingzui, The ceremony ended in a happy and harmonious atmosphere.
The successful of launching smiling children project is another remarkable action after the Sudan Abu Ousher Friendship Hospital and the emergency response of Nepal earthquake.