Recently, the Shaanxi provincial government held a meeting in Xi’an to commend the organizations and individuals who had made outstanding contributions to Shaanxi’s efforts in poverty alleviation in 2020. At this meeting, Shendong Coal Group was honored with the Award for Innovation in Poverty Alleviation.
From 2016 to 2020, Shendong Coal Group contributed to poverty alleviation in Mizhi and Wubao County in northern Shaanxi in two ways: investing a total of 130 million yuan in pair-up assistance, and consuming products and services worth 26.03 million yuan from the two counties. These efforts were highly commended by the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province.
Over the last five years, Shendong Coal Group has invested 68.23 million yuan in pair-up assistance and spent 15.41 million yuan on consumption-powered poverty alleviation efforts in Mizhi County. In Wubao County, the company has invested 62 million yuan in pair-up assistance and spent 10.62 million yuan on consumption-powered poverty alleviation. It has provided the two counties with targeted assistance in infrastructure construction, industrial development, education, medical care, environmental protection, consumption, employment, skills training, etc. The company has also sent its employees to the counties to assume temporary leading posts for poverty alleviation. All of the efforts were paid off with fundamental changes in poverty-stricken towns and villages of the two counties. The poverty-stricken population gained a greater sense of happiness and security with improved living and working conditions, including upgraded infrastructure, education, medical care, and living environment. They have also enhanced their endogenous impetus and capability for a better life. The overall goal of reducing poverty has been achieved and secured. On May 7, 2019, Mizhi and Wubao County were removed from the list of poor counties, with around 44,000 poverty-stricken people being lifted out of poverty. Local people are now making great strides towards prosperity.