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AmCham South China and its Member Companies Battle Poverty in Guangdong's Meizhou City's Impoverished Villages

Cash Donation of RMB130,000 from Mead Johnson Nutrition and RMB100,000 from Jingxing Real Estate and In-kind Donation of RMB254,100 to Help Raise Wuxing Village and the Nearby Impoverished Villages ab... (January 11, 2017)

MEIZHOU, China, Jan. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China), as its 7th consecutive annual charity effort, today brought a large group of business and community leaders including executives from multinational corporations to Wuxing Village and the nearby impoverished villages.

As a poverty-stricken village by provincial standard under the administration of Meizhou City, Wuxing Village has a registered population of 5,000 people, including 285 individuals of 81 poverty-stricken households. AmCham South China's fundraising efforts this year collected in-kind donations worth over RMB254,100, covering clothing, computers, educational materials, bedding, food and beverage from the member companies.


As part of its overall charity activities, AmCham South China also coordinated cash donation of RMB230,000 by chamber's generous members Mead Johnson Nutrition and Jingxing Real Estate to the Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation. These funds will be used to save lives of orphaned children in need of immediate life-saving surgery, and to help raise Wuxing Village above the poverty line.

On January 11th, a team of medical professionals from the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center and the Sanitation Center of Zhuanshui County co-offered free onsite medical checkups and consultations to the villagers. The delegation also visited the local families in need of assistance, allowing AmCham South China to learn more about the villagers' living condition. In addition, a few foreign teachers brought their tailor-made English lessons to the village's primary school. On the next day, potential investors and experts will join the delegation for investment inspection during the visit to Wuxing Village and other nearby impoverished villages. GLIESE Film Company Ltd. sent a crew to film the events for a documentary to be released at a future date to raise awareness for the need for philanthropy.

Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries of Guangzhou Foreign Affairs Bureau, Guangzhou Charity Association of Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau, Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center, and Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation are partners of American Chamber of Commerce South China in the AmCham South China-Mead Johnson 2016 Charity Theme Events.

About The American Chamber of Commerce in South China

The American Chamber of Commerce in South China (AmCham South China) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating bilateral trade between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Certified in 1995 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., AmCham South China represents more than 2,300 corporate and individual members, is governed by a fully-independent Board of Governors elected from its membership, and provides dynamic, on-the-ground support for American and International companies doing business in South China. In 2016, AmCham South China hosted nearly 10,000 business executives and government leaders from around the world at its briefings, seminars, committee meetings and social gatherings. The American Chamber of Commerce in South China is a fully independent organization accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. All AmChams in China are independently governed and represent member companies in their respective regions.

The mission of the American Chamber of Commerce in South China is to promote the development of trade, commerce and investment between the United States and the People's Republic of China with a special focus on South China; to provide a forum in which member businesses can identify their common interests and discuss solutions for common problems; to work with and advocate member interests with relevant organizations in South China, elsewhere in China and the United States, and to set the standards for corporate social responsibility for the community that the Chamber serves.

About Mead Johnson Nutrition Company

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company was founded in 1905 by Edward Mead Johnson, and its global headquarters is located in Glenview, Illinois, in the United States.

Mead Johnson has a proud history of over 110 years and is a global leader in infant and children's nutrition. The company has been committed from its very beginning to nourishing the world's children for the best start in life. Mead Johnson has a workforce of approximately 7,700 dedicated employees worldwide. The company manufactures and markets more than 70 products in over 50 countries. Those innovative products deliver tangible, often clinically-proven developmental and health outcomes, and have helped Mead Johnson earn the trust of millions of parents and health care professionals.

Mead Johnson is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and holds a place in the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. Mead Johnson is the only global company exclusively focused on infant and children's nutrition.

About Mead Johnson Nutrition (China) Ltd.

Mead Johnson Nutrition China was founded in 1993. Our manufacturing facility is located at Dong Ji Xia Yuan Road in the Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone. It covers an area of 60,000 square meters and boasts some of the world's most advanced production processes and technology. Currently, the company's sales network is established in 29 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities nationwide.

Mead Johnson strives to advance its leadership role as part of the healthy growth of the entire pediatric nutrition industry. The company has operated strictly under its first-to-market "All-Rounded Safety" quality management model and GMP standards across its manufacturing, supply chains, storage and distribution networks. Having been awarded ISO9001:2000 certification, Mead Johnson China adheres to HACCP principles and meets all national food safety and hygiene standards.

With deep roots in China extending back 23 years, Mead Johnson is committed to delivering professional care and support to Chinese consumers by providing high quality nutritional products, including Enfamama A+, Enfa A+, Enfinitas and GentleCare, for pregnant women, infants and children and sharing our advanced knowledge of pediatric science through various activities to enhance the awareness of the importance of early childhood nutrition among young Chinese parents.

About Jingxing Company

Jingxing Company started business in 1985 in Import and Export field, working with the renowned electrical brands such as Haier, Gree and Midea. With them the business achievements of Jingxing Company were excellent. In order to broaden the business platform, Jingxing Company has entered the Real Estate field in 1995 and formed Guangzhou Jingxing Real Estate Co., Ltd. Now, Jingxing Company has become an integrated enterprise with interests in residential real estate, property management, hotel, business trades and commercial real estate development. The total asset of the company exceeds RMB6 billion and has over 200 employees. The company abides by "improve living quality, elevate construction quality" as its responsibility, keeps the rule to optimize the city functions and advocates quality living.

About Wuxing Village

Wuxing Village is located east of Zhuanshui town, Wuhua County. Wuxing Village is home to 680 households and has a total registered population of around 5,000. A preliminary household survey shows that 157 households of the village (909 people) currently live below the poverty line, accounting for 23% and 19.8% respectively of the total household number and the total village population. The village is home to a primary school without a proper shield, a village committee without a separate workplace, and has no health station.

About the Guangzhou People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (GZPAFFC)

Established in 1984, the GZPAFFC is a citywide local people's group. The Association aims at establishing friendship and strengthening mutual understanding between local people in Guangzhou and people from around the world, as well as promoting communication and cooperation between them, maintaining world peace and promoting mutual development. The Association is guided by China People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, and Guangdong People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and other superior departments.

About the Guangzhou Charity Association-Guangzhou Civil Affairs Bureau

Founded on June 5th, 1994, Guangzhou Charity Association is a registered citywide charitable society and individual volunteers group approved by the municipal government. The association is committed to promoting the spirit of humanitarian, contributing to poverty alleviation, and helping people with less fortune and people in need. It promotes awareness of charity, and exploration of fields of charitable services. It calls for the society to contribute to funds raising, emergency rescuing, care for senior people, orphans and medical treatments, and volunteer teaching, so as to help the people in need. The association has established a transparent charity information platform and explored more channels for public involvements of charity in order to help accelerate innovative development of the philanthropic industry. In the past 21 years, the fund raised by the association has added up to RMB2.46 billion and fund donated added up to RMB2.17 billion. For its great contribution, the association has received "Extraordinary Award for Philanthropic Industry in China", "Charity Award in South Guangdong Area", "2014 Excellent Social Group in Guangzhou", and "5A Grade Social Group in Guangzhou".

About Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation

Guangzhou Youth Development Foundation (hereinafter referred to as GYDF) was founded in May 4th, 1994. This public foundation was co-founded by Guangzhou Committee of China's Communist Youth League, Guangzhou Youth Federation and Guangzhou Working Committee of Young Pioneers. For a long time, GYDF has attracted broad attention and support from all sectors of society. Meanwhile, it has received guidance and assistance from central, provincial and municipal authorities. It's not only a public funding agency, but also a private foundation and social organization. It raises public fund in Guangdong province, while receiving voluntary contributions, investment income and other lawful income from organizations, natural persons and legal persons.  

GYDF aims to rally fund and material support for development of Guangzhou teenagers' career by connecting with enterprise & public institutions, social organizations, other organizations and individuals home and abroad; to carry on helping orphans and the poor in their study; to develop first aid service; to subsidize all districts and institutions in Guangzhou to hold various activities which benefit for teenagers' physical and psychological health; to support and promote studies of teenagers' problems; to award excellent teenagers and social organizations and individuals who make contribution to teenagers' career.     

Since its establishment, GYDF has taken an active participation in social welfare with support from different sectors of society. It promotes "Help the Disadvantaged", devotes itself to building a harmonious society, dedicates in helping poor students to learn. When the whole nation was faced with natural disasters, GYDF united and led the municipal youth to devote in earthquake relief. This manifests noble spirits of great love in Guangzhou.

Through development of 20 years, GYDF, with the help of public, has advanced with the times and solicited social resources, made a greater contribution to social welfare by building its website and Weibo, and organized voluntary service groups to broaden serving fields for teenagers.

About Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center

Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center (GWCMC) was established with the integration of the former Guangzhou Children's Hospital and former Guangzhou Maternity Health Care Center. Covering an area of 37 thousand square meters and a built-up area of 130 thousand square meters, the hospital is equipped with 1400 beds. Among the 2603 staff, 282 are holding senior titles, 573 have received master level education or above and 47 of them are MD or MS mentors. In December 2012, GWCMC became the first public hospital in southern China to earn JCI accreditation. 

The Hospital has greatly enhanced its capacity building. Three specialties have been honorably recognized as National Key Clinical Specialties entitled by the Ministry of Health, including Respiratory, Gastroenterology and Pediatric Surgery; six as Guangdong Key Clinical Disciplines or Specialties, and one as Key Medical Laboratories listed in Guangdong "12th Five Year Plan". It has been authorized to set up National Post-Doctoral Research Station. Affiliated to Guangzhou Medical University, it also serves as a teaching, training and internship base for Sun Yat-sen University, South China Medical University and Jinan University Graduate School.

The hospital has evolved to a high-level, comprehensive and multi-disciplinary health care institution, integrating the function of medical and healthcare, prevention, research and education.

"Caring for women and children with benevolence and expertise" remains at the core of the hospital's mission. Our culture stems from the motto of "Integrity, Professionalism, Endeavor and Diligence", and core value of "Love, harmony, prudence and practical".

Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Centre spares no effort in communication and cooperation with counterparts nationwide and worldwide. We have developed strong connections with British Columbia Children's Hospital, Kansas Children's Mercy Hospital, Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) through ongoing exchanges in training and research.

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