08 April, 2011
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Deloitte Touche Tohmatu ("Deloitte") and the Office of Service-Learning of Lingnan University signed a memorandum of understanding on 17 March 2011 for the second phase of their joint community programme: "Citizen's Responsibility Education through Service-Learning: A Village Adoption Project in Yunnan, China 2011-2013". 

The Project is an extension of the joint adoption project from 2007 to 2010 in Gezhangla village. In the next three years, Deloitte and Lingnan will extend the project to Wanyaoshu, helping to rebuild and renovate school premises, offering interactive learning programmes and scholarships and constructing a road for better connection among the village communities.

A delegation of volunteers that comprise representatives from Deloitte, Lingnan, Yunnan Nationalities University and Hong Kong Christian Council will visit the village twice a year to support education and learning programmes. In addition, a 'train-the-trainer' programme will be rolled out to turn knowledgeable, caring and responsible villagers into health ambassadors.

Over 700 residents were expected to have benefited from the first phase of the project in Gezhangla village, which included establishing a dormitory with a canteen and building water pipes, sewage systems and solar panels.

 
Mr Kester Yuen, Managing Partner of Deloitte Southern China and President Prof Chan Yuk-Shee at the signing ceremony