With the two successive funding of Sky3 Seed Foundation (in 2016 and 2017), on May 24, 2016, I reported the story of the children in the cliff village climbing the rattan ladder for schooling titled Village on the Cliff in The Beijing News. On the very day, General Secretary Xi Jinping and Vice Premier Wang Yang made written instructions, so did Wang Dongming, Secretary of Sichuan Provincial Party Committee. Lin Shucheng, Secretary of Liangshan Prefecture Party Committee sent a working group headed by the deputy prefecture governor and consisted of the responsible persons of poverty alleviation, finance, transportation, planning and other sectors to the cliff village to make field research and discuss the solutions.
In July 2016, the steel ladder began to be built. By November 2016, most part of the construction was completed. In September 2017, the steel ladder construction, with a total investment of about 3 million yuan, was completed. It once for all solved the safety travel problem for the children and more than 400 villagers of the cliff village.
In addition, the report has also attracted the 13 million yuan of investments from the state and communities for the expansion of the Atu Le’er Primary School, which was completed and put into use in November 2017.
The report of the cliff village has also attracted further support of poverty alleviation projects from the state, the provinces and cities. 12 million yuan was invested for the power grid transformation. More than 10 million yuan was put into the construction of freight cableway. Some of the farming and breeding projected were landed one by one. In a matter of a year or more, the average income of the villagers in the cliff village was increased by 7 folds, and more than 90% of the whole village was out of poverty.
By the end of 2017, the investment planning of 600 million yuan for a tourism project was completed and passed the assessment of the relevant departments to be constructed in the cliff village. This project takes the cliff village as the core and extends to the unexploited natural landscape with unique features in the surrounding areas of more than 10 kilometres. It is to build green tourism destination in the future.
The followings are part of the report links: the following selected reports were forwarded in great length in Tencent, Sina, NetEase, Baidu, Today’s Headlines, as well as TV, newspapers and other over a thousand media, which made the cliff village issue the news event of the widest concern in China in 2016.
During the NPC&CPPCC held in March 2017, General Secretary Xi Jinping made a special mention about the cliff village issue while attending the plenary meeting of the Sichuan delegation, and requested them to take the matter of the cliff village as an example and do a good job on the poverty alleviation in China.
The Beijing News, Village on the Cliff, May 24, 2016 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-05/24/node_26.htm
The Beijing News, The Pain and Change of the Poverty Alleviation of Cliff Village, Liangshan, June 6, 2016 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-06/06/node_17.htm
The Beijing News, “I Need a Pair of New Shoes”, June 6, 2016 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-06/06/content_638598.htm
The Beijing News, New “Sky Ladder” Built in the Cliff Village, November 20, 2016 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-11/20/node_1.htm
The Beijing News, The New Sky Ladder is Built and the Children Can Go Home Safely, November 20, 2016 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-11/20/node_9.htm
The Beijing News, Transformation of the Cliff Village, May 25, 2017 http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2016-11/20/node_9.htm
Editorial of people.cn to the report of the cliff village: The Cliff Village and the Strength of News
The article reads: In May 2016, The Beijing News first made the coverage of Village on the Cliff, which was later reported and commented by the media nationwide. If listing the most important domestic news in 2016, the report of cliff village would rank among the top. It was not only because of the appalling survival situation of the village, but also because the constant following up of the media which promoted the government to make active response and find solutions. The transformation of the cliff village is inseparable from the continuous observation and analysis of newsmen. It is the strength of news that made the cliff village break off the old pattern and usher new changes.
Full text link: http://media.people.com.cn/n1/2017/0215/c40606-29081235.html
The above report is widely used in all sorts of photo exhibitions and book publishing.
The cliff village event is a typical case in which the enterprises financed excellent newsmen, leveraged the giant resources of the state and society and eventually brought huge transformation. It has great social impact and has become an unforgettable historic event.