Knowledge is power

Opening of the MR village library “Little Orange Lamp”

The 14th of November, 2011 was a very special day for the elementary school children of Dilu in the Chinese province of Yunnan. The village library “Little Orange Lamp” opened its doors at their school on that day. The library was built by MR who also donated 2000 books to the library. Seven volunteer helpers will show the children how to use and manage the library correctly. These helpers work for 21st Century Business Herald and come from all parts of the country.

In his speech during the opening ceremony, Markus Klein, managing director of MR China, explained MR’s commitment: “We are of the opinion that a company should not only turn a profit, but must also shoulder social responsibility. We hope that the “Little Orange Lamp” library will encourage the children to read and broaden their horizons so that they can better learn to understand the world.”

At the end of the opening celebration, two MR colleagues lectured on the subject of “Electricity” and explained some facts to the pupils in a very easy-to-understand manner. The children enjoyed the presentation and many participated actively during the talk.

The charity project called “Little Orange Lamp” on the Internet platform “Business China” has existed in China since 2007. The donation of libraries for village elementary schools or the recruiting of voluntary helpers who encourage reading is intended to introduce children in rural areas to reading which will also give them knowledge. The name “Little Orange Lamp” is the title of a novel by the Chinese author Ms. Bing Xin. The title stands for light and hope.

Our company will continue to support the “Little Orange Lamp” library project in the future because we are convinced that companies play an important role in the development of a society. MR also supports other charity projects in China. During this year in September, a cooperative was founded with the MBA Educational Center of the North China Electric Power University. The common goal is to create a positive environment for personnel development.