I am very pleased to report that the pigsty project sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange and Ms. Janet Smith has been successfully completed. Since 10 October 2010, 77 households of the two villages have had a solar heated pigsty. All the villagers are using the new and clean pigsties to raise swine, thanks to the Council on International Educational Exchange and Janet Smith’s generous support.

I would like to share comments from a village leader, Mr. Huadan (b. 1965), who lives with his wife and two children, “Before this project, most villagers lacked proper pigsties, so the pigs roamed freely in the village and defecated everywhere. Therefore the village was unclean. Sanitation was very poor. It also took ten to eleven months for the villagers to raise pigs large enough to slaughter. Since we have newly built pigsties and we can control the pigs' diet, it only takes seven to eight months for the pigs to be large enough to slaughter. Pigsties are cool in summer because we remove the plastic sheeting. The pigsties are warm in winter, because the plastic sheeting is then used. We also use the pig manure for crop fertilizer and thus spend less money on chemical fertilizer. On behalf of all the villagers who benefited from this project, I thank the Council on International Educational Exchange and Janet Smith for their generous support that made this project possible.”

The Council on International Educational Exchange and Janet Smith made this wonderful project possible that has allowed 492 people (77 households) in Qisher and Majia villages to raise swine in solar heated pigsties improve sanitation, produce more pigs with more weight, generating more household income. The villagers contributed labour, sand, stones, wood which is worth for 8,800 and 564RMB in cash for the project. Villagers enthusiastically participated throughout the project, transported sand and stone built the pigsties. In total, the local labour contribution is valued at 84,200RMB.

This project has made a powerful and positive difference in the lives of the Qisher and Majia villagers.

In sincere appreciation,

Caihua Dorji (Luke)