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Seeking to help ensure that children have the opportunity to attend school and contribute to China's development, Honda Automobile (China) received 30,000 yuan in donations from associates and visited an elementary school in a nearby farming village on March 16 and September 11, 2007. The associates' donations were used to cover the educational expenses of 60 disadvantaged students at the school for one year. On September 26 the company welcomed the students for a factory tour, where they watched with great interest colorful Fit automobiles (known as the Jazz in some regions) being produced.
On October 13, 2007, some 20 associate volunteers visited the Xingfu Retirement Home located in the Liwan District of Guangzhou. At the home, the associates cleaned and presented the residents with care packages containing useful, everyday items. The associates talked with the residents, and they got to know each other better. Going forward, the company intends to expand such volunteer activities, striving to fulfill society's expectations and contribute to the local community.
Honda provides funding to schools in China to help ensure that less fortunate children have the opportunity to attend school, thus contributing to the country's development. Some of the funds are raised at Honda Automobile (China) facilities,raising awareness among Honda associates about social issues. So far, 1,100 associates have donated more than 30,000 yuan, to be used to help cover the cost of textbooks and school supplies for lower-income students at local elementary schools.
On November 15 and 16, 2008, at the Shanghai International Circuit, Honda Motor (China) Investment held the second annual Honda China Econopower Race. In this event, 105 teams built a vehicle using a four-cylinder Honda engine, aiming for maximal fuel economy. Then, on the days of the race, they ran their creations on the track, seeing whose vehicle would travel the farthest on one liter of gasoline. In addition to raising awareness of energy efficiency and environmental issues, the Econopower Race helps competitors experience the joy of creating things and taking on new challenges.
In Inner Mongolia, the dry climate and strong winds can result in dust storms that negatively influence the weather even of such cities as Beijing, which is located 200 km away. To help alleviate this situation and preserve valuable ecosystems, the Honda Group of companies in China has made a five-year commitment starting from 2008 to perform afforestation activities in the Autonomous Region. On July 3, 2010, associates from the 14 companies of the Honda Group in China worked with 80 elementary school students in the region to create a greener environment.
As part of a larger initiative to provide economic and employment assistance to communities in regions flooded by the Three Gorges Dam project, Jialing-Honda Motors donated 30 water pumps to Fengdu County, Chongqing, and has initiated a program to hire new associates from the region. Informational sessions were offered at the Fengdu County agricultural bureau, where some 20 residents from local farming communities learned the key points of how to use and maintain their new Honda water pumps.
In the summer of 2006 the Chongqing region experienced its worst drought in 100 years. Local farming communities had difficulty even securing enough water to drink, so the Chongqing municipal government launched a program to deliver aid to the drought-stricken region. Jialing-Honda Motors supported relief efforts organized by the Nan'an district office. The company contributed 50,000 yuan in aid for the stricken region, and local associates pooled their own money to donate to the relief effort.