[Explanation] Dongxin Village, Chengxiang Town, Long'an County, Guangxi is a village inhabited by the strong and Yao people in the contiguous poverty-stricken areas of Yunnan, Guangxi, and Guizhou stony desertification. The land is thin, dry and lacking water.
Like most barren mountainous areas, the income of the villagers mainly depends on migrant workers and industrial development. There are many left-behind elderly in the village.
Every day at noon, the idle yard in the original elementary school of Dongxin Village, Chengxiang Town, Long'an County, Guangxi begins to lively.
About 110 left-behind elders over 60 years old in the 6 villages of the village carried their lunch boxes one after another and enjoyed a free lunch of 2 meat, 1 vegetable and 1 soup.
Recently, the reporter visited Dongxin Village on the spot.
[Explanation] Chef Xiang Aihua, who is in charge of the catering for the elderly in the canteen, told reporters that the ingredients in the canteen are purchased from Long'an County and sent to the canteen every day to ensure the freshness and safety of the ingredients.
The cuisine in the canteen is also updated daily.
[Concurrent] Xiang Aihua, a villager in Dongxin Village, Chengxiang Town, Long'an County, Guangxi
Usually there are three or four types (vegetables), such as chicken, pork, pig tails (dishes), everything
[Commentary] The gray-haired villager Su Jinying told reporters that after the village has a free canteen, he and his wife will come to eat every day, and then pack them back to his 90-year-old mother.
[Concurrent] Su Jinying, a villager in Dongxin Village, Chengxiang Town, Long'an County, Guangxi
There are three people in my family (dining), including my wife, and my mother eats here. (Mother) she can't go anymore. I eat here and pack it back to her.
[Explanation] Ma Xiuhua, a villager who returned to the village from Guangdong, told reporters that the emergence of free canteens has changed their lives.
[Concurrent] Ma Xiuhua, a villager of Dongxin Village, Chengxiang Town, Long'an County, Guangxi
Fortunately, we don’t need to cook anymore and we can eat it when we come back. What's wrong, the (canteen) has changed our living conditions.
[Explanation] Qian Xueming, vice chairman of the Political Consultative Conference of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and chairman of the Democratic National Construction Association Guangxi District Committee, said that the elderly are a special group for poverty alleviation and rural rejuvenation. Those who are unable to get out of the mountains and integrate into towns are the concerns of their children and future generations. And worries.
The introduction of the "Parents Canteen" project has solved the worries for the children of migrant workers.
[Concurrent] Qian Xueming, Vice Chairman of the Political Consultative Conference of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and Chairman of the Guangxi District Committee of China Democratic National Construction Association
Because many children in the countryside go out to work, etc. At noon, it is actually very inconvenient for ordinary people to cook at home alone, so we raised funds from the Internet to explore the construction of this "parents canteen", we named it "Parents canteen" is actually to provide free lunch to the elderly for Chinese food. In this case, it will provide convenience to them and at the same time relieve their children from worries.
[Explanation] It is reported that thanks to the assistance and support of the Guangxi District Committee of the Democratic National Construction Association, the face of the deeply impoverished village Dongxin Village has been fundamentally reversed, and it has achieved poverty alleviation by the end of 2019.
Based on the good foundation and comprehensive advantages of Dongxin Village for stable and long-term poverty alleviation, the Guangxi United Front Work Department listed Dongxin Village as the first batch of demonstration construction bases for the united front to promote rural revitalization in March 2020.
The Guangxi District Committee of the Democratic National Construction Association and Dongxin Village signed an agreement to build the village into a base for the implementation of the Democratic National Construction Association's recommendations and a model for the united front to serve rural revitalization within the next five years.
Yang Qiang, Huang Lingyan, Chen Yanyou, reporting from Nanning, Guangxi
Editor in charge: 【Luo Pan】