Sep.6,2017--"In the past, if we wanted to announce something to our residents in our community, we had to spend lots of money on telephone bills, or we even sometimes had to use a loudspeaker - but the wind always carried the sound away. If we spoke towards the west, the residents in the east missed it, and if we spoke faced to the east, those in the west would hear nothing," said Dunzhu, head of Zhaxi Tuomen community in Shannan Prefecture, China's Tibet Autonomous Region, in his introduction to online alternatives for daily interactions.
Sep.6,2017--Ciren Gesang, a resident in Zhaxi Tuomen community of Shannan Prefecture, China's Tibet Autonomous Region, stands in front of the internet television with his son in his hands. [Photo by Zhang Jiaqi / China.org.cn]
Since last year, Dunzhu began to use WeChat groups to make announcements to the 502 residents in the community's 135 households. In a few months, different WeChat groups had been set up for different types of residents to offer targeted and timely services. Now, there are groups for low-income family members, students, coach drivers, migrant workers, community leaders and daily talks, as well as groups for learning various skills or information.
Ciren Gesang is one of the 24 members of the group for low-income families. The 50-year-old man with a four-year-old son found his job as a forest ranger in the group. "There are often some job postings in this WeChat group, and the job I found here earns me 3,000 yuan every year. I can also enjoy the subsidy for low-income families," he said with a smile on his face.