Oct 31, 2020

New Beds, Desks, and Chairs at Shitie

Dear Donors,

Hope this letter finds you well.

We would like to introduce Shitie School to you this time. Located in the remote northeast region of Xuanhan County, Sichuan Province, Shitie village is about 80 km away from the nearest town. Therefore, for many children in the surrounding areas, Shitie School is the only available choice. With 59 teachers and 922 students, 192 in kindergarten and 730 from 1st to 12th grade, the school has been struggling financially for a long time. While the administration tried hard to reduce costs while delivering necessary resources to the students, there was only so much they can do.

Earlier this year, the school decided to reach out and work with us to renovate the classrooms and dorm rooms. The most urgent needs are new desks, chairs, and dorm beds. The current set of desks and chairs as well as dorm beds have gone through rounds of repair and come to the point that maintenance alone cannot keep them function reliably. To give the students a better learning and living environment, we installed 350 sets of desks and chairs and 150 new beds. The project, costing about $11,600, was funded entirely by you. The new furniture markedly improved the living conditions of students at Shitie and we could not have done it without your continuous kindness and support. Thank you so much.

Please stay healthy and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Shitie school entrance
Shitie school entrance
unloading
unloading
students using new desks and chairs
students using new desks and chairs
old dorm beds
old dorm beds
new dorm beds
new dorm beds

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Jul 1, 2020

New desks and chairs for students at Liangmen

Dear Donors,

Hope you are doing well and staying safe.  This is an exceptional and challenging time for us all.  We have adapted to different ways of working with schools and continued to provide help for those in need.

This past April, we received a request from a faculty member at Liangmen Elementary School.  Located in Puyang, Henan, Liangmen has been participating in our Library Program for over two years. The new request however was about desks and chairs instead of books. All desks and chairs for the 306 students at Liangmen were from a bulk order in 2007 and had been in need of repair for a long time.  We connected with the faculty through video chat.  We saw that most desks had their finishes seriously damaged and the chairs were so worn-out that the students had to bring chairs from their homes to sit in class.

The situation required our immediate action.  By the beginning of May, 310 sets of new desks and chairs arrived at Liangmen and were set up just in time before the students came back from break.  Cost of the renovation was about $4100, which all came from your support.  Your generosity helped create a cleaner and safer learning environment for the children.  We cannot thank you enough.

It is incredible to have you by our side in the midst of this global crisis.  Wishing you and your loved ones good health and happiness always.

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

before school closure due to COVID-19
before school closure due to COVID-19
old desks
old desks
different stools brought by students
different stools brought by students
students in class with new desks and chairs
students in class with new desks and chairs

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Mar 2, 2020

New Beds for Students Living at School

Dear Donors,

Time flies! Here we are again, with another story to share with you.

The story took place in Xuanhan County, Sichuan. In Xuanhan, two schools take students from kindergarten age up to 9th grade, one named Sansheng and the other one Sanqiao. Sansheng has over 500 students, with about one third of them living in the school dorm. Sanqiao is a bit bigger, with over 700 students and over 400 of them rely on school to provide housing. Unfortunately, the dorm conditions of both schools were far from ideal. At Sansheng, the only 75 bunkbeds available were from the 1990s and almost on the verge of falling apart. Sanqiao, on the other hand, was in need of an additional 82 bunkbeds to have enough. And just like the other schools that we visited before, both schools wanted to give their students a better living and learning environment but lacked funding to purchase what they need.

It pained us to see the students struggle to have their basic needs met and we were eager to help. With your support, we purchased and installed 160 metal bunkbeds and 15 storage closets for Sanqiao and Sansheng. Both schools were very grateful. There was still a lot left to do. We only hope that, with this new set of furniture, the lives of the students would become a bit easier.

As always, thank you so much for giving so generously. We will continue to update you on the positive impacts that your support made possible. Thank you again!

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

old beds from the 1990s
old beds from the 1990s
new steel beds
new steel beds
new storage cabinets in the corner
new storage cabinets in the corner

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