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Nov 26, 2018

Yearly Report, and Invitation to GivingTuesday

Dear donors and volunteers:

The season of harvesting and thanksgiving is upon us again; we would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday!

Thank you for your continued support for and trust in the OCEF! We are deeply grateful for your help, support and participation in any shape or form.

GlobalGiving’s 2018 #GivingTuesday Campaign will begin Nov. 27, 2018, at 00:00:00 ET and end at 23:59:59 ET on Nov. 27, 2018. There will be a $150,000 Incentive Fund on #GivingTuesday. You may participate by clicking the "GIVE NOW" button in the end of this report.

The Incentive Fund will be distributed to participants proportionally based on final fundraising totals. This means that, at the end of #GivingTuesday, the projects that bring in the most dollars will win the largest slice of the Incentive Fund and every project that activates donors will earn something. Online donations up to $2,500 per unique donor per organization will count towards earning a portion of the Incentive Fund.

And there are upto $3,000 Most Funds Raised prizes and upto $3,000 Most Unique Donors prizes. You may find the realtime leader board here: https://www.globalgiving.org/leaderboards/giving-tuesday-2018

Besides the invitation to #GivingTuesday, we want to report our progresses in 2018.

In 2018, we have finally made our dream come true and formally registered our legal presence in Sichuan Province, laying a solid foundation for the long-term development of our projects in China. OCEF has had a continuously successful year, thanks to the joint efforts by our full-time and part-time staffers and the volunteers. Below is a list of statistics about 2018 that we have gathered so far:

  • 30number of rural teachers sponsored by the OCEF
  • 32number of volunteers from Chinese students in Europe and America who participated in the summer teaching camp in Huining, Gansu, the fifth consecutive year for this event
  • 70+rural schools receiving financial aid from the OCEF’s Library Program
  • 83classroom hours per week by our 81 volunteer teachers through the Online Classroom Program
  • 100±college scholarship applications by high school graduates sponsored by the OCEF
  • 250schools receiving our magazine Village Kids
  • 848letters from our Correspondence Team to kids in mountainous and rural areas
  • 2,005elementary/middle school financial aid packages distributed in the past spring and autumn semesters
  • 2,040students benefitting from the Online Classroom Program
  • 2,224high school financial aid packages distributed in the past spring and autumn semesters
  • 4,050copies of the Village Kids magazine delivered to schools
  • 26,221books distributed by the Library Program
  • 520,000RMB devoted to drinking water, heating, building improvement, and sport facility programs by the Special Programs Department
  • 3,800,000RMB distributed in financial aid in 2018 (spring and autumn semesters)

Even though we have made some progress, we know there is way more to be accomplished. Many kids are still in need of not only financial assistance but also spiritual guidance and encouragement. We have selected a letter from one of our supported students, which shows how appreciated they are to your generous help.

Our 2018 annual fund drive has started and the 1-on-1 Sponsorship Program opens to all on November 23rd, 2018; we invite you to join us!

OCEF

Student's Letter (page 1)
Student's Letter (page 1)
Student's Letter (page 2)
Student's Letter (page 2)

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Sep 10, 2018

New Play Area at Gouxi Kindergarten

Dear Donors,

Hope this email finds you well!

This time we would like to introduce you Gouxi School. Gouxi is located in Longquan Village, a small village about 40 miles away from Langzhong City in Sichuan Province. The school consists of an elementary school and a kindergarten, functioning as the only learning institution in the surrounding area for a total of 72 students and 32 pre-school children.

OCEF first visited Gouxi in March of 2017 to observe a library project started there by another foundation. Our initial impression of the school was that, despite of having only rudimentary facilities and limited classroom resources, the administrators and teaching faculty were very attentive to the children's needs and put a lot of effort into making the best of what they had. After the library project was complete, the school was very cooperative in providing periodical feedback about the management and usage of its new library. We paid Gouxi another two visits in November of 2017 and March of 2018 and found it to be exactly the type of school we look for to partner with, and so we began a new project with Gouxi.

The new project involves building a play area in the school's kindergarten. Substantial research shows that play links to healthy brain development. The pleasure of play facilitates and accelerates all aspects of learning, including emotional, social, motor and cognitive. In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recognizes it as a right for every child.

Gouxi had long intended to build a play area to enrich the children's lives, but no funding was available. Fortunately, this summer, with your generous contributions, we made it possible. The whole project costed a bit less than $600. The interior of a classroom was re-designed and re-decorated to serve as the play area. New toy sets, such as building blocks, play-doh, magnetic tiles, and balls, are scattered around the area.  Cushioning of the floor is still in process but will soon be finished as well.  The children are now very happy upon discovering a new playground and the new toys are becoming their favorites. Your help had made a true difference in their lives.

 

Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity!

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

new play area
new play area
children playing
children playing

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Jun 12, 2018

A Seminar for Educators in Fuyang, Anhui

Dear Donors,

 

Last month, we held a weeklong education seminar for teachers in Fuyang, Anhui. The seminar is a part of the OCEF Pilot Library Project that focuses on training and helping educators develop a healthy reading environment for school age children. A total of twenty four teachers participated. The teachers come from different parts of China at where OCEF has long-term local funding programs. They have been teaching with very limited resources and are very eager to learn new knowledge and skills. During the seminar week, they visited several different well-established school and community libraries, and then spent the rest of the time practicing reciting passages, sharing stories, doing hands-on activities, analyzing book passages, watching performances, and browsing through educational forums. After the seminar ended, we received very positive feedback from all the participants.

 

We hope that through seminars like the one in Fuyang, we can help teachers in better evaluate the reading environment at their respective schools and promote their students' interest in reading. After we worked with multiple schools on building libraries, we realized that the mere existence of books was often not sufficient to encourage children to learn independent reading, make it a part of their lives, and truly find pleasure in doing so. We have to consider many factors, such as the age-appropriateness and diversity of the books, the organization and accessibility of the libraries (lighting, seating space, catalogue, open hours, etc), and the schools' cooperativeness in ensuring reading is integrated into everyday classroom practice. We soon found that the most efficient and effective way to keep all of these factors in check and continuously improve the reading culture in a school is to have motivated teachers who strongly believe in reading for enjoyment. Unfortunately, working at rural schools seated in poverty and desolation, often the teachers simply do not have an up to date knowledge of children's literature and pedagogy. Therefore, we started the Pilot Library Project, in which we focus on helping the children through helping the teachers. The teachers go through training seminars and take what they learn in the seminars to set up independent reading sessions, story time, book clubs, and guided reading in their classes. We hope that, by keeping such practice consistent, the children will grow up in a lively reading culture within the school environment and benefit from the experience in the long run.

 

Without your help, we could not have made any of these possible. Once again, thank you for your kindness and generosity!

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

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