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Mar 9, 2018

Love has no ends

Wang on the road to a village
Wang on the road to a village

Dear OCEF donors and friends,

Rongshui Miao Autonomous County is a small county of Liuzhou city, Guangxi autonomous region. It has very beautiful mountains and rivers. Unfortunately, many villages hide inside those mountains and rivers with less connection with outside. Poverty is a serious problem.

OCEF has many projects in Rongshui, including student financial-aid, teacher aid, library projects, and special school improvement projects. Many students are supported by OCEF and its donors, and some of them have graduated from high school and enrolled in colleges. N. Wang is one of them. He comes from a single-parent family, and got financial aid in 2015. He studied very hard, and successfully entered Department of Landscape Architecture, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, in the summer of 2016. In that summer, he joined other villagers to build railway in Baise city, and earned more than 3,000 RMB as tuition. This is not the end of the story. He didn't disappear, because he applied to be a volunteer of OCEF in September 2016. When he was a high school student, he always asked questions about OCEF, and showed strong interest to be one of the volunteers. When he was in college, he helped our project coordinator collect teachers feedback and maintain library categories. In the winter break of 2017, he volunteered to visit many underprivileged families and students. These families are mosted located in big mountains, far away from everything. He drove his motorcycle on these local roads only he is familiar with, and he knows the local language which we are hard to understand. He is the key to the difficult jobs of family background investigation. With his great help, we recognized many students who urgently need financial support. From then on, he did a lot of volunteering jobs for us in every school break. He continues to help us in other projects when he is in college in Fuzhou.

He is not the first volunteer who was once supported by OCEF, and he is also not the last. That's the most beautiful thing we could imagine. We passed our love to these kids, and when they grow up, they amplify the love and pass to more kids. They were unfortunate to be born in poor families, but they were fortunate to be gently touched by someone like you, and they were thankful and decide to pay back their thankfulness by help others. As volunteers, we thank them, and we appreciate their choices. Their choices define the meanings of our volunteering jobs, define the contributions of our donors, and define the success of OCEF.

N. Wang is not alone. We had L. Li, C. Xiao, Z. Meng, Y. Wang and Y. Huang joined as volunteers. They were all students got financial aid from OCEF before. Winter is cold, but they make it warm. With their help, we successfully held a winter camp in Rongshui this January. Four volunteer teachers from Beijing brought music program to about 50 students who are being supported by OCEF. They all got great experience with music and other arts, which they couldn't get from local limited resources.

Spring is coming, let's warm up, and cheer up. Go kids go! We love you and you deserve a better tomorrow!

Overseas China Education Foundation
A village in the mountain
A village in the mountain
A house in the village
A house in the village
Winter camp in Rongshui (uniforms are donated)
Winter camp in Rongshui (uniforms are donated)
Dec 11, 2017

We increased student financial aid

Application from Student L, Suichuan, Jiangxi
Application from Student L, Suichuan, Jiangxi

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

 

Holiday season is coming, and we wished you all a very merry Christmas. 

From this Spring, we increased our 1to1 student financial aid.

  • For primary school students, the aid increased from 600 Yuan to 700 Yuan per year.
  • For middle school students, the aid increased from 900 Yuan to 1,000 Yuan per year.
  • For high school students, the aid increased from 2,000 Yuan to 2,400 Yuan per year.

This year, we supported 50 high school students using the donations from you and GlobalGiving. They are from Jiangxi, Ningxia and Guizhou province. Most of them are from a single parent family, and the financial aid will not only provide tuition support, but also encourage them to continue their high school study. We read a lot of letters from the students we supported before, and many of them mentioned that the encourage is priceless for them, and they can feel that there are some people still care about them. We believe that with your support, these students will have a better future, and pursue their dream easier.

We attached several letters form these kids. They are underpriviledged, but we are very glad to see that they are strong enough to fight with their fate. In this year, many of our previously supported students have graduated from colleges, and some of them have been our volunteers! They are providing volunteering services to the younger students in their hometowns. What a wonderful circle! We believe that later, when these 50 high school students grow up, some of them will join us to help other students. We believe that we have planted a seed of hope and love in these students' hearts.

Stay warm and healthy!

And we will see you next year!

House of Student L, Suichuan, Jiangxi
House of Student L, Suichuan, Jiangxi
Application from Student Z, Mabian, Sichuan
Application from Student Z, Mabian, Sichuan
Application of Student J, Mabian, Sichuan
Application of Student J, Mabian, Sichuan
Sep 8, 2017

New Bookshelf at Xijiadou Elementary School

Dear Donors,

Time flies! Fall is just around corner. As a new school semester is starting, we would like to introduce to you a new school that we worked with in the past summer.  

Xijiadou Elementary School, located in Guangling County, was founded in 1928. Over the years, the faculty and staff at Xijiadou had worked very hard to improve the students’ learning experience. They built multimedia classrooms, a music room, an art studio, a library, and a computer lab as well as bought sports equipment and internet covering the whole campus. The faculty also sought self-improvement as they incorporated peer evaluation and collaborative teaching into their routine. Now, with 455 students and 32 teachers, Xijiadou is rated as one of the top schools in Guangling county for the quality of education it provides.

One of Xijiadou’s curriculum ideologies is that the school should nurture an interest and appreciation for reading in students. However, while trying to create the ideal reading atmosphere for the students, the faculty met difficulties. Even though the school library holds more than 9,000 books, the books are not readily accessible to the students. The library, being a small room filled with high shelfs, does not have sufficient lighting and space for students to read. To read outside the library, the students would have to borrow books through the librarian. The librarian, being one of the teachers, is often busy and not there to answer students’ requests. The faculty felt that this situation greatly hindered the students from gaining a good reading experience. Therefore, they came up with the idea of building a bookshelf wall along the main corridor in the academic building.

This past summer, with a little more than 7,000 RMB from you, we put together a brand new bookshelf wall for Xijiadou. The bookshelf holds more than 1,000 books and is accessible to the students 24/7. The students were very excited and the faculty indeed observed more students reading each day. Before we left, Xijiadou also became a participant of our reading program, where the students would get books (classics, science, art, history, etc.) from us at no cost as long as the teachers agree to spend ten minutes each day reading the books to the students. We hope reading can enrich the lives of the students and help them see the world through an open mind. On behalf of all students and faculty at Xijiadou, we thank you for your generosity. Without you, none of these could have been possible.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

OCEF

new bookshelf
new bookshelf
children reading
children reading
getting new books
getting new books

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