Feb 25, 2019

Toys for Children at Jieyuan

Dear Donors,

Time for some wonderful news! We'd like to tell you what we've done for the children at Jieyuan.

Jieyuan School is located about thirty-five kilometers northeast of Langzhong City in Sichuan Province. Its pre-school program has eighty children, making it the largest in the region. However, having been dealing with financial difficulty for several years, Jieyuan has almost no resources to fund its pre-school program.

OCEF's volunteers initially visited Jieyuan in 2016 and since then the school has been a participant of our Library Project. However, because the project focused on reading, it was directed towards students of school age or older and did not directly benefit the children in the kindergarten. After several visits, we decided that additional funding would be necessary to create a better environment for the youngest children at Jieyuan. 

Numerous studies have demonstrated the importance of play for child development and the crucial tools, toys, employed in this process. Together with the teachers at Jieyuan, we spent about $400 and selected a number of toys to place in the classrooms, including a variety of blocks and puzzles, as well as tangrams, drums, kaleidoscopes, spinning tops, yoga balls, and Orff instruments. The children were very happy to see the new toys and grew quite fond of them only in a matter of minutes. We hope that the new toys will help promote physical, intellectual, and social development of these children and thus benefit them in the long run.

Once again, thank you for your kindness and generosity. We could not have done this without your help.

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Jieyuan School
Jieyuan School
Kindergarten
Kindergarten
playing with new toys
playing with new toys

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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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