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Aug 25, 2015

A Trip to Guangling

Desks using GlobalGiving fund
Desks using GlobalGiving fund

Dear Donors,

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!

At the end of June, our staff traveled to Guangling, Shanxi with two GlobalGiving staff members. A lot of students who have been receiving our financial aid live in Guangling and we were really happy to visit some of them on this trip.

One of OCEF’s aid recipients in Guangling is in his final year of high school. His grandparents are ill and father disabled. His mother is slightly healthier and has diabetes. Together the school’s tuition and the medical expenses far exceed what the family can afford, as the annual household income is only $1350.

Another student attending the same high school has a similar struggle. This student lives with his parents and sister. His sister has congenital heart disease and paying for her operations had left the family in huge debt. Even worse, his father is disabled by a car accident, which leaves his mother as the only person in the family able to work, generating only little more than $800 income per year.

These two students with financial difficulty both received $350 from OCEF last year, like many other high school students in the Financial Aid Program. To apply for OCEF’s financial aid, a student must prove that his family annual income per capita is below 2300 yuan (~$380). Every year, we visit and evaluate new applicants as well as re-visit and re-evaluate existing students to make sure that our help goes to where it is needed the most.

The recent trip to Guangling, like our many other trips, showed us the strong will of aid recipients to stay in school and the progress they have made after months of dedicated studying. What we see greatly encourages us to continue our work. Since 1992, OCEF has distributed over 14,000 financial aid packages. We have changed the specific amounts of these packages a few times over the years according to the cost of living in China. At present, we offer yearly, need-based financial aid of $100, $150, and $350 to elementary, middle, and high school students, respectively.

As always, we truly appreciate your kindness and help. Thank you for making our work possible. Please keep supporting our students as you always do.

Sincerely,

OCEF

a student's home
a student's home
another student's home
another student's home
students in class
students in class
GlobalGiving staff in class with students
GlobalGiving staff in class with students

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May 22, 2015

Baiye Elementary School Report

Dear Donors,

This time we would like to share with you the story of the children at Baiye Elementary School. Baiye is located in Zhaoan County, Fujian Province. In 1997, a company from Xiamen donated an academic building to the school, giving it a total floor area of 1200 square meters. However, because of of its isolated location and various other reasons, at present the school only has five classes, three pre-school with 62 students, one first-grade and one second-grade with 40 students in total. Only five teachers are available to these children, and they have only broken blackboards and chalks as tools for teaching, for that no additional funding has been available for maintenance or new classroom equipment since the school building was put to use.

At the end of last year, our volunteers visited Baiye and decided to provide the children with more learning resources. This March, the first batch of books arrived at Baiye. The children are very young (under ~7) but well-mannered. They listened quietly while the volunteers introduced the books to them, waited patiently for the books to be distributed into their hands, and became immersed in the books immediately. The picture books were their favorites right now because they have not yet learned how to read most of the words, but their faces revealed great curiosity toward the contents that they could not understand. This is a hopeful start for the children and us.

According to one of the senior teachers at Baiye, there are as many as 1600 school-age children around the area and the school has quite a potential to grow. We truly look forward to cooperating with Baiye in the future. As always, thank you for all your help and kindness for making our project possible.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

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Feb 23, 2015

Looking Back: the Year of 2014

Dear Donors,

Hope you have had a wonderful Lunar New Year! We wish you great happiness and prosperity in the Year of Goat!

Looking back, 2014 had been a year of accomplishments. We provided financial aid to 2,686 students enrolling in elementary, middle, and high schools and helped 84 schools to build their own libraries. In addition, we financially assisted teachers who were willing to teach in underdeveloped areas. Some of our volunteers who had previous teaching experience also offered online English and creative arts lessons to students during school semesters and summer break. We wish that, through these efforts, we can ensure and enrich the quality of learning for our students.

Without you, none of our works would have been able to proceed. We received approximately $570,000 of donations in 2014 and a significant portion of these came from you. On the Microsoft YouthSpark GivingTuesday in December 2014, you helped us raise $26,000 and win $27,000 of matching funds! We cannot thank you enough.

One of our volunteers, Minmin, recorded her experience of visiting seventeen schools near Liuzhou City in Guangxi Province over the course of last year. The schools have been receiving our help starting either 2014 or before that. We would like to share with you some of the best moments the children had using the new learning materials and resources that your donations made possible.

Improving education for children living in rural China is an ongoing project. Sometimes we see the effects of our actions immediately; other times we have to wait with patience and hope until the children show us how capable they can grow to be. We thank you for waiting with us and the children remain grateful for all your kindness.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Children helping volunteers carry school supplies
Children helping volunteers carry school supplies
Students organizing newly arrived books
Students organizing newly arrived books
Children receiving reading awards
Children receiving reading awards
Students reading in the new school library
Students reading in the new school library
Daily reading class
Daily reading class

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