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Jun 25, 2014

Spring Aid Distributed & New Challenge TODAY!

Dear Donors,

We have great news to share with you!

TODAY, June 25th, we are given the special opportunity to participate in Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day! With $200,000 available, Microsoft is matching every donation 100%! We want to sincerely thank you. It is exclusively your strong support that made our project stand out and got invited. Let us take up this challenge together to win more money for the children!

(From June 25 at 12 PM (EDT) (noon) to June 26 at 11:59 (EDT), every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor is matched 100%. An additional $2,500 will be given to the project that raises the most funds and the project that has the most unique donors.)

In the past four weeks, we had finished distributing the first portion of our financial aid fund of the 2014 spring season. A total of ¥306,450 was given to 784 elementary and middle school students and ¥636,500 to 623 high school students. The students expressed their deepest gratitude to you.

The financial aid packages were usually delivered to students in ceremonies hosted by the schools that they were attending. Our inspectors then periodically visit aid-recipients’ schools and families to keep an account of their progress in school. The inspection results will become an essential factor in a student’s eligibility for future financial aid. We do our best to make sure that your support always goes to those who need it most.

We will keep you informed about the progress of our work and the conditions of our aid-recipients.

For more instant updates, please visit our official website, www.ocef.org, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OCEF.org.

Thank you again for all your kindness and support.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

Chengzhuang Elementary School at Dingtao, Shandong
Chengzhuang Elementary School at Dingtao, Shandong
Student Gao's home, an earthen kiln, at Shanxi
Student Gao's home, an earthen kiln, at Shanxi
ThankYouLetter From a 12th-grade student in Shanxi
ThankYouLetter From a 12th-grade student in Shanxi
Donation ceremony at Lanyu School, Shanxi
Donation ceremony at Lanyu School, Shanxi

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May 6, 2014

Help Children Attend School

Dear Donors,

Happy May! With spring just around the corner, it is time for another wonderful update.

Thank you for your continuous support over the past three months. To increase the impact of your donations, please consider helping us on May 7th, another GlobalGiving Bonus Day. (During a Bonus Day, 30% of all donations between $10 and $1,000 will be matched. The project with the most donors will get an extra $1,000 grant. Matching begins at 9:00 am EST on May 7th.)

As we told you in the last letter, we have been using some of your donations to build libraries in schools that seriously lack educational resources. Additionally, we have a lot of donations that are collectively reserved as part of the financial aid fund that will go to individual students who require financial support to attend school.

In the most impoverished rural regions of China, students from families with extremely low income drop out of school to alleviate the burden to their families. Deng is such a student. Deng lives in Peng'an County in Sichuan Province. Her mother suffers from hearing and speech impairments and her father just passed away due to illness. The family has no breadwinner and cannot find government assistance. Deng does not know where her next meal is coming from, not to mention her tuition for the next school year. As a result, despite the fact that Deng was admitted to a high school last year, she tells our volunteers that she is not going; instead, she wishes to join the workforce. Will this decision truly make her life easier? We have no way of knowing. However, we can help.

In areas like Peng'an County, to stay in school, students in elementary school and middle school need only $100/year; although attending high school requires more than $100/year, the amount to be raised is surely still within our capacity. Each year, we divide up our funds to give to thousands of students like Deng to make sure that financial pressure is not the only reason that keeps them out of school. This year, we are very happy to announce that $10,000 of all the donations we have received through the GlobalGiving window will join the fund pool that we have designated for individual children who desperately seek education.

We will keep you informed about the progress of our work and the conditions of our aid-recipients.

For more instant updates, please visit our official website, www.ocef.org, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OCEF.org.

Thank you again for all your kindness and support.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

The only road joining Peng'an to the outside world
The only road joining Peng'an to the outside world
The hut where Deng's family lives
The hut where Deng's family lives
Deng's family
Deng's family

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Feb 9, 2014

OCEF: New Books Sent & Double Your Impact on Feb. 12th

Dear OCEF Donors,

Thank you for your active support! While almost three months have passed since the 2013 GlobalGiving Open Challenge, our “Improve Educational Equity in Rural China” project on GlobalGiving.org continues to receive your generous contributions. We would like to inform you that on February 12th, GlobalGiving will be having a Bonus Day, during which 30% of all donations between $10 and $1,000 will be matched. The project with the most donors will get an extra $1,000 grant. Matching begins at 9 am Eastern time on Feb 12. Please help us use this day to most advantage, so we can raise more funds for the children.

During the past 3 months, we collected over $4,000 in successive donations. In addition to finishing the projects to which we introduced you in the last report, we have been focusing on purchasing books for students who seriously lack reading materials outside of class. Thanks to you, these children have read the books that they needed and of which they dreamed.

We will keep you informed about the progress of our work and the conditions of our aid-recipients.

For more instant updates, please visit our official website, www.ocef.org, and our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OCEF.org.

Again, we are fortunate to have and thankful for your enthusiastic support.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

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Hanlou Elementary School, Shangqiu, Henan
Hanlou Elementary School, Shangqiu, Henan
Zhujiashan Elementary School, Lianyungang, Jiangsu
Zhujiashan Elementary School, Lianyungang, Jiangsu
Moguanyu Elementary School, Jingle, Shanxi
Moguanyu Elementary School, Jingle, Shanxi
Some children's thank you letters
Some children's thank you letters

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