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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Dec 1, 2014

100% Donation Matching on Dec. 2nd & Dalangtang School Report

Dear Donors,

Happy Thanksgiving!

We are glad to announce that December 2nd is another GlobalGiving/Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day (GivingTuesday)! Microsoft is matching 100% of donations up to $500 per donor until the $350,000 matching funds run out. Bonus prizes of total $10,000 will also be given to the projects that have the most unique donors and the largest amount of donations. Please help us raise as much money as possible for the children!

Please do NOT donate until the matching starts, and only donations in the first several minutes could get matched. There is a count down on http://ocef.org/giving-tuesday. The first $175,000 matching fund will be released at 6am PST / 9am EST / 2pm GMT and the second $175,000 will be released at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST / 8pm GMT. Please donate at these times to see all of your donations matched! No matter how much and how many times you donate on those moments, only total $500 could be matched for each individual. Although the matching funds usually use up within 3-5 minutes, the GivingTuesday campaign will last 24 hours from 3am EST, December 2nd to 3am EST December 3rd, and all donations/donors in this period will count for the total $10,000 extra bonus prizes.

At this time we would like to introduce Dalangtang Elementary School to you. Dalangtang Elementary School is in Rongshui Province, Guangxi. About three hundred students of various ethnic groups from nearby villages attend the school and learn under the guidance of twenty teachers. Since 2013, Dalangtang has been in our Library Project. Our volunteers have helped build a new library and reading room for the students. In April this year, we worked with Dalangtang’s instructors and started daily reading lessons and also bought equipment for extracurricular activities to further enrich the students’ learning environment. A number of students and instructors also received our scholarship in June. Last month, we paid a visit to Dalangtang and assessed the progress and effects of our programs.

From talking with the students, we found that the daily reading lessons have increased the students’ vocabulary and their scope of general knowledge. The library and reading room have been made available to students before and after class and at noon recess. All students were able to write short reflections on what they had read. About one-fifth of them could paraphrase and retell the contents of books when given illustrations. Some older students could make up stories of their own. Overall, the students kept good reading habits and a large number of them enjoyed the reading lessons.

Again, thank you for all your kindness and support. Our work would not have been possible without you. 

Wishing you a beautiful holiday season,
Overseas China Education Foundation

Children finding books
Children finding books
children in daily reading class
children in daily reading class
children in the reading room
children in the reading room
Children doing homework
Children doing homework
Children in the library
Children in the library
Children in class
Children in class

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Oct 15, 2014

Bonus Day & September Progress

Dear Donors,

Another Bonus Day has come! The matching begins at 9:00 am EDT, TODAY, October 15th and ends when $75,000 matching fund runs out. 30% of every donation, up to $1,000 per donor, will be matched. To help the children win as much fund as possible, we want to get every donation matched! So, please donate TODAY at 9am or as early as you can before time runs out!

A lot has occurred in the past month. From September 22-25th, together with the director of the local education bureau, our volunteers visited three schools and several students’ families in Tongling, Anhui. We have decided to help two elementary schools build school libraries. The students at these schools are recorded as potential aid-recipients and their financial aid will be determined after a committee of volunteers discusses their situations.

Meanwhile, we launched our 2014-15 Girls’ Education program (please refer to our last report for details: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/16271/overseas-china-education-foundation/reports/).A total of twenty-seven female students attending elementary and middle schools will participate. We also finished building libraries for six elementary schools in Hunan, Jiangsu, Hubei, Gansu, and Sichuan and buying books for five elementary schools in Dingtao, Shandong.

In the next half-month, we will be distributing the first portion of our financial aid fund of the 2014 fall season. For more instant updates, please visit our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OCEF.org.

As always, we appreciate your support and your confidence in us.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

A student's home, Tongling, Anhui
A student's home, Tongling, Anhui
Children at Xiping Elementary School,Sangzhi,Hunan
Children at Xiping Elementary School,Sangzhi,Hunan
Dazhai Elementary School library, Pingliang, Gansu
Dazhai Elementary School library, Pingliang, Gansu

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