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Mar 13, 2020

SOAR COVID-19 Special Announcement

A SOAR Student's Home
A SOAR Student's Home

Dear SOAR Foundation donors, 

On behalf of all SOAR students and volunteers, we want to sincere thank you for your continuous support! 

Twenty-five years ago, SOAR Foundation was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by a group of people who cared deeply about education in China. As you might be aware, our scholarships have improved and, in some cases changed the thousands of lives of the recipients and their families, thus may also have positively impacted the Chinese society as well.

At the end of 2019, an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On Jan 30, 2020,The World Health Organization has declared a Global Emergency. As of now, the virus continues to expand.

Since Jan 23, 2020, Chinese authorities have shut down transit going in and out of Wuhan, and many more other cities may also follow suite, to contain the coronavirus outbreak. And further shut down many other cities/towns/villages, etc. The stop of agriculture and industrial productions due to the COVID-19 virus have already slowed down the global economy and the US may be no exception.

As the economy slows down, poor students’ families will become even more impoverished. For example, on average one SOAR student’s annual family income is about 10k RMB (about $1,400 USD). A SOAR student from Danjiangkou, Hubei wrote in her thank you letter,”our family have five people: my grandparents are in their 80s, weak and can’t walk due to aging, my dad is handicaped, only my uncle who’s almost 60 and suffers from spinal disc herniation works and supports the entire family. I was worried I couldn’t finish high school due to the huge financial burden on my family. Thanks to SOAR, the scholarship I received saved me from dropping out of school. Unfortunately, my uncle works in a factory, but due to the COVID-19 virus, the factory has been closed until further notifications.”    

SOAR Scholarship nominator Dr. Tang left her 10-month-old baby daughter to relatives and volunteered to Hubei province to support the combat of COVID-19.

At this critical moment, every penny of the SOAR scholarship is the key to change their lives. All your kind and warm above and beyond support is largely appreciated. We plead for your generosity in making extra donations to join the SOAR Foundation in participating in help to fight against the virus, by providing financials means to Wuhan, to China, and to the brave caretakers in the first line of defense.

Thank you!

Very Truly Yours,

Dawn Luo, Fundrasing Committee Chair

SOAR Scholarship Nominator and her baby girl
SOAR Scholarship Nominator and her baby girl
Dec 20, 2019

I will be a Teacher to continue the SOAR Spirit

Dear SOAR Donors:

Hope all is well with you!

For the past three years, your donation has helped to lessen my family’s financial burden, giving me time to focus on my studies. I just want to thank you for all that you have done for us.

Time flies! Three years passed in a blink of an eye. Over the past years, I experienced life-changing events, such as my college entrance exam. Looking back, I realize that I have tasted the bitterness of failure, hesitation and tears many times. But the thought of my mom’s gray hair, grandma’s frail features, little brother’s angelic face, and your love and expectation always gives me strength and keeps me going. I know I must always do my best no matter how hard it is, as I am now the pillar supporting my family with the passing of my dad.  

Although the journey toward higher education is full of obstacles, I have always believed that diligence and persistence will lead to success! I may have gone through many dark moments, but the love and kindness from you shine through the darkness and fill me with the confidence to overcome any fear and adversity I may face. The donation from you not only helps me financially, but also motivates me spiritually.

I decided to become a teacher, my way to pay back my teachers and school for the education they provided with me.  I was thrilled to learn that I was admitted by Jiaozuo Normal University. My major is elementary school education. I am determined to devote myself to a career in education, as I believe that would allow me to pass to others the love I was blessed with. With regard to high school education in rural areas, I believe the facilities in those schools should be improved. For example, the dormitories are not equipped with air conditioners or fans, which make it hard for students to get quality sleep in summer when it is very hot and humid.   Furthermore, the lack of qualified teachers remains an issue in many schools. If teachers’ wages are increased, more people will want to become a teacher, and the quality of education in those areas will improve eventually.

I will keep working hard to improve my knowledge and skills and to adjust to new environment. The future is bright, and I will embrace every day with smile on my face.

Thank you again for your help!

Wish you a very warm and happy holiday seasona nd a bright New Year ahead! 

YH, a SOAR Scholarship Recipient

December, 2019

 

Oct 3, 2019

Offer From TsingHua University - Thank you SOAR

Dear grandpas, grandmas, uncles and aunties of the SOAR Family, 

Hope you are all doing well! I remembered last time I chat with grandpa Zhou, how is he now? 

I graduated from Huangping National Middle School in Guizhou Province, sorry i don’t remember my ID :( Now I’m a freshman at Tsinghua University, majoring in Engineering Physics. Back in the summer vacation time, I wanted to write to you and share the exciting news. But I couldn’t find your mailing address. It took me a long time to find this email. My sincere apology for the delay in replying to the previous email from SOAR regarding my status quo, goals for new semester and the scholarship application.

Thanks a million for your help, support and awarded the SOAR Scholarship during my past three years in highschool. SOAR helped me to find the solutions to many difficult problems in my life. I still remember all the details when you visited our school for the first time. It was just like yesterday. I felt very excited to meet you all as a group of SOAR volunteers travelled across the pacific ocean and mountains in China to visit us -- poor rural mountainous area students. Seriously, your kindness was totally out of my expectations. I was worried that you would get sick in our harsh weather conditions. Our teachers told us many of you actually got sick after returning to the United States, which made me feel upset and hope you recovered immediately. 

Poor as I am, I know that learning is the only way to change my fate and my family’s situation. Now I can’t live for my own good. At Tsinghua University, I will study hard and guarantee will not fail your expectations. I hope I will thrive in the future and help other SOAR students just like you helped me. 

All in all, as a SOAR student, I greatly appreciate the care and support from SOAR family in my three years of highschool life. :)

I wish you good health and all the best!

Liangliang

SOAR Student

     

 
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