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.
Very Truly Yours,
Dawn Luo, Fundrasing Committee Chair
SOAR Scholarship Nominator and her baby girl