Hello everyone! My name is Qiu Haiyan.
Thanks to Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation, I was able to finish high school and meet a lot of caring people. These people have shown me that there is no lack of love in this world and that love is always around us!
Among the many caring people I met, the one who impressed me the most was Dolphin. She was like a bright light for my heart, showing me the way. She was like a big sister who always encouraged me and the other students and helped us solve our problems. When I was in college, I learned that Dolphin was a social worker. So I vowed in my heart that I want to become a person like Dolphin and help more people. But although this dream is very beautiful, it is very hard to achieve.
In the end, because of my college entrance examination scores, I chose a university that did not have a social work major and ended up applying for the English major because I wanted to speak English fluently like Dolphin. But things didn’t turn out like I hoped. The year that I applied for the English major entry was very competitive, and I was not accepted.
I was down for a long time - knowing that I would become a teacher rather than a person like Dolphin. Plus, I didn’t know if I had what it took to become a teacher. But Dolphin told me once, "Haiyan will be a loving and energetic teacher. I believe the students will like you very much!" After she said this, I was so happy.
Because of Dolphin’s encouragement, deep inside I was sure that I would become a loving, energetic and popular teacher someday. It was Dolphin's affirmation that gave me direction for my future.
I no longer feel resistant to the teaching profession. Today I really am a teacher who is loved and welcomed by her students, just like Dolphin said. Sadly, these days I rarely participate in charity activities. This is because of the nature of my work and the travelling distance. But I have slowly realized that although I can't participate in charity activities because of my work, my love has never stopped spreading.
Now my goal is to educate my students well, cultivate their good habits as well as their love for others from childhood. I can help them to grow up in a loving environment, and then they will have the ability to help more people in need. Let love spill over; let love warm the earth; let love flow forever!
Thank you for your generous giving to Concordia Welfare & Education Foundation scholarship fund for Chinese girls! Because of you, young women like Qiu Haiyan have received the love and support they need to achieve greater heights! And more than receiving an education, these young women also learn the beauty and power of love and are giving back to their communities.
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*This letter was originally written by Qiu Haiyan in Mandarin. With the help of software, it was translated to English and then edited for length and flow.