Education  China Project #14815

Improve Educational Equity in Rural China

by Overseas China Education Foundation
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Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China
Improve Educational Equity in Rural China

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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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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Dear Donors,

We hope you have had a great summer. Several exciting events have occurred during the past three months.

Your support has been wonderful. The Microsoft YouthSpark Bonus Day held during the end of June was a huge success. We would like to thank you for helping us win first place in the campaign. In total we have received over $40,000 of donations and over $10,000 of matching and bonus funds. All of the money raised will be calculated into the next funding plan and afterward distributed to various OCEF projects.

On July 11th, we launched the Summer Camp to Support Education project in Huining, Gansu Province. More than twenty of our volunteers from various parts of the world went to Chaimen Middle School and Touzhai Elementary School and spent almost three weeks with the local students. In order to enrich students’ summer lives, the volunteers designed a total of eight courses for interactive learningConversational English, Reading, World Culture, Arts, Music, Sports, Introduction to Computer, and Medicine and Health. The program received abundant positive feedback from students and parents.

In the meantime, another group of our volunteers worked on Girl’s Education (GE), a collaborative program between OCEF and China Rural Library. The GE program caters to the needs of girls who live in rural areas of China where poverty and gender inequality are deep-rooted. We provide comprehensive and long-term support, both social and financial, to girls aged 20-30 yrs. Our main goal is to give them reassurance of worth, opportunities, and guidance for a better future. The most recent GE project currently is taking place in Chaba, Sichuang Province, where senior volunteers are staying with the local girls for an extended period of time as well as offering courses on sexual health, living skills, and career development.

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 your continued support in making all of these things possible. We also thank Microsoft YouthSpark for the generous grants which are greatly supporting our ongoing projects.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

Students at Chaimen Middle School
Students at Chaimen Middle School
Volunteers teaching a class
Volunteers teaching a class

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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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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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