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.
Overseas China Education Foundation
The only road joining Peng'an to the outside world
The hut where Deng's family lives