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
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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

Dear Donors,

Last month we finished setting up new books at Xiaoqin Elementary School and are now here to share our happiness with you.

Xiaoqin Elementary School is located about ten miles north of Pingliang city, Gansu. The school was built in 1937 and since then has been providing learning opportunities for children in the surrounding rural areas. Currently there are 11 teachers and 105 students at Xiaoqin.

In 2019, we had our first collaboration with Xiaoqin and donated 390 books to start their library project. During follow up visits, we were impressed by how much effort the faculty members invested in establishing good reading habits for the children. Earlier this year, we received a request from Xiaoqin for more books and were beyond excited. In May, we delivered 350 new books. For the past month, teachers have planned various reading activities and students have been very happy with the newly expanded book collection.

We could not have done this without your help. As always, thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

getting new books
getting new books
sign up sheet for reading activity
sign up sheet for reading activity
reading together
reading together
reading class
reading class

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Dear Donors,

We are happy to announce that we have completed another project!

In addition to the Shitie School that we told you about last November, another school in Xuanhan County named Sansheng was also in need of new desks and chairs. Located in the town of Tuhuang, Sansheng School has long been in a state of desolation. The area is not only geographically difficult to access but also suffers from an economic collapse that could be traced back to 2003. Despite all the hardships, the faculty at Sansheng stayed. Currently there are 38 full time teachers, providing education for over 500 students.

Due to financial difficulty, Sansheng reached out to us. We worked together and installed 400 sets of new desks and chairs. Now the students are able to study in a much cleaner and more comfortable environment. The project costed approximately $5,400, which all came from your donations. We are very fortunate to have your continuous support. Thank you so much.

Please stay healthy and stay safe.

Sincerely,
Overseas China Education Foundation

old desks
old desks
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unloading
students with new desks and chairs
students with new desks and chairs

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Dear OCEF donors and volunteers:

The season of harvesting and thanksgiving is upon us again; we would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! Thank you for your continued support for and trust in the OCEF! We are deeply grateful for your help, support and participation in any shape or form. 

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Besides the invitation to #GivingTuesday, we want to report our progresses in 2020.

With immense gratitude, we report another year of resilience, of resourcefulness, of hard work, of love for learning, of hope—all because of your tireless work, trust and support. OCEF has been operating in high gear whenever possible, in whichever channel that is open.  5,519 financial aid packages of $781,000 total have been issued to K-12 students.  Library Program sent 13,624 books to the schools.  Almost $92,000 were used on Campus Improvements, which in some places means the students can finally have proper water supply. These figures offer a glimpse of OCEF’s work in 2020. COVID-19 put a hold on our Summer Teaching Program and delayed our Online School Program, but 68 volunteers still conducted 480 hours of online classes covering six subjects, benefiting 1,500 students.

Despite what seems to be insurmountable circumstances, we managed to direct our resources where needed. Financial Aids, Online Classes, Book Drive, Special Projects (Campus Improvements) and Correspondence have all been highly active and effective. We particularly would like to mention the 524 letters in response to student beneficiaries’ incoming messages. That personal, high-touch exchange is priceless in this confusing and sometimes faceless world. We take pride in this tradition and we thank each and every one of the 48 volunteers writing these letters with genuine care and love.

This very genuine care and love is what drives us and makes OCEF different. When life is hard, we work harder, because deep down we know there are so many students out there who got it worse, far worse. We also know, these students, these teachers, never give up, never will. Any tiny bit of help we can give along their heart-wrenching, nail-biting, winding and sometimes dark way out, is an outstretched hand pulling them forward. It may just tip the scale. We take comfort and renew our faith in the knowledge that we have lightened the way, warmed hearts, rekindled hope.

This holiday season is bound to be one that is remembered singularly. We wish you a safe and restful one. Above all, peace. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

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Dear Donors,

Hope this letter finds you well.

We would like to introduce Shitie School to you this time. Located in the remote northeast region of Xuanhan County, Sichuan Province, Shitie village is about 80 km away from the nearest town. Therefore, for many children in the surrounding areas, Shitie School is the only available choice. With 59 teachers and 922 students, 192 in kindergarten and 730 from 1st to 12th grade, the school has been struggling financially for a long time. While the administration tried hard to reduce costs while delivering necessary resources to the students, there was only so much they can do.

Earlier this year, the school decided to reach out and work with us to renovate the classrooms and dorm rooms. The most urgent needs are new desks, chairs, and dorm beds. The current set of desks and chairs as well as dorm beds have gone through rounds of repair and come to the point that maintenance alone cannot keep them function reliably. To give the students a better learning and living environment, we installed 350 sets of desks and chairs and 150 new beds. The project, costing about $11,600, was funded entirely by you. The new furniture markedly improved the living conditions of students at Shitie and we could not have done it without your continuous kindness and support. Thank you so much.

Please stay healthy and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Shitie school entrance
Shitie school entrance
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unloading
students using new desks and chairs
students using new desks and chairs
old dorm beds
old dorm beds
new dorm beds
new dorm beds

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Dear Donors,

Hope you are doing well and staying safe.  This is an exceptional and challenging time for us all.  We have adapted to different ways of working with schools and continued to provide help for those in need.

This past April, we received a request from a faculty member at Liangmen Elementary School.  Located in Puyang, Henan, Liangmen has been participating in our Library Program for over two years. The new request however was about desks and chairs instead of books. All desks and chairs for the 306 students at Liangmen were from a bulk order in 2007 and had been in need of repair for a long time.  We connected with the faculty through video chat.  We saw that most desks had their finishes seriously damaged and the chairs were so worn-out that the students had to bring chairs from their homes to sit in class.

The situation required our immediate action.  By the beginning of May, 310 sets of new desks and chairs arrived at Liangmen and were set up just in time before the students came back from break.  Cost of the renovation was about $4100, which all came from your support.  Your generosity helped create a cleaner and safer learning environment for the children.  We cannot thank you enough.

It is incredible to have you by our side in the midst of this global crisis.  Wishing you and your loved ones good health and happiness always.

 

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

before school closure due to COVID-19
before school closure due to COVID-19
old desks
old desks
different stools brought by students
different stools brought by students
students in class with new desks and chairs
students in class with new desks and chairs

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Overseas China Education Foundation

Location: Houston, Texas - USA
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Project Leader:
Linfeng Zhang
Palo Alto, California United States
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