Wish you all Happy New Year. We have several things to update for last season.
Firstly, please allow me to introduce myself. I am April Lai, EdN’s new Program Coordinator, and I will replace our familiar friend Blandine Ricouart effective from January 2013. I am very excited to be part of EdN’s team, and I felt I had a long history with Ningxia. It was my volunteer experience guided me to Ningxia the first time; I stayed a month at Gugou Village, Xiji County in Year 2005, engaging with relevant field work including teaching, farming and research, where I had the chance to better understand the poverty situation of the community in Ningixa. There was a child I used to chat with. He passed the Chinese college entrance examination and was admitted to Beijing to study in Central University for Nationalities; it was very rare because that village only had one college student when we were there. Then he told me that my conversation with him encouraged him a lot. I still remember the excitement when I heard from him, as I didn’t think I contributed any value to the children apart from disturbing their peaceful life despite of the poverty. It was exact that experience motivated me to continue my career at Non-Profit sector in China. During last 2 years, I was working in a social enterprise, aiming to assist rural microfinance institutions so as to help poor rural farmers to get out of poverty, where I traveled to Ningxia frequently, most of time to Yanchi and Tongxin County. It felt like that I am deeply connected to Ningxia because now I have the opportunity to work for EdN to help children in Ningxia.
Then, I would like to share EdN’s achievement in last season.
The students of the French International School from Hong Kong arrived at Ningxia on June 18, 2012 and allocated the school materials to Tuochang and Wangwan primary school. They also met the families, shared lunch with them and participated in the morning exercise with the students of Tuochang School. In addition, they got the chance to learn more about Chinese history and culture by visiting Mao’s fort, ruins of the Haiyun’s earthquake or Liumiao’s Taoist temple.
In the coming season, I am beginning to organize my first trip to Ningxia for EdN with the association in order to meet the scholarship students and their families, to evaluate the current needs of the community in terms of education. I will come back to your very soon.