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Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year

by The SOAR Foundation
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Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
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Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
Fund 1000 Scholarships in Rural China for a Year
A SOAR Student's Home
A SOAR Student's Home

Dear SOAR Foundation donors, 

On behalf of all SOAR students and volunteers, we want to sincere thank you for your continuous support! 

Twenty-five years ago, SOAR Foundation was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area by a group of people who cared deeply about education in China. As you might be aware, our scholarships have improved and, in some cases changed the thousands of lives of the recipients and their families, thus may also have positively impacted the Chinese society as well.

At the end of 2019, an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. On Jan 30, 2020,The World Health Organization has declared a Global Emergency. As of now, the virus continues to expand.

Since Jan 23, 2020, Chinese authorities have shut down transit going in and out of Wuhan, and many more other cities may also follow suite, to contain the coronavirus outbreak. And further shut down many other cities/towns/villages, etc. The stop of agriculture and industrial productions due to the COVID-19 virus have already slowed down the global economy and the US may be no exception.

As the economy slows down, poor students’ families will become even more impoverished. For example, on average one SOAR student’s annual family income is about 10k RMB (about $1,400 USD). A SOAR student from Danjiangkou, Hubei wrote in her thank you letter,”our family have five people: my grandparents are in their 80s, weak and can’t walk due to aging, my dad is handicaped, only my uncle who’s almost 60 and suffers from spinal disc herniation works and supports the entire family. I was worried I couldn’t finish high school due to the huge financial burden on my family. Thanks to SOAR, the scholarship I received saved me from dropping out of school. Unfortunately, my uncle works in a factory, but due to the COVID-19 virus, the factory has been closed until further notifications.”    

SOAR Scholarship nominator Dr. Tang left her 10-month-old baby daughter to relatives and volunteered to Hubei province to support the combat of COVID-19.

At this critical moment, every penny of the SOAR scholarship is the key to change their lives. All your kind and warm above and beyond support is largely appreciated. We plead for your generosity in making extra donations to join the SOAR Foundation in participating in help to fight against the virus, by providing financials means to Wuhan, to China, and to the brave caretakers in the first line of defense.

Thank you!

Very Truly Yours,

Dawn Luo, Fundrasing Committee Chair

SOAR Scholarship Nominator and her baby girl
SOAR Scholarship Nominator and her baby girl
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Dear SOAR Donors:

Hope all is well with you!

For the past three years, your donation has helped to lessen my family’s financial burden, giving me time to focus on my studies. I just want to thank you for all that you have done for us.

Time flies! Three years passed in a blink of an eye. Over the past years, I experienced life-changing events, such as my college entrance exam. Looking back, I realize that I have tasted the bitterness of failure, hesitation and tears many times. But the thought of my mom’s gray hair, grandma’s frail features, little brother’s angelic face, and your love and expectation always gives me strength and keeps me going. I know I must always do my best no matter how hard it is, as I am now the pillar supporting my family with the passing of my dad.  

Although the journey toward higher education is full of obstacles, I have always believed that diligence and persistence will lead to success! I may have gone through many dark moments, but the love and kindness from you shine through the darkness and fill me with the confidence to overcome any fear and adversity I may face. The donation from you not only helps me financially, but also motivates me spiritually.

I decided to become a teacher, my way to pay back my teachers and school for the education they provided with me.  I was thrilled to learn that I was admitted by Jiaozuo Normal University. My major is elementary school education. I am determined to devote myself to a career in education, as I believe that would allow me to pass to others the love I was blessed with. With regard to high school education in rural areas, I believe the facilities in those schools should be improved. For example, the dormitories are not equipped with air conditioners or fans, which make it hard for students to get quality sleep in summer when it is very hot and humid.   Furthermore, the lack of qualified teachers remains an issue in many schools. If teachers’ wages are increased, more people will want to become a teacher, and the quality of education in those areas will improve eventually.

I will keep working hard to improve my knowledge and skills and to adjust to new environment. The future is bright, and I will embrace every day with smile on my face.

Thank you again for your help!

Wish you a very warm and happy holiday seasona nd a bright New Year ahead! 

YH, a SOAR Scholarship Recipient

December, 2019

 

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Dear grandpas, grandmas, uncles and aunties of the SOAR Family, 

Hope you are all doing well! I remembered last time I chat with grandpa Zhou, how is he now? 

I graduated from Huangping National Middle School in Guizhou Province, sorry i don’t remember my ID :( Now I’m a freshman at Tsinghua University, majoring in Engineering Physics. Back in the summer vacation time, I wanted to write to you and share the exciting news. But I couldn’t find your mailing address. It took me a long time to find this email. My sincere apology for the delay in replying to the previous email from SOAR regarding my status quo, goals for new semester and the scholarship application.

Thanks a million for your help, support and awarded the SOAR Scholarship during my past three years in highschool. SOAR helped me to find the solutions to many difficult problems in my life. I still remember all the details when you visited our school for the first time. It was just like yesterday. I felt very excited to meet you all as a group of SOAR volunteers travelled across the pacific ocean and mountains in China to visit us -- poor rural mountainous area students. Seriously, your kindness was totally out of my expectations. I was worried that you would get sick in our harsh weather conditions. Our teachers told us many of you actually got sick after returning to the United States, which made me feel upset and hope you recovered immediately. 

Poor as I am, I know that learning is the only way to change my fate and my family’s situation. Now I can’t live for my own good. At Tsinghua University, I will study hard and guarantee will not fail your expectations. I hope I will thrive in the future and help other SOAR students just like you helped me. 

All in all, as a SOAR student, I greatly appreciate the care and support from SOAR family in my three years of highschool life. :)

I wish you good health and all the best!

Liangliang

SOAR Student

     

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Date: May 20th, 2019

 

Dear Ms. X., my most respected teacher:

 

How are you? First of all, I would like to wish you and your family good health and overall wellbeing. I am very grateful for us to be reconnected.

 

From 1996 to 2006, through the eight long years, you have guided me from junior high school, through senior high school and then college, with broad love from SOAR. I can never, for the life of me, forget such love and care; it has also deeply affected the direction of my life. Let my incalculable gratitude transform into a blessing for you: a long-lasting healthy life!

 

During the time of your mentoring, you reminded me of the option of returning home to seek employment, and to participate in the work of constructing my homeland after I have finished college. After I graduated from college in 2007, I did return to Sichuan province, and worked at Panzhihua city. It has been ten years since, how fast has time passed!

 

Starting from the most elementary position, through a lot of street struggle, I have risen through the ranks, and become a principal of an enterprise. I also have a happy and blessed family.

 

In the meantime, I have devoted a lot of time and energy, within my ability, to China’s countryside education and anti-poverty programs, all based on the SOAR tradition of broad love. I have kept in touch and have had great exchanges with SOAR’s volunteers and numerous SOAR graduates younger than me.

 

SOAR motivated me yesterday, SOAR is my pride today, and I shall follow the SOAR path tomorrow. As the first group of graduates supported by SOAR scholarships, I will not forget my original goal, will work hard, and will not fail to meet the expectations of SOAR, namely, seeking betterment of myself and my team, and, by team work with other SOAR graduates, carry on the baton of the SOAR spirit. I will always remember Ms.Siu Huang’s advise of doing a super job on my daily undertakings, and always keeping love and public interests in my mind. 

 

During the recent years, the Panzhihua city is promoting to become a location of sunshine health and rejuvenation. In the winter time the average temperature here is around 22 degree Celsius, very suitable for the old and the young. You and your family are highly welcome to visit, and you will become the most honored guests of our family!

 

Lastly, wishing you good health and happiness!

 

My Deepest Regards,

 

Your student,

Stone

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Dear SOAR Donors:

I hope all is well with you. My name is Ker, a senior at Zhejiang University, School of Administration. I am very grateful for the SOAR scholarship, which has helped me tremendously. This is the third year I received the scholarship, so SOAR has accompanied me through my college life. I am thankful for SOAR’s assistance and your generous donations.

I realized from a very young age that compared to other families, my family faced more severe financial challenges. Both of my parents are farmers. Although they toiled in the field every day from dawn to dusk, our financial situation didn’t seem to improve.   Being young and not understanding the hardship, I used to feel sad and embarrassed for having to wear my sisters’ hand-me-down cloths. Sometimes, I even threw temper tantrums over that, without noticing the helplessness and exhaustion in my parent’s eyes.   It was not until I passed the rebellious age and left home for school that I started to gradually realize how difficult it was for my parents. It was also during that time that I stopped feeling sorry for myself and realized the importance of study. I may never be equal to other in terms of material possessions, but I can be equal to or even better than others in terms of spiritual pursuit. Although my parents only have elementary school education, they have always been supportive of my education and always tried their best to create opportunities for my academic endeavors.

With persistent effort and support from my teachers and peers, I was admitted by Zhejiang University. However, my parents’ divorce threw us in a deeper financial crisis. It took much effort for my mom to come up with the tuition for my freshman year, and she was facing the prospect of supporting my college education all by herself. It was at that time that I came across SOAR. For the first time in my life, I realized that besides my parents and school, there are other people who care about me and are willing to help me. SOAR provided me with not just the scholarship, but more importantly care and encouragement. Every conversation I have with the SOAR volunteers makes me feel like SOAR is not a cold and indifferent organization, but a place full of love and care that I am proud to be part of.

Time flies. I’m going to graduate this year, which means I’ve come to a new turning point of my life. Looking back at the past three and half years, I had been feeling sorry for myself for a period of time and didn’t dare to take any actions, but eventually I was able to overcome my fears and move forward. Although my grade was disappointing when I first entered the university, I always believed that my efforts would pay off, as shown by the gradual improvement of my grades.   I used to be very self-conscious, quiet, and fearful of public speaking, but now I can express myself in front of others with confidence. I’m proud of myself for such changes. In order to help my mom with our financial situation and gain social and working experience, I worked as a campus representative, student assistant and private tutor. I also worked as summer intern in corporations during summer breaks. I still remember how excited I was when I received my first salary. It made me realize that every penny comes from hard work, and all the hard work deserve to be respected and valued. Last year, I participated in the entrance exam for graduate school. It was not an easy decision to make. My mom was getting old, but still needed to work hard to support me.   I wished to find a job so that she would no longer need to work and could go home to rest.  But on the other hand, I didn’t want to give up the opportunity to further my education. While I was debating, my mom helped me make up my mind. She firmly supported my decision to go to graduate school and said she would do her best to help me. I felt so relieved after I finished the exam. For me, finding a job or going to graduate school are both good options. I believe there are different paths in life, and no matter which path we choose, our journey will be rewarding as long as we always give our best effort.

I feel very lucky to be able to get into my dream university, to have the support of my family, and to be able to receive SOAR’s scholarship over the past few years. I know that there are many other hard-working students who are not able to get college education because of the social-economical constraint in their local areas. In my hometown, for example, many people are not as lucky as I am. My goal is to pass along the faith and spirit of SOAR. In the future, I wish to make my share of contributions to this organization.   When I first received the SOAR scholarship, I realized that it was not merely a token of kindness, but a call for a future duty to bring hope to others, however small that would be.   As a college student, I shouldn’t make it my goal to achieve my own happiness or satisfy my own wishes. Instead, I should take full advantage of the available resources to study hard and make myself useful to our country and society. I think this is the best way I can pay back your kindness.

Thank you again for your help. I deeply cherish SOAR’s spirit, and will endeavor to spread it. I wish good health to your all, and a better future to SOAR.

 

Sincerely yours,

Ker

February 23, 2019

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