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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friendship Summer Camp

Anlong Friendship Camp
Anlong Friendship Camp
Volunteers singing at the talent show
Theo sang with volunteers at the talent show
Our team of volunteer teachers and translators had a great experience at Anlong No. 1 High School in Guizhou Province this summer. We were welcomed like movie stars with flowers and lines of clapping students at the entrance gate. Theo, the young red-headed son of our music teacher, was especially celebrated with pictures and requests for autographs. 

Betty Cutts taught students to do a kind act daily.
I taught students to do an act of kindness daily.
Our six key teachers where assisted by seven translators and other volunteers. We taught the regular English classes in the morning for three days and taught the teachers in the afternoons. The last two days we had our own Blessing Hands students in a relaxed fun curriculum. 
Maria Franzini_ Hong Lin_ and Celina Luo tried on traditional Buyi jackets.
Maria Franzini, Hong Lin, and Celina Luo tried on traditional Buyi jackets.
Anlong is a minority area and most of our students there are from the Buyi minority. We got to visit the Buyi hometown of Yaya Luo, our China part time administrator. Yaya was welcomed back to her old high school as a returning hero. She was one of the first Buyi girls in that area to finish college. Now all the girls have raised their expectations to follow her. 

We taught the regular English classes at Anlong High School
We taught the regular English classes.
It was a treat for the students to have real native English speakers teaching their English classes. In Chinese schools, the teachers change classes instead of the students, so they pile up their books on their personal desks. The 50+ students never meet other students since their class moves through the three years of high school in the same room. I sometimes used a microphone to be heard. Each class had a PowerPoint display and blackboard.

We had a fantastic month long trip to China. We will share more we did in later emails. 

Students needing sponsors at Anlong No. 1 High School

While we were in Anlong, we made movies of the students who do not have sponsors to pay for their tuitions of $185 a year. In China students must pay for their high school expenses. You can select one of these students as your very own. 

Give the gift of education by clicking on this PayPal link. 

Huang Ying needs a sponsor.
Huang Ling needs a sponsor.
Chen Youmei needs a sponsor to give her tuition of $185 for her last year in high school
Chen Youmei needs a sponsor to give her tuition of $185 for her last year in high school.

Huang Liugen is from a poor farm family.
Huang Liugen is from a poor farm family.
Huang Ya speaks in English and Chinese.
Huang Ya speaks in English and Chinese.
You can help them fulfill their dreams of finishing high school. undefined

Re-Enroll in Kroger Rewards

We have received $455 from Kroger this year because you have shopped with your Kroger Card and listed Blessing Hands as your Community Rewards choice in Kentucky. Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

How to ENROLL OR RE-ENROLL in Kroger Community Rewards.
  • Go to www.Kroger.com
  • Click the blue Sign In tab at top of the page.
  • Enter your email address and password and click the blue Sign In tab.
  • From the menu, click Community, then Community Rewards.
  • From Community Rewards, click on the Edit or Re-enroll button.
  • Then,
    a.  Find Blessing Hands by keyword search or enter our #75706.
    b.  Select Blessing Hands (Click the button to the left of the words Blessing Hands. )
    c.  Save your selection (Click the Save button to save your selection.)
You can enroll at any time, but everyone has to re-enroll during the month of August. This only works for Blessing Hands in Kentucky because they are community based rewards. If you live in another Kroger State, you can choose another good charity in your area. 

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by the customer.

Support Blessing Hands by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. $16 has been given so far this year.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Mother's Day

Our goal of $2,000 for shoes for the Longfu Students was exceeded. We can buy shoes for 250 students. Thank you generous helpers. 

Happy Mother's Day
We have some lovely children for you to mother if you 
have more love to go around. 
These students are in Gansu Province_ Baiying Prefecture_ Jingyuan County. Only two of them have sponsors. Contact us to sponsor one of them. _

These students are in Gansu Province, Baiying Prefecture, Jingyuan County. Eight of them do not have sponsors. Contact us to sponsor one of them monthly or by the year. 

 Amazon Smile Mother's Day Link 
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th. Remind yourself to shop at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate to Blessing Hands.
Use the link below to see great Mother's Day gift ideas in support of Blessing Hands. Also, copy and share the link in social media so others will give to Blessing Hands.
Thank you for your participation in AmazonSmile. Remember that Amazon Smile works all year around for any purchase on Amazon. 

Longfu Children Receive School Supplies
Longfu Primary children received school supplies
see more pictures if you click on the pictures.

Ping Pong is a favorite sport.

The three primary school we help in Longfu Township in Du'an County of Guangxi Province received their spring supplies from Blessing Hands recently. Ping pong is a favorite sport, so sports equipment included ping pong balls as well as basketballs, badminton rackets, hula hoops, and jump ropes. We collect money by cash jars in Chinese restaurants to support this program. 

While Dr. Dai was visiting the three schools he took foot measurements so all the students can have new shoes for spring thanks to you wonderful sponsors. 
Blessing Hands Anlong student who will be at the camp.

Blessing Hands' Anlong students who will be at the camp
Anlong Summer Camp

We are excited about our Friendship Summer Camp from June 20 through June 25th.  We will be teaching in the regular English classes of Anlong No.1 High School for the first three mornings of the camp. In the afternoons, we will teach the school's English teachers. For the last two days of the camp, we will teach our own Blessing Hands students and 50 students supported by Community Roots China, a NGO located in Shanghai.

We will be sharing about US education, medicine, customs, holidays, music, art, government, and national parks. We have four volunteer American teachers and four volunteer translators. I am looking forward to having more time with our Chinese students and their teachers to share the values of Blessing Hands. 

You can help us by donating just for this camp. 

Thanks and Blessings, 
Betty Cutts, Director of Blessing Hands

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Monday, April 18, 2016

$1,000 Challenge
Great News about the Shoe Campaign. 
A long-time donor saw our newsletter about the Easter Shoes. He said he would give $1,000 if we could find donors to match his gift. I immediately said I would take his challenge. How about it? Will you give to help kids have shoes in Longfu Township. We already have $50 from a facebook donor. Help the kids have new shoes. 

The kids need socks too.

The Lin Wang kids had such old, dirty, ill-fitting
Kids need new shoes
Kids need new shoes
shoes when we visited in 2014. Our volunteers decided on the spot to measure the kids for new shoes and get them to them as soon as
possible. We have been giving shoes there since then.

There are two more schools we want to have shoes this spring.
Sores from  bad fitting shoes
Sores from bad fitting shoes

New shoes in 2015
New shoes in 2015

Thanks and Blessings, 

Betty Cutts
Founder/Director of Blessing Hands

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Easter Shoes

H A P P Y  E A S T E R

Best blessings for a wonderful Easter filled with sweet treats and
the joy of spring.
Blessing Hands
You can make a difference to primary children in Longfu Township by giving $25 for them to have new shoes and school supplies for spring. 

Consider it a Easter gift that will keep on giving as they walk home over rough mountains and rocks.    

The shoes even look like Easter eggs.
The shoes even look like Easter eggs.


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