Zhang lives with his 70 year old grandparents, who are weak themselves. His parents are missing.
Another sponsorship program in
Ou's father has been ill this year and the family has had a hard time with bills. She is a
high school student.
We have accepted 10 new students to sponsor in Gansu Province 甘肃省 with the help of volunteer Roy Hu. These students are all ages from primary to high school. Gansu is a poor province in Northwest China where little rain falls. Their sponsorship will vary in cost. They will need 1800 yuan ($290) for primary students, 225 yuan ($366) for middle school student, and 2700 yuan ($435) for high school students per year. We are encouraging monthly payments through your bank's bill pay to make the payments easier.
Hu has a dream to make a difference in the world. He has 2 sisters and a brother. He is a lower middle school student.
Gansu, located in the Northwest is one of the Provinces of China that lacks water and good soil. Earthquakes, droughts and famines affect the area. Mining, oil, and mineral extraction are their main sources of income. The Gobi Desert where China's space program is located is partly in the province. It is among the poorest provinces of China with a per capital income of 12,836 RMB (1,879 USD). 73% of the population is rural.
Guan Xiaofang has her scholarship now. We have 66 college scholarship students this year.
I want to thank all those who have given college scholarship this year. Most students have their full scholarships, but we still have a few whose sponsors have dropped out. Please consider helping the students below.
Guo Lunmin, in red, needs $100 more since she lost one sponsor. This is her last year studying landscaping.
Zeng Qunhui lacks $100. She is studying to be a teacher. This is her junior year.
Qin Guoying had a sponsor who had to drop out this year. You can sponsor her for $300. She is a junior studying law.
You can give for these students at this link on our website or send a check to:
Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351
Our Kroger Plus Card promotion has netted us
$104.19 this quarter
Twenty families are enrolled. When you associate your Kroger card with Blessing Hands as your selected charity, we get 4% every time you shop, and you still get your Kroger points. Use this link to enroll if you are in Kentucky.
My home has four mouths to feed. My grandmother is aging and my father's body is ill. Each operation can't completely clear the gallstones in his body. For two years he has had expensive operations that take him from our family for a long time. He also has to take medication regularly and always has a high fever. He frightened us to death in the middle of the night. It was really terrible. My mother's body is not good either. She picks fruit for a living, but she cannot earn much. She is very diligent to help the family eat.
Since I have graduated from high school and want to go to college my family's pressure has increased. To be honest, I have thought that I would not study but work to make their lives not as hard. It is my parent's heart to send me to school, however. Thank you for helping my family for 10 years. You made our winter family warm.
Mike Writes about Being Chen Jiqing's Sponsor
I was thinking after I emailed you --- what an opportunity for someone like me, with not that much money, to perhaps be instrumental in helping someone become a doctor--- with all that might lead to in the future! I hope she'll be successful... and I can't really promise right now, but I'll tell you now that if I possibly can do it, I would be happy to help Chen Jiqing every time she has a need until she can graduate.
I wish there were some way to persuade more people to contribute to Blessing Hands. I can't imagine being involved in this process and not having the desire to continue. Knowing something of the kids, the schools, their families, makes it so personal that it feels so much better to me than donating to organizations that I'm sure use the money for good purposes---but in a way that leaves me just having to trust that somehow they are using my contribution for the benefit of those who need it --- and sometimes wondering if maybe there is a lot of waste or corruption that is eating up what should be going to those in need. With Blessing Hands, I know where the money goes---and I can have a real sense of how important --- perhaps essential --- even my small contribution is to someone whose life might be forced onto a completely different path without having that opportunity to go on to school and a brighter future.
I'm thrilled that you are there -- for me to have the opportunity to help kids in China who I could never find on my own.
It is sponsors like Mike who have given scholarships to Chen Jialing and Zeng Aihua, who were featured in our last newsletter. It is indeed more fun to give than to receive.
Like Mike, you can change Zhang's life and the lives of many primary students.
Zhang Gongwen in 2006. Now she wants to be a primary teacher.
Betty Cutts with Zhang Gongwen
Gongwen has been one of our students for 10 years. She has worked hard to help herself and others. Please help her finish two years at the Teacher Institute of Guilin Normal College and become a primary teacher. She needs $650 s year. That is just $54 a month with an automatic bill pay from your bank.
Our first three featured students now have scholarship sponsors.
Their dreams have come true. We are featuring two more girls with dreams.
You can give the gift of success!
Chen Jialing Wants to Be an Accountant
She Presents Her own Case in English.
Chen Jialing Presents Her Need. Hear Her Own Words.
Chen Jialing is from Yangshuo High School
Chen Jialing needs your help.
"There are five people in my family. My grandmother is about 79 years old, and she can't work now. My father is a farmer who works day and night to offer me and my sister life. Unfortunately, my mother suffered a traffic accident last year. She is a farmer too. My little sister is only 11 and good at studying.
I have a heart disease and had an operation last summer. It cost too much, and it is difficult for my family to live, but I still love life. It was difficult to study last summer for the college entrance exam because of my operation, but I scored well (498) and want to be an accountant.
I believe that if I can gather help, I could study well, and reward those who help me."
Chen Jialing was given a second chance with the heart operation she had last summer. Now she needs to do something with the life returned to her. Help her to succeed as an accountant.
You can also send checks to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351
Will Zeng Aihua get a Scholarship?
Zeng Aihua Nicknamed Herself Dreaming
Dreaming of Becoming a Doctor or Teacher
"One year ago my father died from a illness and my trouble began. My mother and father were already divorced, and I live now with my 8 year old brother and 83 year old grandmother. She cannot take care of herself, so I have to take care of her at home. We have no income and depend only on government help of 300 yuan every month. It is not enough for life and study. I try my best to make the best use of it. Fortunately, Blessing Hands gave me help to graduate from high school, and I thank you very much.
I made a good score on my college entrance exam, and now I am dreaming of my college life. I am afraid my college dream will be difficult for me complete, but I will never give up. I want to be a doctor. I want to try my best to help others in the future. I would appreciate it if you would give me a hand."
Yours, Zeng Aihua
Aihua (Dreaming) has only her brother and grandmother in her family now. Her father was
Zeng Aihua with Betty Cutts
paralyzed from an accident and was in bed for awhile before he died. They spent a lot of money on his treatment. Her parents divorced last year before his death. She says in her video that they are very, very poor.
Without our help she would not have finished high school. She is a very good student and will work hard to fulfill her dreams. She was accepted by Guangxi Teacher Education University, a four year university in Nanning. She will not be a doctor, but she can be an elementary teacher and still help others. Help her dream of a college education come true.
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.