Lingshan No. 2 High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
Dasi High School in the Qinzhou Prefecture of Guangxi Province
1. Good news! The government of China is now offering high school tuitions to students living below the Chinese poverty level and paying other supplements up to 2500 yuan ($363) for especially poor students of any age who qualify. In the same way that we continued to help our lower middle school students when the government began to offer free public education until age fifteen in 2007, we don’t want to abandon our high school students now.
Most of our teacher volunteers in the schools think that their students still need help with extras like resource books, transportation, food, and school clothes. As long as the volunteers are willing to do the paperwork, we will be willing to offer sponsorships. This increased educational help from the government extends to scholarships to college, so that may taper off applications from new scholarship students.
As I read the letters of needs written by the students applying this year, I had to agree that they still needed our help. So we will continue to sponsor students whose volunteer administrators think they need our help. We will also be on the alert to find new projects that will be welcomed by the students and schools.
Three Longfu Primary Schools Receive Gifts
We give playground equipment, art supplies, exercise books, resource books, and other school supplies to three small Yao primary schools in the Longfu Township of Du'an. We just got pictures from Dr. Dai, our volunteer there. We also give them all shoes in the winter semester. Money for this comes from the cash jars we place in Chinese restaurants, so put in your change.
A online Tencent donation page for this school was generously supplied by Amity Foundation. Many of you gave small amounts, but it only raised about a fourth of the funds we needed for the computer program. Alex Wang will be able to continue his distance learning classes in computers for blind students, but we did not raise money for all the computers we wanted to give the school. If you want to give a computer, let us know. It would be about $500 per computer.
We have ten new special education kids who need to be sponsored in addition to the 10 we already support.They have various handicaps but can learn.Message uswhich one you want.
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It makes it all worthwhile when Luo Hongyi writes a letter like the one below.
Thank you for your help in the last few years. I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Blessing Hands.
Time is passing quickly. I will graduate in June next year. With your help, I will succeed in finishing my university. It was fortunate for me to meet you, and you have given me a lot of warmth and love, which made me happy to finish college like other students. Thousands of words cannot express my gratitude to you. I think I will find opportunities to be a teacher after graduation, and I will exhaust my ability to bring help and warmth to others.
Four years in college, I live a full life every day, studying hard, using spare time to do family education, sometimes going to volunteer activities. I am very happy. Every vacation, I did a part-time job. I think I am very brave. I bravely go to a strange place, I bravely go to make friends with strangers, and I bravely go to earn my own living expenses. I am proud of myself.
Betty, you have always been my driving force. I remember that year you came to see us at our school. You gave me a big hug. I felt very warm and very moved. I love you.
In short, I will always remember your love for me, and I will be able to do something meaningful like you in the future.
Blessing Hands is pleased to announce that we have hired an Assistant Director in China. Michelle Tian is a graduate of James Cook University, Singapore Campus. She will start work on May 1st and travel with our team in China in June.
Michelle feels strongly that she wants to teach and help children. She was active in youth work in Singapore and wants to continue to work with our students especially in our summer camps.
Michelle enjoyed working with special education people in Singapore.
Her translation skills have already come in very handy. She did oral translation as a volunter in Singapore. We really enjoyed the quick translation she did while she was interviewing with our board.
She is our first full- time employee. Now that we are official in China, we are ready to grow. An enthusiastic person willing to deal with the paperwork required for the benefit of our students and volunteers is a great blessing. Her vision for her life compliments the values of Blessing Hands - to be a giver and not a receiver.
She will oversee 5 projects in Guangxi and 8 more in four other provinces. She will get to see those projects for the first time while she travels with our team during the months of June and early July.
Michelle grew up in Yunnan Province in China, but she is willing to move to Guangxi Province where Blessing Hands is registered with the Education Department as an official Foreign NGO. She will be near our Nanning City friends and supporters and our home office in China.
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.