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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

11 Years of Blessings

11 Years of Blessings
In 2005 Mo Renjiao_s grandmother gave me a stool.
In 2005 Mo Renjiao's grandmother gave me a stool.
A Grandmother's Story 

Do you know how Blessing Hands was born in 2005? It started with Mo Renjiao's grandmother. I was teaching in a summer English camp in Yangshuo, China when I asked to visit the families and schools. When we came to Renjiao's home, her grandmother was just coming in from the fields. She was all bent over with hard labor. I looked at her and thought she would never live long enough to see her two fatherless grandchildren grow up. What would happen to the children if
Mo Renjiao_s family in 2005
Mo Renjiao's family in 2005
she died?

I wanted to help her somehow. I did not want to just hand her money and shame this proud, hardworking woman. I looked for something in her house that I could buy. I picked up a small stool like they sold to tourists in Yangshuo. Pleased with my plan, I asked to buy it. She said no. Then she gave it to me. I am moved to tears even now as I remember that moment.  

Mo Renjiao with her grandmother in 2016
Mo Renjiao 莫仁姣 with her grandmother in 2016
That stool sits in my home as a symbol of her great heart that took in two grandchildren to raise at her advanced age. She has lived to 94 and hopes to live to a hundred. She cannot walk unaided now, but you can tell from the pictures that she is lively yet. She is still my friend and equal in charity. 

She has seen her granddaughter go to medical school, and Blessing Hands help over a 1000 other children. I resolved that day to help children like her
She is proud of her granddaughter.
She is proud of her granddaughter.
grandchildren get an education - not by giving pity or "charity" but by giving them a blessing hand and expecting them to become blessing hands to others. We give the gift of education that every Chinese child needs and dreams about. 

We will be participating in the GoodGiving Challenge again this December. It is an online fund raising effort where people all over the world can give. You can help children like the Mo children and take the burden of need off of grandparents' shoulders. Our fundraising goal is $12,450 which will add 30 more high school students to our sponsorship program as totally supported. High school students in China do not get free public education. That stops at 9th grade. 

Look for more information on social media as the GoodGiving Challenge kicks off on November 28th and ends December 31st. I will get back from China on the same day it begins. 
Liang Chunmei
Liang Chunmei梁春梅
College Scholarships
We are giving scholarships to our college students now but some still need funding. Liang Chunmei is in her second year of a 3-year business English degree from Guangxi University of Foreign Languages. Her GPA is 89.56, and she needs a $650 scholarship. 
"I was born in a poor family. My parents are farmers and I have a younger brother in school. My parents work from dawn to night, but they cannot pay my tuition. I must confess that I need your help."
Several other students lack complete scholarships. Please help our students by giving to our scholarship fund or taking a student to sponsor. We will be sponsoring at least 55 college students this year. 
Blue Grass Community foundation.

$4,000 Endowment Gift !

I got a really good surprise recently. A family that has supported our Blessing Hands students for 11 years has given to our Blessing Hands Endowment Fund with the Blue Grass Foundation. They received an Endow Kentucky Tax Credit of 20% of their $4,000 gift. We also received a $5,000 endowment gift as a prize for our performance in the GoodGiving Challenge in December 2015. That gives us $9,000 in endowment giving this year and a total endowment of over $50,000. 

The state legislature is doing this to encourage community foundation giving. Unlike tax deductions, tax credits are taken off a tax bill dollar for dollar. This credit can reduce a donor's Kentucky tax bill to zero. For example, a gift of $4,000 can eliminate a tax liability of $800. This is in addition to the federal and state tax deduction you receive by giving the donation.

Blessing Hands will get income from our fund each year while the principal of the fund continues to grow.  Our endowment fund will insure that Blessing Hands continues to help Chinese students for years to come. 
China, Here We Come!

We have a lot of places to visit during my November trip to China. 

Qinzhou High School Students
Qinzhou High School Students

We will have a tuition gathering in Qinzhou on Sunday the 13th

Computers given to Du_an Special Education School
Computers given to Du'an Special Education School

I will also visit the Du'an area to see the special education school's installation of 40 computers and the small primary schools we give school supplies to each semester. 
School Supplies for Primary Schools in Longfu
School supplies for
schools in Longfu

In Guilin Prefecture I will meet with our students and volunteers and start a new program in Ziyuan County. Then we will go on to Chibi in Hubei Province to start a new high school program. 
Krystal Fan is one of 3 Prefects in charge of fundraising for Blessing Hands.
Krystal Fan is one of 3 prefects in charge of fundraising for Blessing Hands at Shanghai United International School.

Finally, we will visit Shanghai United International School, which is featuring Blessing Hands as their special fund raising project. Last year they raised $9,000 for our students.  Click on the photos to see more pictures. They will help with our GoodGiving Challenge this December. 

I will be leaving for China on November 10 and returning on the 29th. We will have scholarship lunches in Qinzhou - Monday November 14th, Nanning - Tuesday the 15th, Guilin- Sunday the 20th, and Yangshuo -Monday the 21st.

Contact us for the times and places. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Computers at the Du'an Special Education School 
Computers Help Students Learn 
lex Wang with the teacher of the blind at Du_an Special Education School
Alex Wang 王臻 with the teacher of the blind at Du'an Special Education School

Computers Cause Excitement

One of the most exciting times in China was our visit to the Du'an Special Education School. Last year we gave the school 18 computers,and we wanted to see how they were using them. We found that it took them a year to get internet access and set up a computer section in one of the classrooms. The kids were just beginning to learn to type with Chinese characters. Three computers were in the blind classroom. We brought Alex Wang, a blind computer expert, to show what blind people can do with computers and to encourage the blind teacher to use the computers in her lessons.  

Netspring logoWe have plans to get them 40 more refurbished laptop computers through  Netspringworld.com in Beijing. Our goal is to provide a way for the handicapped students to have life skills that might get them a jobs someday.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Blessing Hands is recruiting sponsors for ten 
students at the special education school. 
Pick one out at this link

___ Huang Lingyu
Huang Lingyu 黄羚语 needs a sponsor.
We are starting  a sponsorship program for 10 students at the school that need help paying for their food and board. You can help these student by giving $308 (2000 yuan) a year to sponsor them. You will get their picture and a thank you note from the student. 

___  Tang Yangui needs a sponsor.
 Tang Yangui 唐艳规 needs a sponsor.
 Sponsor a student for a year. $308

Co-sponsor a student for a year. $155

Deaf students
Deaf Students in the computer lab
Deaf Students in the computer lab
Sign language is taught.
Sign language is taught.

Alex Wang王臻 Partners with Blessing Hands

Alex Wang __
Alex Wang王臻
Alex Wang 王臻  has a NGO that helps blind people learn to use computers and become computer programmers. He has a master degree in engineering from a German university. He became blind five years ago from a disease. 

The kids took to the computers eagerly. The teachers were saying they would have to make them work on their homework first. My response was do their homework on the computers.

Alex Wang greets blind students
Alex Wang王臻 greets blind students
Alex traveled on public transportation to visit the blind students and encourage them to be self sufficient and learn to travel independently. The school has canes for the blind students. But the students are afraid to use them. Alex stressed the importance of traveling with a cane and being able to take care of themselves.

We bought them earphones also to help the students learn all in the same room without distractions. 

Wonderful Volunteers always go with us to Du'an. 
Eddy Wu (胡家成) and Alex (王臻) are shown in this video.
 Eddy comes from Hong Kong with candy for the students. 

Many volunteers went to the special education school.

Chen Yuli ___ _ one of graduated students_ volunteered

Chen Yuli,  
one of our alumni students of Blessing Hands, enjoyed giving out candy to the students. The students liked it too. Eddy Wu always brings candy from Hong Kong for the students. Chen Yuli 陈余丽 decided to sponsor a child there. 

Suzi Deng 邓桂东 and Tina Xingyi Tan 谭杏仪 helped with translation. Eddy Wu 胡家成 took pictures.  Kevin Li 荣标 and his wife Tina drove a car and offered to help the school with computer expertise. Wen Jianhua文建华 also drove his car. 

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    Betty Cutts
    Director of Blessing Hands
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