Chinese New Year is almost here. The Lexington Kentucky Chinese community celebrated January 30th with a Chinese market and show at the Lexington Opera House. My grandchildren came as did many other families.
Volunteers at our table
Blessing Hands was especially blessed to have a table in the Holiday Market before the show. We had three great volunteers from the CIFA (Chinese International Fraternity Alliance) group at the University of Kentucky. They spoke to Chinese who came to our table and went out into the crowd to give out post cards and ask people to come by our table. Thank you very much Qiao (Kenneth) Liang, Ruochun (Rachel) Zhao, and Yankun (Jada) Wang.
The Charles Crouch Family gives Monthly Support
I got to meet supporters and new friends like the Crouch family, who send in a monthly gift to sponsor a student in China.
Sign up to give a monthly gift to sponsor a student in China. $24 for primary, $30 for middle school, $37 for high school or $54 for a college student each month will sponsor them for a year.
Lilian Li from the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky
Lilian Li from the Confucius Institute at the University of Kentucky stopped by to offer her help to our students. Others were interested in volunteering for our summer projects in China. We will have a Friendship Camp in Anlong, Guizhou Province this coming summer from June 21st - 26th. Twenty eight of Anlong's High School's English teachers will participate as volunteers and perhaps students.
Happy Year of the Monkey to you all on February 8th.
Betty Cutts, Founder and Director of Blessing Hands
Blessing Hands received a $5,000 endowment award from the Blue Grass Community Foundation for raising $10,000 in the three last days of the Challenge.
We also exceeded our goal of $13,000 to buy classroom computers for the Du'an Special Education School. $15,282 was given to us from 38 unique donors making us 12th in rank for all 100 nonprofits. The most "unique" donor was the children's group at Lexington Chinese Christian Church which gave $270. We were fourth in rank for all the small nonprofits in money given.
Money given off line for the computers was $1,178 making the grand total $16,460. The extra money will go to our general fund that sponsors students without sponsors.
This girl will learn computer skills
as well as braille.
We also received off line an unexpected $5,000 grant from the Founding Family Charitable Foundation with the comment that it could be spent anyway needed. It was this foundation that gave us our first grant to start the Qinzhou program in 2006. They actually stimulated us to become an official nonprofit with the US Government, so I call them the midwife of Blessing Hands. It was great to hear from them unexpectedly after 10 years.
Thanks For Your Support
A scholarship student gives thanks
Phillip Oney & the two girls they sponsor at Lin Wang School
Lin Wang School
Phillip Oney and his wife Xiaomin visited Lin Wang School in Du'an this December. They sponsor two girls at the school, but they took presents and books collected by Xiaomin's family for all the kids at the school.
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photos for each article & pictures of Wei Senbao at Lin Wang.
Anlong students got new coats and pants.
Anlong Students Receive New Clothes
The 12 students we sponsor in Anlong recently received clothes in their sizes. Many of them need sponsors, who will give $190 a year in support.
These students need sponsors. who will give $190 a year for their tuition.
We have been helping Fumin Primary School for several years. The children there are from the Buyi minority. We recently got their picture for this school year. The 11 students shown here with their parents all have sponsors.
We at Blessing Hands thank you for all of your support for our students through the years.
Betty Cutts, Founder and Director
Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351
Partnership with Shanghai United International School
We have great news. The Shanghai United International School has chosen Blessing Hands to be their charity to support and partner with for the coming year. They will encourage their students to do partner projects with our students and emphasize volunteerism. They have an annual Christmas bazaar and concert to raise money for their chosen charity and also have a charity 5K run during the year. Their Christmas activities this year raised 40,000 yuan ($6,289USD). Use this website link. The children themselves are encouraged to decide how the money they raise will be used.
We gave 18 computers to Du'an Special Education school last spring. They need 24 more so every classroom can have three computers.
Good Giving Guide Challenge
The Blue Grass Community Foundation has picked 100 bluegrass area charities to assist in raising money for their special projects. The charities that raise the most money with the most donors by December 31st, have a chance of winning $5,000 awards for their endowment funds at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Our project is to raise $13,000 for classroom computers for the Du'an Special Education School. We have raised $4,150 from 32 donors. We are 13 in a field where one is the highest and 38 small charities are listed. They have different categories for small and large charities, so we have a chance to get an award. Give with a card. It is easy on your cell phone. Our giving page is here.
Our high school students in Guizhou received their new clothes recently.
Clothes Given to High School Students
Our high school students are getting 3 pairs of pants and a jacket each. Mr. Chen, who sells cars in Qinzhou, was able to get new, high-quality clothing that was donated by the maker. We plan to share them with our students in Yangshuo, Guizhou and Gansu. It gets cold in Southern China, so they have come just in time for winter cold. There are no small sizes, however, for younger kids. They were asked to give their sizes, so each student's clothes would fit.
Betty Cutts and Chen Jiqing
Report of College Scholarships
We have 66 college and university students in our scholarship program now. Chen Jiqing has been a Blessing Hands student for 10 years. She was in the third grade in Yangshuo when she first received help. Now she is a freshman student studying at the Medical College of Guilin. She is determined to be a doctor, perhaps because her parents are both sick and unable to work. Two sponsors make her $650 scholarship possible.
Year's Report of Water Purifiers
We have done so much this year. Five primary schools in Yangshuo have new water purifiers - thanks to the water purifier team from East Oldham Middle School. The tanks, pipes, faucets and all labor was given in kind by the East Oldham Middle School and the Gao family from Kunming. These volunteers worked together as a team of west meeting east. Eddy Wu came from Hong Kong to help and learn. He is applying for a Chinese patent with no intention to make money on his purifier. China needs pure water and his expertise is a perfect match..
Matthew Liu talking to Qinzhou high school students.
Most of our students are in high school. Matthew Liu, one of our board members, enjoys meeting them each summer. We have about 191 high school students presently in Qinzhou, Yangshuo, and Du'an in Guangxi province, and more in Guizhou and Gansu Provinces. We have volunteer administrators in all these areas. That is why our management costs this year are 5% and 95% goes for programs.
Our 107 primary and 19 lower middle school students are in four different provinces and represent Yao, Miao, Buyi, and Zhuang minorities as well as Han majority students. Most of our students are from single parent or disabled families. They are chosen by their schools and principals through an application process. Sponsorship is the core of our charity.Write us to receive a special
child that needs you as their sponsor.
Our wonderful donors gave $130,350 during the 2014-2015 school year. We spent $118,430 on programs serving students, their families and schools. We had a surplus of $6,378 to start the new 2015-16 school year.
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Blessings to You and Yours in
This New Year
All of us at Blessing Hands want to thank you for your loyalty, and
support in 2015. We hope to see you give again in 2016!
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.