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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Qu Lingzhu's Operation is Successful

I have just received very good news. Someone has contacted me recently to tell me that Qu Lingzhu, one of our primary school Blessing Hands students that we have been trying to get medical help, has had an operation sponsored by a Chinese/American artist from San Francisco. A fund raising effort for her operation on Chinese television in San Francisco had some results. It was this same person who stood with Qu Lingzhu during the operation that Blessing Hands paid for in February 2006, but she moved from Yangshuo, and I did not know that she was still keeping in contact with Lingzhu and like me was still trying to get her help. This is where my lack of knowing Chinese gives me a handicap.

The operation was a success, and Lingzhu should be fine, except she will need another operation when she is 18. It is always good to know that a child has been helped, and I knew that you all would want to know the good news. Blessing Hands did not really have anything to do with this blessing, but what great New Year's news it is.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Welcome a New Board Member

Dr. James (Xiao Long) Li has recently joined our Blessing Hands Board of Directors. Since Dr. Li is a teacher in Industrial Engineering and Technology at Morehead State University, he brings to the board a broad knowledge of computer science and distance learning technology. Xiao Long is from the Zhejiang Province of China, and he and his wife, Duojia Zhu, grew up in rural China. They moved to Morehead in the spring of 2006. They are expecting a baby girl soon. He has been very helpful in translating our material into simplified Chinese and advising us on Chinese culture.

Abby Kenney Gives $100 to Blessing Hands

Abigail Kenney from Girl Scout Troop 552 recently won $300 in the Charity Scavenger Hunt sponsored by Rowan Review. Abigail also earned a Girl Scout “Our Community” badge by completing the charity feats over fourteen days. Best of all she gave $100 of her winnings to Blessing Hands. Thanks so much Abby!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

We Have Selected a Blessing Hands Intern.

Megan Mraz, daughter of Chuck and Joni Mraz of Morehead, has been selected as Blessing Hands’ Morehead State University intern for the summer and fall of 2007. Megan is a junior at MSU majoring in Elementary Education. She is interested in photography, art, theatre, science, languages, reading, tutoring, and being with people. All these hobbies and abilities will serve Megan well when she travels to Yangshuo, China for two and one half weeks next summer to represent Blessing Hands.

Megan will be visiting schools and meeting the children that Blessing Hands supports in Yangshuo. She will also meet the college students that Blessing Hands pays tuition for at Guangxi Normal University. Megan will be participating in a service project, living with a Chinese family, and perhaps teach an English class or two.

When Megan returns to the USA, she will advocate for the Blessing Hands students on the MSU campus and assist Blessing Hands with various projects and duties as a fall intern. She will be getting a grade for her service under the supervision of the Morehead State University School of Education and Blessing Hands.

A fund to help pay for Megan’s summer travel expenses has been established at the MSU Foundation, and supporters are encouraged to make tax deductible contributions by mailing their donations to the Blessing Hands Internship Fund at the MSU Foundation, Palmer Development House, Morehead, Ky 40351.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Blessing Hands is Selecting a Summer/Fall Intern

Blessing Hands has recently created a Blessing Hands Internship in cooperation with Morehead State University. The intern will be selected through an application and interview process to be completed in December, 2006. The internship will include a two and a half summer trip to Yangshuo, China where they will stay with a Chinese family and interact with Blessing Hands students and teachers. We expect class credit to be a part of this internship through the MSU Department of Education.

In the fall semester the intern will advocate for the needs of Blessing Hands children on the campus of Morehead State University and assist Blessing Hands with computer records, pen pal and sponsorship records, PowerPoint presentations, website maintenance, and fund raising depending on their special abilities. Blessing Hands has already funded $500 toward this internship and is in the process of raising more money for the intern’s travel expenses. You can contribute to this intern fund by sending a check or money order to the Blessing Hands Internship, MSU Foundation, Palmer Development House, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY 40351