Sunday, December 07, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Missy Meets Her Special Student
The last places we visited in China were the Yangshuo and Guilin areas. Missy Peace was really excited on our first day visiting schools. She sponsors a child at Jinbao Middle School, and she came all the way from the USA to see her student, Wan Luoyu. I don't know which one was the most excited.
It was an unforgettable time. I got to see students and match them to their letters and pictures. We gave them small gifts, and they showered us with folded cranes and stars and other homemade gifts and drawings.
Alvin Luk graciously volunteered to translate for us as we went from school to school. He works for another American charity that gives support to children in Yangshuo schools, so he visited some of his charges also to give shoes and backpacks. It would be impossible to tell about all the schools we visited, but you can see the pictures at the links below named by schools.
Library Books Given to Primary Schools
Our students who have gone to college are writing about their experiences. Mo Chunyan sent a letter about her volunteer activities. Charmaine is her English name. We ask them to do three hours of volunteer time a semester, but she has gone far beyond that at being a blessing hand to the children at Xi An Children's Village.
She is one of the students who only received $250 from sponsors and still needs another $250 to complete her $500 scholarship. If you would like to help her, you can used the Google Checkout Link on this blog.
How is everything? I am Chunyan, and you can call me Charmaine too. I am a college student who has graduated from Qinzhou No.1 Middle School. I’d like to share my college life with you now.
I went to Xi An Children’s Village last Saturday. We had a two hour trip starting at 7:00 a.m. When we arrived it is 9:00 a.m. As soon as we came into the small garden of the village, I was amazed by the children.
Before we set out on the trip, I knew that all the children's parents are criminals. Some children's parents committed a capital crime and were executed. I thought they must be very pessimistic, I felt sad when I heard the news. But, as I reached the village, I found I was wrong! Every child gave us a big smile! That made us feel very warm.
I was happy to see that the children lived happy lives there. We bought many candies and other little things for them. After visiting the places around, we handed out our gifts to them. They told us that they were taken good care of by their"loving mothers”. Their smiling faces showed that they were happy. I was moved by them, and I was moved by the kind teachers."Good bye Sisters!" They said, "Goodbye my sisters and brothers! “Goodbye!" I said in my heart with tears on my face.
I blessed every one of them. I am sure they will live more happy lives in the future.
Scholarship Still Needed
Another student, Lois Li, did not get any scholarship sponsor, but she has enrolled anyway and still needs money to pay the school. She has written again requesting help. She wanted to major in the medical field, but she has had to major in elecronics and computer studies. That was what the school offered.
Her tuition is higher than other colleges ($1027), but that often happens when students can't get into the state universities. Please help her with a $500 scholarship.
Now my father have not a jab to earn money, so I need your hand to help me go through the diffcuty. My mother is hurting heart trouble and my grandfather cannot do anything. What is more, my grand-grandmother is 90. I am studying in Guilin University of Teachnolege. My tuition is
I hope that someone will help Lois. If you can only give part of the scholarship, that will still make a big difference to her. You can give by credit card with the Google Checkout button, or send a check to us at Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351
Thursday, October 30, 2008
They were still grieving over her death in the flood last spring. Her grandmother told me how Lufei went to buy pencils near the creek. Lufei loved school and was a very good student her grandmother said. She was excited about going to school the next day and needed pencils.
Her father and grandmother live with Lufei's uncle. Lufei's mother left home when she was an infant, so her grandmother raised her and was very close to her. She cried through almost our entire visit.
Her father was able to meet us also, and I gave them gifts. The best gift was the $547 donated by KYCAA and our donors. The family really appreciated the gift and seemed to need it. They gave us some delicious tangerines that the hotel made into juice for our breakfast.
Saturday, October 18, 2008