It is very rewarding to get letters from our college students and see their progress. I want to share Cherry's (Chen Yanfang) last letter. It shows how our students are giving to others what they once received. I am delighted to see them reaching out to help others. Cherry is in the Mathematics and Computer program at Guangxi Teacher's College in Nanning, China. She is from a rural area of Yangshuo County, China. She saw herself in the children that she helped through her volunteer work.
Blessings, Betty Cutts
The Experience of a Volunteer
My life during the first semester of my sophomore year in Guangxi Teachers College was quite colorful. I've gained a lot of experiences in my personal life and achieved great success on my courses through my hard work.
Under the leadership of the Departmental Student Association, we went to the Fensi Elementary School in a small town called ShiKa to practice the activity of "Serving the countryside". The town was located in a mountainous rural area. We packed all our necessities with great excitement and arrived at the destination finally by bus. We came to realize how simple the classrooms are and how eager the kids want to learn. All this made us more determined to bring them hope for tomorrow. We also received a warm welcome from the school's teachers. We not only taught kids knowledge from the textbooks, but also played with them. We sang and danced for them on our first day there, and then played games with them and taught them new songs. We helped them during their night time studies. We taught them math, Chinese and the English language word by word. Unlike some spoiled kids in cities, these kids paid great attention to what we taught. Although their life in the rural area was quite harsh, the kid's desire to learn was very strong. They reminded me of my childhood and brought back the feelings I had when I was in elementary school. We were so close that I felt I was a part of them.
I had a great time and learned a lot during our stay. I was reluctant to leave. Although the life there was a little harsh, I enjoyed it and gained a lot experiences. When the time finally came, and we had to say goodbye, we sang together with tears in our eyes. They asked, "When will you be back?" We replied "We will be back. Please study hard and get good scores!". We hugged and waved good-bye finally.
It was full of good memories and joyful laughter inside the bus on the way home. I personally received great experiences, and I told myself to study hard and be a good teacher in the future. I want to be a role model for these kids. 义工资料 大二的上学期我在广西师范学院丰富的度过了，在这个学期里我通过自己的努力，在生活上得到很多生活阅历，在学习上，刻苦努力，也得到了不少的成就。在系里面学生会的领导下，我们去了石卡镇风思小学，即我们所谓的"三下乡"活动。去为山区的孩子做义务教育，我们带着行李拿好我们该拿的东西，带着兴奋而又带着希望随着车慢慢开往目的地。 到那里才知道孩子们的简陋的教室和孩子们那求知的目光，让我们更有信心为他们的明天带去希望，老师更是热烈的欢迎我们，与他们在一起的每一天都在学习，在教室里在教室外，我们都围绕着中心给他们知识，教他们学习生活，学习，娱乐。我们第一天为他们表演了唱歌，跳舞，做一些互动游戏，跟着我们的步伐，他们也跟着唱歌跟着学，我们晚上在那里住宿，我们还帮助他们学习，学习数学，语文，英语，我们一个字一个词的教，他们学得很认真，集中注意力，不像大城市里的孩子那样娇生惯养，也许是大山村里的孩子又苦的精神，求知欲更高强，看着他们那求知劲，我深刻体会到当时我读小学时那种感觉，却是那样的真切，那么又感觉，似乎我已经和他们融入一体了。 几天来我都是这样欢乐的过来，收获很多，看到这一群可爱的孩子，真有点舍不得他们，虽然生活有点苦，可苦中作乐，一切都值得了。回来的那天，我们一样的依依不舍，大家都在唱歌，他们哭了，还说："哥哥姐姐，你们什么时候再来啊，我们都想你回来看我们"。我们说"一定会回来看你们的，只要你们好好学习，考出好成绩"。走了，我们拥抱着，挥着手，上了车，一路上只有回忆和笑容，我们收获了很多，并告诉自己，我一定要努力学习，以后要做一个好老师，为孩子们做榜样。
Morehead Silent Auction
We invite our Morehead friends to our Lufei Children's Fund Silent Auction at US Bank this week. The items will be on sale from 9 to 4 in the lobby of the bank all this week until 3:30 on Friday. The student paintings from Yangshuo are also for sale in bins. Come and get a good buy while helping our students with their educational needs.
A New Way to Give to the Students Two friends of Blessing Hands' kids have indicated they wanted to give more into the general fund for students who don't have sponsors. Many of our high school students still don't have sponsors.
If you would like to give but don't want to be a sponsor, we would love to accommodate you. Sometimes it is just too much of a commitment to be a sponsor, but you don't mind to give to a general fund, or as one person said, the sponsorship is so little money, and we can afford to give more.
A way to do this is to set up a automatic bill pay through your bank account. Money would be sent periodically to Blessing Hands without you having to write a check monthly or quarterly. The bank would write the check and send it out to us with no fuss or bother. Just ask your bank to include Blessing Hands in your monthly bills or start an automatic bill pay especially for us. You just give our name and address (Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351) and how much you want to give every month or quarter. The bank does the rest usually without a charge. You can also just send us a check whenever you want for the general fund. We always need funds for our kids and would expand to include more students if the funds were there. Times are hard right now for many people and in China too. We had to delay sending a wire this time until more funds came in for the spring semester in Yangshuo. We don't want to have to shrink our program next year. We always want to expand and help more kids.
These two girls, Wu Yanming and Gan Shuifeng, at Jiulong Lower Middle School are supported from our general fund since they don't have sponsors.
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.