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Lisa Needs a Scholarship to Study
Lisa wants to study tourism in a three year college. Since Yangshuo is a tourist destination for people from many nations, she should have no trouble getting a tourist job close to home. The strange rocks and hills there are admired for their beauty. She took the photo below on her beautiful high school campus.
Liao Xiaoling (Lisa)
My name is Liao Xiaoling. My family has five people. They are my mother, father, two sisters and me. I am from a far and poor mountain village. My parents are farmers.
My home has little land and fruit trees. In order to give my two sisters and me a chance to go to school, they work hard every day, but they still can't pay for our tuition. Our relatives are not rich, but they know my family is poor. They deliver some food and some money to us.
Photo taken by Lisa at the
When we studied in middle school, my parents had to borrow much money from our relatives and our parents' friend, because my family is too poor. So my two sisters had to leave school to repay the money to others. In order to let me go to high school, my parents borrowed more money. They have been ill starting from two years ago. My father's leg has a disease. It is serious. He had to have an operation, which cost us much money. My mother's eyes are not good. She sometimes can't clearly see people and things. Her eyes need much money to become well, but our home is poor, so we can't help her eyes.
By the time I graduated from high school, my parents had borrowed nearly 20,000 yuan ($2,985 USA) from others. My parents hope I can go to college, and I also want to go to college. It is my dream. I like
Liao Xiaoling (Lisa)
studying and want to learn more knowledge. I want to learn how to become a useful person in college. Although my family is poor, I hope to have a chance to go to college and have my dream come true.
When students in China are not accepted into the college of their choice they sometimes decide to go back and study another year to get a better grade and qualify for a better college. Aizhen is one of those determined students, who would not give up. She returned to high school twice looking for the best situation and grades to fulfill her dreams. Now she has been accepted.
He Aizhen 何爱珍
I am He Aizhen who comes from Qinzhou No.1 Middle School. I have been a Blessing Hands student since 2005. Blessing Hands gives me big hands to continue my study, which inspires me all the time. Whenever and wherever I go, I always remember all applications that I receive, and I do try my best to help others around me.
I hope to enter the university to continue my study, but the tuition in the university is much more than middle school. What is more, my family is poor, so I need your support to continue my study in a university. As a matter of fact, I have been a senior 3 student for three years. I once felt tired and lost my heart to head for a bright future .When I came back to my poor house and saw my aged father, I knew I had no reason to say "No" to my study.
Knowledge is power. Strong people never give in to difficulties, right?
I know, I am not the most cleaver student, but I do know, as long as I study hard, I will become better. Though I have to spend more time and energies than others, at least, I have enough courage to face the fact that I might not be admitted to an ideal college or a key university. Betty said: "Though your dream will come true later than others, you can use your determination to create your bright future!" I live in a poor family. My mother died when I was nine years old. I have two sisters. My father is a farmer whose age is more than sixty. The family`s income is too limited to support my study, so I really need some help. Without your help, my father cannot afford to send me to a university.
I am poor, but I never suspect that everything will not come out bright. What is more, I do believe that I can help others who are in troubles through my hands one day. Just as Blessings Hands teaches me " Be thankful for everything. Pass on love"! Don`t abandon life. Don't give up. I hope everyone can have dreams come true and create a wonderful future!
My family has five people. My entire family work as farmers and depend on my parents. I have an older sister who goes to college. Her school expenses take 6000 yuan ($896 USD) every year. Every month the living expenses add up. We need more and more money. Each time school starts, we must borrow money in all directions.
My parents' health is not good. They cannot do heavy labor. I also will have to go to college now and also need money for many school expenses. I want to study. Therefore, I hope I can obtain your help to pull through.
Photo taken at the Photo Workshop
Candy wants to study for a degree in hotel management. That will serve her well in Yangshuo where tourist come from all nations to see the beautiful, strange mountains.
Liang Lianyu (Alice) has finally gotten her full scholarship. She can go to nursing school with a peaceful mind now. She has 4 sponsors. If you want to share a college scholarship with another sponsor let us know.
The 8 Blessing Hands students who have found sponsors are headed off to college about now. Some, like these girls, are still hoping you will help them and their families. It is really hard for girls in Asian cultures. They often are over looked for education, jobs, and life in favor of their brothers or other boys. They try very hard to succeed. Won't you help them? They are just as talented and have just as much drive as boys. Help them help themselves.
These students have been accepted into three year colleges, which are more expensive than other colleges, because they do not receive money from the government.
Even with loans they need help to pay for their complete tuition. Li Duanyan wants to be an accountant. She thinks she will find a job easier with this training
Jimmy is interested in learning about auto mechanics. They need $500 USD scholarships to help them enter college. I will let them explain in their own words.
Thanks for reading and caring about our students.
Betty Cutts for Blessing Hands.
My Family is Really Poor.
I am Li Duanyan.
Li Duanyan (Laura)
I live in a remote village. My mother was diagnosed with split of spirit disease in 2005. In an effort to treat mother, we not only sold all our our beasts, but also ran out of our whole savings and borrowed plenty of money from relatives and friends. So we became needy and need to pay heavy debts.
It's difficult in agriculture for we have no tools and money. Furthermore our land is so scanty, and we have hardly any money-making trees. Sometimes natural disasters lead to bad harvests, and father is the only one working. The earnings of one year are meager.
Mother felt terrible again five months ago. After a series of treatments, finally she was diagnosed with asthma. The split of spirit disease hasn't been cured, but the asthma came! Mother is very weak all the time, so she needs to take medicine to treat the diseases.
What is worse my brother is studying in high school and needs tuition, and my grandma is over 80 years old. Thanks to relatives, friends, schools, teachers, and the charity of others who helped me, I was able to finish my studies in high school. They are my forever benefactors.
After I graduated from school, I started to do odd jobs to earn money to pay for my tuition. I hope hat I can ease my father's burden. My family is really poor, so I am eager to apply for a Blessing Hands college aid application.
Rice Field Photograph
by Li Duanyan
Liu Duanyan (Laura)
You can give Laura any amount of scholarshp money by sending a check to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber lane, Morehead, KY 40351 or clicking on thisgiving link.
Hello, my name is Jimmy. The man who has made up his mind will never say
"impossible". I want to enter higher school.
My father supports my education dreams,but
only my father supports the family by growing corn and fruit trees.
My mother and grandmother are sick and take medicine. My grandmother has only one eye, but she can cook for the family. My mother was in a car accident and has trouble with her heart. Their treatment increases the expenses of our family, and we still owe others much money.
It is hard for my family to provide the money that I need to be in college. I want to be an auto mechanic. I like cars and am interested in the mechanics of automobiles.
I need a scholarship to make my studies smooth, so I can become a more useful person and ease the burden of my family.
Yhao Cuilan 赵翠兰 graduated from the best high school in Yangshuo and wants to major in Tourism, the main industry in Yangshuo. She especially needs a $500 scholarship since three year colleges are subsidized by the government and cost a lot more tuition. I am a high school graduate ready to enter the doors of a college but my family can't support me because of their financial limitations. I wish to obtain your help.
There are six people in my family. My grandmother is old and weak. She has lost her ability to work and is often sickly. Some money has been set aside for her medical needs. I have a younger brother attending school. His weekly expenses are at least 50 yuan ($7.50 USD). My mother thinks and moves slow since she has ha some brain illness since childhood. Dad is the only worker in my home to sustain my and my brother's expenses in school. We have only 1.1 measures of land. We planted fruit and orange trees, but the harvest is not good in recent years. Since the price is low, our income has decreased even more. Since we don't have rice fields, we have to purchase the rice we eat.
I like to study, and college will give me a good chance. We don't have enough money to let me go to the university, so I hope you can give me a little help.
Click on this image to see photo workshop selected pictures.
She took this photo at the photos workshop.
Alice Liang Lianyu 梁连玉
Alice Liang Lianyu
Alice wants to be a nurse. She has always wanted to be in the medical field.
She already has $200 in sponsorships from a tour group that enjoyed her company this summer and were impressed with her ability and personality. She just needs $300 more to go to college. Her essay is below.
I come from a little village. Our village has many poor families. I wish I can go to college and change my lie. I dream I can become a nurse and help the others. My parents are both farmers. My family just grows rice for a living, so I have no money to pay heavy tuition. Their lifeblood depends on rice planting, and their income is very limited. My grandmother is very old, and she sometimes needs to take medicine. My grandfather died in 2008, using up all the family's savings.
So I need help. I want to gain more knowledge and understand society through attending college. Knowledge changes one's fate. My parents work hard hoping that my younger sister and I can enter a good school and attain a good life. When I find a good job, I will repay my parents and also help those who, like me, want to study and have no financial means.
Liang Lianyu took these photos at the photo workshop. Click on the above photo to see more.
Help for Wei Senbao and his Village
Wei' Village School
Laura White reports that another $1000 has come in for Wei Senbao's medical care. A wonderful article was written about Laura and her funding raising project in the Trail Blazer, the newspaper of her college.
The school in Wei's village will soon be getting a $200 library in honor of Mike Cleveland, a donor who works for UOP, a Honeywell Company doing business in China. This rural Yao school will get many new Chinese picture books and a bookcase.
The Vacation Bible School at Lexington Chinese Christian
Church collected $150 to give to the school for school lunches. Now the kids will get some meat or eggs occasionally. Our health assistant at Liuzhan is the son of the village school teacher, so he will know exactly how to administer the food program. The average monthly income is $9 so $150 will go a long way. Many of the children do not have meat but once a month. Research shows that China's rural children's scores rise significantly when they are given an egg a day. Too many are anemic.
If you want to adopt a school's lunch program, let us know.Food is a basic need.
106 Timber Lane
Morehead, Kentucky 40351
219 232 8887
Li Zhaochun here.
Li Zhaochun (Lee)
The first time I saw Lee he came to his school to meet me during a summer break. He and his grandfather traveled an hour on the bus after walking for an hour. He gave me some fruit from his family's trees. He was in lower middle school then. I was impressed by his determination and modest manner.
Since his father had died and his little brother would need money to start first grade, he almost didn't go to high school. His mother wanted him to go to work to support the family. We started sponsoring his little brother, and Lee was able to finish high school.
His teachers gave a good report of him through the years, and this year he has applied to go to a three year college. He wrote me recently that he has been accepted into a auto mechanics college, and was working for the summer in a hotel in Yangshuo. He had hoped to go into medicine, but in China they can't always decide easily for themselves what they study.
He took some great pictures at the photo workshop. I have put them to the left.
Lee's Scholarship Essay
Li Zhaochun this summer
Several years ago my Father passed away because of a deadly disease. In order to cure my Dad, they used all the money up in the family.
Now there are five people in my family including my grandfather, my grandmother, my mother, my younger brother and myself. However, my grandparents are so old and weak, and my younger brother is still studying in primary school. They cannot make money for their daily life, so my mother is the only laborer. She has to bear the pressure that comes from making money to support the whole family.
I really want to go to university for further study because I firmly believe that only knowledge can change the future. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for my family to afford the expensive cost of the university. I look for a strong word with emotion to ask your help.
Send checks to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351
Wei Haitao has gotten half of his scholarship now. Wei Senbao, the little boy with the cyst on his face, has gotten a new $500 donation and even other donations on top of that for his medical treatment.
We are very thankful to all of you generous folks. We have a few students in their second or third year of college who have not had their sponsors respond this year. If you would like to help some of these older scholarship students remain in school, they would appreciate it very much. You can give any amount on this page.
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.