The Medical Van is now paid for with even some extra to put on gas. Dr. Tang is so excited. They are using it now, and it will surely come in handy when we come for the Health Workshop.
The New Van of Longfu Hospital
I was excited myself at Long Ridge Baptist Church recently. Kasey Towles, who is going to China with us, and Pastor Roger Alford, hosted us there. I got to talk about Blessing Hand's projects and kids for the whole service. They were touched by some of my Chinese friends, who also shared.
One lovely man gave his whole recent work bonus. I am going to apply most of it for the drugs that we will have to buy in China for the Health Assistant's Workshop. Now we only need $200 more to cover that workshop expense.
The next expense we face for the Health assistants is their room and board for the 11-day workshop. That expense is estimated by Dr. Tang to be $1,100. That is $5 a day for 20 people. Not expensive, but it adds up. They have to stay in the town, since walking home each day would take hours.
Dorms for primary kids who can't walk home each day.
Three new sponsors have signed up for high school students. We still have 160 older students who need support.
Recently, our board voted to begin to sponsor orphan primary kids at Liushan Primary School. When I was there last summer, one of the teachers kept pushing the orphan kids forward first to get the clothes we were giving out. They wore the oldest clothes.
Each class seemed to have a few orphans. I got her e-mail address, and I have written to ask her to send me the names and information about those orphan children, so we can begin to promote for their extra needs and care.
Orphans often live at the school. The dorms for the kids who have to live at the school (half the students) are in the oldest, darkest part of the school. They don't have pillows or mats, and it is damp and cold with only blankets that they bring from home and take home on weekends. What a difference it would make if we could buy warm coats and blankets for the orphans and give them better food than daily rice.
We are asking $30 a semester for these orphans. In fact the board suggests that all our primary kids
Ms. Wei, who helped the orphans get clothes first
get $30 a semester now instead of $15. We will be asking new donors to give the increased amount.
This is one of the Liushan Primary kids, but I don't know if he is an orphan. I have pictures of all the kids, so I only need Ms. Wei to tell me which ones we need to support.
We have a new treasurer and board member, Cindy Mai. She is an English teacher from Guilin, China, who is getting a Master's degree at our local college. She has helped us for a year with translation and advice, so it was natural to ask her to be on the board.
In the picture she is collecting money from the Blessing Hands donation jar at China Cafe. Leslie Yang watches over the cash collection for us. Leslie often puts her own tips into the jar, so kids in China can have lunches. It is people like Leslie and Cindy who make it a pleasure to help our Chinese students.
We had all but $1,500 of the money needed for the medical van for Longfu Hospital, so in faith we gave the necessary money to Dr. Tang to buy the van now. The new van is getting heavy use already. Dr.Tang will not waste two hours walking to help a patient.
Please help us finish paying for the van. If 15 people gave $100, it would be covered. I told them to buy it, but now we need to replace that money in our budget.
Thanks to the Rhead family and their coworkers the kids at Linwang Kindergarten have new outdoor equipment, including a ping-pong table. Most schools in China have ping-pong tables, but this remote school didn't.
This is the same school that has received extra food money collected from jars placed in two businesses in Morehead. $300 has been collected since August. Lexington Chinese Christian Church also collected $150 for the school. Hong Lin's family from LCCC will be visiting this school in June to meet the kids they have been helping. They will be hiking 5 hours round trip to reach the school, which is in remote mountains.
Longfu Health Assistant Workshop
Outdoor Clinic at Longfu Hospital
Plans are progressing for our Health Workshop in Longfu this June. Five of us will be going on the 21 day trip and others will join us in China. The dates are June18- July 8th if you want to join us.
Donations of medical equipment have been offered both here and in China. Kasey Towles, who is going to Longfu with us along with her teenage son John Randall, is helping to secure some of the items needed for the health assistant's medical backpacks. She is appealing to her church and friends.
I will share about the health workshop at her family's church, Long Ridge Baptist Church, Sunday evening at 6:30 PM on March 27th. If you live near Owenton, KY, you are invited to come hear the presentation.
A Kentucky druggist offered to order some medical supplies for the health assistant's medical packs. He hopes to go to China someday too.
A family from Guilin, China has also offered medical equipment for the hospital and health workshop. They have items left from several clinics they closed 10 years ago in China. We hope to get some surgical instruments and a sterilizer.
We still need funds to buy drugs that can't be taken through Chinese customs. Drugs are much cheaper in China. We will need to spend at least $500 for drugs for the workshop. If you can give for this purpose, go to this link.
Give a Water Purifier to a Primary School
We have a Mandarin translator, but we are still hoping to find a Yao translator who knows English to help at the Health Assistant Workshop.
We want to take at least one more water purifier to the remote Yao primary schools. Please give a purifier for $1,000. Hepatitis A and many other water borne diseases could be avoided. Dr. Tang tells us that 20% to 30% of the illnesses they see at Longfu Hospital are related to impure water.
We want to highlight our participation in the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, which is using some of our photos on theirwebsite. This organization encourages Kentucky nonprofits and is sponsored by the University of Kentucky.
We have also recently qualified to be listed with the Kentucky organization Good Giving. Over 102 Kentucky nonprofits approved by this community foundation have committed to transparency, accountability, and best practices. We have completed a Good Giving portrait.This site tells you everything you ever wanted to know about Blessing Hands. You can view ourlatest Annual Report and our latest990IRS form to see how we spend your donations.
Our management expenses are only 8.24%. We can do this because most of our management is part time or volunteers. Feel free to contact us with any questions. We can be reached at our Universal Google Talk phone number 219 232 8887.
These Yangshuo high school students need sponsors. $80 a semester is all they need.
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.