Greg Stotelmyer asked Kasey Towles and I to do a follow up Kentucky Back Roads program about our trip. You can see us talking about our pictures and experiences in China on Lexington's ABC Channel 36 or Channel 10 on cable.
The program will be on the local news Thursday, July 28th at 6 pm or Sunday night the 31st at 11 pm. After the 31st, you can see the feature online at WTVQ.Comby making a search for Kentucky Backroads. Anyone can see it online - even if you are not in Kentucky.
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We had a very successful Health Assistant Workshop in Longfu. Eighteen village doctors and health assistants participated with many others dropping in for special sessions. Janet Gross was our lead teacher, assisted by Blessing Hands intern, Leanna Gilliam.
Letters the students read on the last day showed their gratitude and respect for Janet Gross. Janet came from Africa without any pause to teach the class to the eager students. She is a Ph.D. trained nurse with cross cultural experience. She will be in Haiti next.
Janet Gross with Liushan Village (六山村) Health Assistant, Meng Jinzhi 蒙金志 .
Younger Health Assistants included four women.
Most pictures in the newsletter will take you to a photo site of more pictures if you click them.
See a video of the workshop at this link.
Health Assistant Workshop in Longfu Township
Doctors at the Longfu Hospital were glad to receive supplies
Doctors Receive Medical Supplies
Many items were donated from the US and carried in by our group and others from Morehead State University who visited Nanning in June.
TV Interview with
Mandy Ma Translating
Hard work by our team and donations from St. Claire Medical Center, Rowan County Health Department, People's Clinic, Jeff Fannin, Long Ridge Baptist Fellowship, and others were much appreciated by hospital and village doctors. Health assistants trained in our recent workshop in Guangxi Province received backpacks of supplies to carry back to their villages.
Kasey Towles gave gifts to children everywhere she went.
Kasey Towles and her son John Randall Towles have a special reason to love the kids of China. Their family adopted daughter Jubilee there six years ago. They sang at schools and hugged kids for three weeks. John Randall bought a guitar to assist in the performances. He was a perfect traveler, never complaining and always helpful to everyone.
Leanna Gilliam had never been abroad before and had many new experiences. She hiked up to the Ling Wang School with the group from Lexington Chinese Christian Fellowship.
Hong Lin and her family came from Lexington to see the children that their Vacation Bible School supports with extra food. She brought two friends, who are researchers with doctor's degrees, Dr. Zunji Ke and Dr. Siying Wang, who also brought his daughter.
Dr. Zunji Ke, of the Shanghai Chinese Academy, helped give out items to 11 single parent students
韦森宝 Wei Senbao with Hong Lin's Family
Dr. Siying Wang, Anhui Medical School in China, (center)
Janet Gross Preparing to Teach
Leanna Gilliam and a special friend at Ling Wang School
Kasey and John Randall Towles Singing at Gaotian National School
China Volunteers and Staff
Pan Lan, translator of local dialects
We could never have done so much without the aid of great volunteer translators and our staff members there. Pan Lan, Shi Huaping, Yaya Luo and many others helped translate.
Mandy Ma with Long Wang Primary School Water Purifier
Mandy Ma is the Blessing Hands director in Longfu, and was very effective as translator, coordinator, and tour guide. She arranged for local officials to meet us and cleared the way for the installation of a water purifier at Long Wang Primary School.
Yaya Luo gave out toothbrushes at Liushan Primary
Yaya Luo, our director in Yangshuo, helped us for the whole trip, even taking three of us to Guizhou Province to visit her family and begin a tuition program for Buyi students from her old high school.
Mr. Liang, Health Inspector of Du'an County, helped install the water purifier at Long Wang Primary School.
This newsletter is only about our Health Assistant Workshop, water purifier, and school support projects in Longfu Township. We will tell about our experiences in Yangshuo, Qinzhou, and An Long in other newsletters. We also interviewed college scholarship applicants, so we will be talking about our trip for several more newsletters.
Ling Wang Primary kids received gifts and milk.
I wish I could take you all along to see what your support is doing in China. Just today, I checked on all our business donation jars, which accumulated $50 to feed primary kids while I was in China. Seeing the kids get that food is something I wish all of you could do.
You can support our programs with donations at this link.
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.