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Friday, August 17, 2012

China Report

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Friendship Summer Camp 
First Friendship Camp was Great Sucess
Summer Campers with Betty Cutts
Summer Campers with Betty Cutts
        The combination of fun and service that was the summer Friendship Camp in Yangshuo was outstanding. The scene that I remember the most was the American and Chinese campers dancing for the elderly at an old folks home. The government sent trolleys to pick us up to visit with seniors. The kids sang with them, showed them the dances they had learned and helped them do art.
Trolley Trip

Dancing for Elderly

We had a great group of twenty-six American teachers and Chinese translators and counselors. There were 12 US campers and about 36 Blessing Hands kids.  We owe a big thank you to the Yangshuo Education Department, Yangshuo County Government, Blessing Hands sponsors, and Sister Cities of Morehead for supporting the camp. American kids learned calligraphy and Tai ji while Chinese kids enjoyed American games and crafts. 
Bead Crafts
Bead Crafts

College Scholarship Interviews: Huang Juanxia 

Each summer trip, we interview Blessing Hands students who want to go to college. We are featuring Huang Juanxia as an outstanding student. You can read her own words below.
Huang Juanxia Needs a Scholarship to College to Study International Economics
Huang Juanxia Needs a Scholarship to College to Study International Economics
My Dream 

 I am about to enter Guangxi College of Finance and Economics but my family can't afford the tuition. I wonder if you can help me. My family has three children who need school expenses. I am from a poor country village, so I know I must study hard to go to college.  Going to college is the best way for someone like me who comes from a poor family to change my life, my family's life, and make others have a happy life.  My older brother attends the third grade at college and my little brother attends the fifth grade of primary school.

When I was 10, my father died of cancer in 2004. My dad treated his cancer for many years before he died, so we are in big debt for his medical treatment. We live in the countryside and are a poor family. All income is just from my mother's farm work. These years my mother is suffering from lumbar herniation due to fatigue.

So I hope you can help me get my college degree. I will study hard and do some things to help others in my free time.

Blessing Hands'  purpose is "To give our love to others", so I will study hard, trying my best to help people who are in trouble by paying back society and making the world full of love. Your love makes the world bright and warms my heart. Thank you for your kindness and love that lets me grow healthy. If people need something, I will spare no effort to help them.  I will take the love you give me and around me to make people also be full of love. I will return love to society and put our love everywhere!  With your help, I will make my dream come true.

Thank you very much,  
Huang Juanxia

Our college students need at least $600 to give them a good start their first year of college, and $650 would be even better. This covers most their tuition for a year. We will give them the whole amount that you give and smaller gifts are welcomed too. Several of your friends might want to go together to sponsor a student.

Blessing Hands is a registered 501(3)(c) public charity. Our Tax ID     Number is 20-4794276. Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351. You can also give at this link on her page on our website. 
Kasey Towles and Children
Kasey Towles and Friends
Yao Minority Students

  After the camp we continued on to Du'an County to give five water purifiers to the primary schools there and visit schools we have supported before.  Kasey Towles and her family had collected toys and gifts for primary kids in Longfu County. Kasey had a great time giving out gifts as she always does.

Rubberneckin' T-shirts had given us more than 200 shirts for our kids at both the camp and our other programs. We had the pleasure of giving shirts along with other toys and school supplies to the primary kids at two schools in Longfu Township.
Gifts given
Rubberneckin T-shirts for all the kids at Ling Wang Primary
Gifts given
The Religious Affairs Director, Huang Xiaoyu, helped give gifts.


Village Health Assistant
Village Health Assistants

We got to see health assistants from last year who are putting their knowledge to work to help their villages.
There are also 16 primary single-parent kids there that we sponsor for school supplies and extras needs above tuition.  $30 a semester makes a big difference to them. You can give to these kids at this link. 
 Our one disappointment was the growth in the swelling of the neck of
Wei Senbao
Wei Senbao's Swelling is Worse.
Wei Senbao. Two years ago we had Wei diagnosed in a Beijing hospital with a congenital malformation of the lymphatic gland in his neck. At that time the doctors wanted to wait until he was older to operate. This time I was alarmed to see that the lymphatic fluid is gathering more and his swelling has increased. We are told it is not life threatening, but it still needs correcting.
His Swelling is Larger.

We assured his mother that we had not forgotten about Senbao and money ($3,134) was still set aside for his operation. It is not enough money, however.  We need to raise much more to have him treated in China in a first rate hospital in Shanghai or Beijing. If you would like to help with his medical care or know of doctors willing to give appropriate medical care to him, please contact us.
Scholarship Students
Scholarship Students
Scholarship Dinners in Four Cities

My favorite part of our summer trips are the scholarship suppers we have in various cities in Guangxi. I get to see our past and present college students and take movies of them to send to their sponsors.

They give volunteer reports of how they have been blessing hands to others, passing on the love they have received. I am so proud of them and their growing ability to speak up for others and themselves. Some are teachers themselves now. 
HIV Training
HIV Training
HIV Training

 We also cooperated with the Yangshuo County Government to offer HIV training for their doctors. Dr. Siying Wang volunteered to teach that class and also taught a daily health class at the camp. His daughter was also a volunteer at our camp.
Counselors rejoicing at the end of camp.
Counselors and Translators Celebrate
The End of Camp
Much More News

We are planning a new program in Yunnan and have much to report on our Buyi minority and water purification work, but that will have to wait for another newsletter. 
Thank you all for your support for our students 
and many projects. 

Betty Cutts, 
Director of Blessing Hands