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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Three Scholarships needed.

Three Yangshuo Scholarship Left!
Scholarship applicants from Yangshuo High School.
Scholarship applicants from Yangshuo High School.  
All of them have scholarship now but three. 
Hoping to Fulfill Students' Dreams?
Wei Yunlan
Wei Yunlan has several small sponsors but she still lack $445.
Help Wei Yunlan 
Study International Business!

22 students applied for new university or college scholarships this year. We have found sponsors for all but four of them. Now we are turning to you for help again. Three of them have part sponsorships but need more to make up their full scholarship.  Wei Yunlan is one of these. 

Yunlan comes from a farming family of six members, including her grandparents. Her younger brother died this year after a long life of struggle against disabilities. Here are her own words from her scholarship essay. 

I have graduated from high school and want to go for more training. I always abided by the school's discipline and chose to have a moral character. I passed the examination to go to a third level college, but the tuition fee is so expensive that I can't afford it. I decided to give up college and go to vocational training school to study international business. 

There were seven people in our family but my little brother had very bad health and died in January of this year. My family is very sad. Now my grandparents, parents, younger sister and me are the only ones left in the family.

My family has always worked on the land for generations. My grandmother always does work at home and breeds chickens or pigs. My grandfather is a cleaning worker. My parents cultivate the land or do short-term hired labor for others. My sister is ten and studies in grade school. My family's income is little. 

I want to continue my study in vocational school but the tuition is expensive. I have to seek help to pay for it. I will try hard to study. My good results will be returned to my parents and society. 

Best Wishes, 
Wei Yunlan 

Give any amount at this link for her tuition.  She still needs $445 USD.
Donate   Give $445 through Paypal with you debit card. 

Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.

Give a dream. 
Wei Yunlan
Wei Yunlan
Qin Zhangmei
Qin Zhangmei (Helen)
will study medicine
 for 3 years.
Will Helen Go to College? 

It's up to you to determine if Helen (Qin Zhangmei) will go to Guangxi College of Chinese Medicine for three years to study to be a doctor. She says she wants to help more people with her medical training. She needs a co-sponsor to match the funds of her long time sponsor.  Her own words are pasted here.  She wrote them in English for several pages. 
My Chinese name is Qin Zhangmei, and my English name is Helen. I'm a girl with long hair and 158 cm tall. I was born in a small but beautiful village in 1992. I belong to the nation of Han people. I like sports such as basketball and volleyball. If I have free time, I often listen to music. My English is just "so so". I plan to study it for myself over the summer. while I am working at a restaurant. I also plan to spend some time learning classical music to make my life more colorful. 
During high school I learned how to do well by myself and how to be kind to other people. I was very happy, because I had many classmates and friends.  I worked hard in my studies and got good results. My family was proud of me when I got many prizes in lower middle school. 
I would appreciate your help because my family is poor and doesn't have enough to pay for me to go to college. Without Blessing Hands' help, I would not have finished high school. I thank them for letting me have a very happy time in school. I want to go to college to learn more knowledge and improve myself. I also can change my family and make my family have a good life. I also want to do my best to let more people have a good life in the future. 
My mother is a deaf mute. She can not make a living by herself. My father has to do the work in the family. My brother is in the army and has no time at home to help. 
I know my ability is not the best, but I believe after hard work I can do well and be worth something to myself. I will overcome my short comings. 
My father said, " If you want to change yourself, you must do well in everything and learn more knowledge. Go to college so you can learn many things to make your life more colorful. If you only have more knowledge, you can change your life and reduce my shoulder burden. When that day comes, I will be proud of you."  I still remember my father's words. 
If I can go to college, I plan to work during the holidays to earn money to reduce my father's shoulder burden. I am writing this letter in hopes that I will get a scholarship and reduce my families' shoulder burden. If I get a scholarship, I will use it wisely and not spend it on unimportant things. I will use it for the most worthwhile things. Please consider my application for a scholarship. 
You can give any amount to Helen at this link. 
Donate Give $325 (half a scholarship) to Qin Zhangmei

You can send a check to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.

 Help her expand her reach and help others. 
Qin Zhongmei
Qin Zhangmei
Li Haiyan will study gardening technology.
Li Haiyan (Lucy) will study gardening technology.
Invest in Lucy 's life.

Li Haiyan (Lucy) has a disabled brother who requires a lot of care. She has been accepted into a 3 year program to learn gardening technology.  She needs a co-sponsor to help her with her tuition . We are asking $650 for her. Perhaps co-sponsors will get together to help her. Below is her essay saying why she needs a scholarship.

My name is Li Haiyan. I will enter the university to continue my education. I really want to apply for this scholarship. 

First my family life is very difficult with no economic source from my mother. She is burdened with the care of my disabled brother. He is unable to do anything and can not take care of himself. He can not do housework or help do other things. My mother spends her days to take care of my brother. 

My grandfather is 80 years old, and his body is weak. Sometimes he is sick. My father works away from home, and we don't see him for years at a time. It was my mother who raised the whole family. 

I will accept whatever major a college offers me, because I can't afford to repeat my senior year and make a better national score. It will give my family a headache. 

I will be grateful if you will give me this opportunity.

Best wishes, 

Give half a scholarship of $325 to Li Haiyan. 

Invest in Haiyan's life and help a whole family. Give any amount at this 
Li Haiyan
Li Haiyan will study gardening technology. 

Blessing Hands is a 501 (c)(3) Public Charity
Your gifts are tax deductible in the USA. 
Our motto is to help people who will help themselves and others. These three girls are definitely in need and understand how others need help too. They need to give their tuitions to their schools soon. Please help them help themselves and their families. 


Betty Cutts - Founder and Director 
Blessing Hands
106 Timber Lane
Morehead, KY 40351

Friday, August 09, 2013

Volunteers are a Blessing

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Blessing Hands Volunteers in China
East Oldham Middle School's Water purifier team
Summer 2013
Helping people help themselves and others 
Volunteers Were Blessing Hands this Summer

     I was really pleased with all that was accomplished this summer by volunteers. Our team traveled from Hong Kong almost into Tibet to visit places where we have projects and children. Many Chinese and American friends and volunteers stepped forward to help us help children. Our motto is "Helping people help themselves and others".  I want to share the stories of these volunteers.  

East Oldham Water Purifier Team right to left: Jim Ross, Dennis Mangum, Tim Kelly, and  Josh McCurdy.
Water Purifier Team

    The blessings began with East Oldham Middle School, which sent four of their staff members to install water purifiers in Yangshuo primary schools.  The East Oldham students and staff raised $14,500 for three purifiers, three water tanks, plumbing tools, the water team's airfare and other project related expenses. The Yangshuo Education Department provided meals, transportation, and local expertise to help the water team working in Yangshuo schools.
    Blessing hands supporters contributed four more purifiers and tanks for the Buyi minority areas in Guizhou Province, where the East Oldham team also helped with installations. 

    Mr. Jian Gao, the owner of a construction company in Kunming, volunteered his
construction team to assist the American water purifier team in the Buyi areas.  He also provided transportation, piping and other fittings for the four Buyi schools and will help two more schools have pure water when we have more water purifiers donated. Mr. Gao said he never had so much fun or was so tired. He personally worked with the American team to put in purifiers.
Fuming Primary Students enjoy a drink of pure water. Click on pictures
 to see more pictures.
   Yaya Luo, our administrator who is Buyi herself, helped with interpretation and logistics in the Buyi schools. Christina Zhang, one of our American volunteers and daughter of our vice president, came with Mr. Gao, who is a childhood friend of her father. It was great to hear a Kentucky accent and work with Christina. She sponsored a cupcake fundraiser a year ago to finance one of the water purifiers. She also interpreted for us when we interviewed Anlong Blessing Hands students applying for college scholarships. 

      You can give a water purifier to a primary School. Just click on the donate button and give $627 for the water purifier itself. Mr. Gao says he will supply the tanks, transportation, labor, and fittings for two more water purifiers. 

You can see more pictures at this link. 

 Donate $627 for a water purifier for a Buyi minority school.
Mingyong and her mother received fall school aid.
Mingyong and her mother received fall school aid. Click to see more pictures. 
Ten New Students
Fumin Primary School
    In the Dewo Township of Guizhou Province, we gave Fumin Primary School a new water purifier and added ten new Buyi students to sponsor. They are mostly from single parent families. Most Buyi students do not go beyond middle school. We also visited Anlong where we gave Tuitions to twelve Buyi high school students and interviewed five students applying for college scholarships. 
Donate Give $180 to sponsor a Buyi high school student for a year.  
Donate Give $42 a semester to a primary Buyi student for school aid. 
Donate Give a $500 scholarship to a Buyi college scholarship student.  
You can also give by selecting your donation amount at this link. 
It saves the processing fee if you send a check to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.
Zhou Jinchao
Zhou Jinchao "Joe" translator 
Translators Volunteered 
    We had the help of many Chinese translators and friends as volunteers. In Yangshuo, Jingchao Zhou, a former student at Morehead State University, joined our team at the airport and patiently translated for three days.  His translation assistance as priceless especially when we visited two high schools where we support students and interviewed students applying for college scholarships.  

     Tammy Wenji Hu, a UK student volunteer, came during her summer vacation to help the Yangshuo water purifier installations. We really needed her ability to translate in the Guilin dialect. Malan Cai, a MSU alumnus, expertly translated for an official dinner in Yangshuo. Angela Xiong traveled with us for twenty days, translating all the way. Matthew Liu drove his own car at his own expense to help us visit students in Guizhou, Yunnan, and Guangxi Provinces. 
Sponsor one of these Children for $42 a semester.
Sponsor one of these children. The girls already have a sponsor. Click on pictures to see more. 
New Primary Children  
Fujing  Primary School

  Shao Tongchong, a former visiting scholar at our local university, arranged for Blessing Hands to support twelve new students at Fujing Primary School in her husband's hometown area. She has volunteered to give the students their school aid each time and monitor them. You can see pictures of these new kids and their school on Pinterest at this link.
Donate $42 supports a Fujing student for a semester.  
Shangri-la students
Shangri-la students. Click on photo to see more.
Shangri-La High School Students
     In Shangri-la, we visited with the Kozo family, who monitor our students there. We met the five Tibetan high school students we have been sponsoring for a year. I saw my first yak and tasted Tibetan tea.  All of these students are sponsored.
Click on the photo to see more pictures of this area. 

Mingen and her Grandmother
Mingen and her Grandmother -
Click to see more pictures.
New Sponsored Students 
Kunming in Yunnan

     In Kunming in Yunnan Province, we visited with the Xu family, who has agreed to administer a program for disadvantaged city students. They are starting a family counseling center to help families who have various handicaps. I look forward to working closely with them to identify children in crisis in various Kunming schools. It is the first time we will be sponsoring students outside of a school setting.

 Give $42 to support a child in Kunming for a semester. 
Eddy Wu gave out  art supplies
Eddy Wu gave out art supplies. Click the picture to see more.
Ling Wang Primary School
Wei Senbao's School

      In the Du'an area, we visited Ling Wang Primary School to give out toys, candy and art supplies to the fifty students at the small one-room school we have adopted. This project is supported by the cash jars placed in our local Chinese restaurants and vacation school offerings. Eddy Wu, a sponsor from Hong Kong, joined us for the last part of our trip.

Ling Wang Children with toys
Ling Wang Children 
got new toys.
Ling Wang is the home village of Wei Senbao.  We were hosted for lunch by the gracious Wei extended family. With the help of Blessing Hands, Wei Senbao has received three operations to correct a birth defect in his lymphatic system. For now, he has finished his treatment for a cystic lymphangioma, a congenital malformation of the lymphatic system. He will need another operation when he is about twelve. 
Peipei attended the dinner in Qinzhou. She is studying to be a teacher.
Peipei attended the scholarship dinner in Qinzhou. She is studying to be a teacher. Click to see more.
Qinzhou High School Program and
Scholarship Dinners

    In Qinzhou City in Guangxi Province, we visited the sixty Blessing Hands students at No.1 Middle School. Anna Liu, a former visiting scholar in Morehead, administers our tuition program for 160 high school students in several area schools. We also interviewed students applying for college scholarships and had lovely dinners for our scholarship students and alumni in the Qinzhou and Nanning areas.
 Click pictures to see more. 

Many Qinzhou No.1 High School students were able to meet with us for a party.
Many Qinzhou No.1 High School students were able to
 meet with us for a party.
Teaching Hooky Pokey to the Qinzhou students at our party
Teaching Hokey Pokey to the Qinzhou students was fun. See more pictures by clicking.

    What a blessing all these volunteers were, but I was
Items collected by our student were given in the Ling Wang Village.
Items collected by our student were given away.
most blessed by one of our own scholarship students who gathered items to give away from her graduating classmates. When our own students become blessing hands to others, we have come full circle to fulfill our vision.
If you want to know more about Blessing Hands go to our website at this link or call 606 207 4785.

Donations can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351.


Betty Cutts
Blessing Hands
Blessing Hands is a US public charity. Your donations are fully tax deductible in the USA. 
Our tax EIN number is 20-4794276.