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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Letter from a Student

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 Recently we got this letter and volunteer report from Li Dongyu, one of our Blessing Hands students. It so moved me that I asked him if I could use it for a newsletter. He agreed, so here it is with his own Chinese words and translation (with a few corrections in English from me). 

我在培训的地方拍的。在这里我学到了很多东西,我爱这个地方。 My training place. I learned a lot here. I love this place.
我在培训的地方拍的。在这里我学到了很多东西,我爱这个地方。 My training place. I learned a lot here. I love this place.
Dear Blessing hands:

你好!How are you!


I am a college senior next term. Time flies. I remember the first time to wrote to you, when I was in junior high school, and now it has been nearly eight years. At that time I did not use a computer, when I wrote to you. I used a pencil to write on the letterhead of the school with the teacher's encouragement. I was very curious, separated by vast oceans, whether you received my letter. In fact you did receive it. For eight years you have received my letters. For eight years you have given me help, let my academics progress, and let me have more opportunities to see and understand the world. Thank you very much.


 I have one last year to graduate from the university. I want to work in software development because this is my profession. I hope I will write software that can help people improve the efficiency of their work or bring life fun. You are my role model, I want to do like the works of Blessing Hands. 

这是我在学校的时候拍的照片,那时是2014年4月。School photograph in April 2014.

Now I'm in Nanning for training. I want to be a software engineer. Now I feel more and more close to my ideal. I learned a lot here. My classmates and I are going to develop a management system for a hospital. To achieve today's achievement is inseparable from your help. Thank you very much for your help. I'm looking forward to one day being able like you to help others.


We are going to develop a system to facilitate the hospital information management of the patient. The patient can get better treatment, making the doctor's work easier. I thought if I could make the system, it would be very meaningful.

 Volunteer Activities


 My classmate, Mo Su-fang, goes to Liuzhou Children's Welfare Home each semester to volunteer. After she told me about the orphanage children, I decided go with her to care for the welfare of the children on the weekend.


The Liuzhou child welfare address is No. 66 Air Silver Road. It's one hour from our school to there by bus. My classmates and I bought some small gifts for the children on this past Saturday. There were all kinds of pens, notebooks, and some snacks. When we first arrived, the children were afraid of us, because usually strangers come to see them. We gave gifts to each child. After they finished the games, the kids began to like us. Time passed very happily. Some children sang and danced for us or recited some poetry. I was very grateful for their performances. At noon when we ate together, my classmates and I were careful to feed the children rice. Some of them are disabled children, who cannot feed themselves. The meal we ate was happy.


Time was soon gone, since we had to go back at 4:00 pm. We were very loathe to leave. Because the institution did not allow pictures, we have no pictures.


 A recent volunteering activity I participated in this summer vacation concerned left-behind children. My classmates and I together planned a left-behind children's fundraising activity.

这是我们布置的会场,为留守儿童进行募捐。This is our arrangement of the venue, to raise money for the children left behind.
这是我的同学,他叫周天明,我们正在把气球挂到墙上。This is my classmate. He is called Zhou Tianmin. We were preparing balloons to hang on the wall.
这是我的同学,他叫周天明,我们正在把气球挂到墙上。This is my classmate. He is called Zhou Tianmin. We were preparing balloons to hang on the wall.

These are representatives of the left-behind children who get help. Many children's parents are migrant workers, who see their kids once a year. This is their rehearsal program for poetry readings.

We invited representatives of some of the entrepreneurs and educational institutions. There will be fundraising for the kids in the afternoon.

My classmates and I got to prepare in the morning. Although we did not directly help the children, but I think we did something really meaningful.
Great Nonprofits Award

What a wonderful letter Li Dongyu has written. I am attaching a photo of him when he first came into our program in 2006. This year is our 9th year serving students in China. 
Li  Dongyu at Puyi Middle School in 2006
Li Dongyu at Puyi Middle School in 2006

We get lovely letters like this when students are thanking sponsors. What a joy it is to see them grow up and want to become Blessing Hands. 

Each year Great Nonprofits Top-Rated List of Nonprofits comes out in October. To be listed for 1914, we need 10 positive reviews on our page on their website. Most of our students in China can't give a review on a computer, but you can.  Please take the time to tell people what you think of Blessing Hands - good or bad. 

Help us get a @GreatNonprofits 2014 Top-Rated Award by writing a review of your experience with us! All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It's easy and only takes 3 minutes! 

I will tell you a secret. These reviews encourage our hardworking volunteers to keep it up. Take time to say thank you like Li Dongyu did. Thanks is all the pay we get.  
I thank all you who have helped our Blessing Hands students. We have all of our college  scholarship students funded now thanks to you.

Blessings and thanks, 

Betty Cutts
Blessing Hands