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Monday, January 04, 2016

The Good Giving Challenge was Successful

The Good Giving Challenge is Finished
The Good Giving Challenge 
was Successful!
Blessing Hands received a $5,000 endowment award from the Blue Grass Community Foundation for raising $10,000 in the three last days of the Challenge. 

We also exceeded our goal of $13,000 to buy classroom computers for the Du'an Special Education School. $15,282 was given to us from 38 unique donors making us 12th in rank for all 100 nonprofits. The most "unique" donor was the children's group at Lexington Chinese Christian Church which gave $270.  We were fourth in rank for all the small nonprofits in money given. 

Money given off line for the computers was $1,178 making the grand total $16,460. The extra money will go to our general fund that sponsors students without sponsors. 

This girl will learn computer skills as well as Braille.

This girl will learn computer skills 
as well as braille.

We also received off line an unexpected $5,000 grant from the Founding Family Charitable Foundation with the comment that it could be spent anyway needed. It was this foundation that gave us our first grant to start the Qinzhou program in 2006. They actually stimulated us to become an official nonprofit with the US Government, so I call them the midwife of Blessing Hands. It was great to hear from them unexpectedly after 10 years. 

Thanks For Your Support
Kingsley - A Scholarship student thanks Blessing Hands
A scholarship student gives thanks 
Phillip Oney with the two girls he sponsors at Lin Wang School
Phillip Oney & the two girls they sponsor at Lin Wang School
Lin Wang School

Phillip Oney and his wife Xiaomin visited Lin Wang School in Du'an this December. They sponsor two girls at the school, but they took presents and books collected by Xiaomin's family for all the kids at the school. 
Click on pictures to see more
photos for each article & pictures of Wei Senbao at Lin Wang.
Anlong Students got new coats and pants.
Anlong students got new coats and pants.
Anlong Students Receive New Clothes

The 12 students we sponsor in Anlong recently received clothes in their sizes. Many of them need sponsors, who will give $190 a year in support.  
These students need sponsors._who will give _190 a year for their tuition.
These students need sponsors. who will give $190 a year for their tuition.
to receive
more information about

 $190 to sponsor an Anlong Student for one year. 

Fumin Students 2015 -2016
Fumin Primary Students 

We have been helping Fumin Primary School for several years. The children there are from the Buyi minority.  We recently got their picture for this school year.  The 11 students shown here with their parents all have sponsors. 

Founder and Director_ Betty Cutts

We at Blessing Hands thank you for all of your support for our students through the years. 
Betty Cutts, Founder and Director

Checks can be sent to Blessing Hands, 106 Timber Lane, Morehead, KY 40351 
Phone: 606 207 4785|Email: bdcutts@blessing-hands.org  
Website: www.Blessing-hands.org

Happy New Year

Partnership with Shanghai United International School

We have great news. The Shanghai United International School has chosen Blessing Hands to be their charity to support and partner with for the coming year. They will encourage their students to do partner projects with our students and emphasize volunteerism. They have an annual Christmas bazaar and concert to raise money for their chosen charity and also have a charity 5K run during the year. Their Christmas activities this year raised 40,000 yuan ($6,289USD). Use this website link.  The children themselves are encouraged to decide how the money they raise will be used. 
We gave 18 computers to Du'an Special Education school last spring. They need 24 more so every classroom can have three computers.
 Good Giving Guide Challenge 

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has picked 100 bluegrass area charities to assist in raising money for their special projects. The charities that raise the most money with the most donors by December 31st, have a chance of winning $5,000 awards for their endowment funds at the Blue Grass Community Foundation. Our project is to raise $13,000 for classroom computers for the Du'an Special Education School. We have raised $4,150 from 32 donors. We are 13 in a field where one is the highest and 38 small charities are listed. They have different categories for small and large charities, so we have a chance to get an award. Give with a card. It is easy on your cell phone. Our giving page is here

Our high school students in Guizhou received their new clothes recently.
Clothes Given to High School Students

Our high school students are getting 3 pairs of pants and a jacket each. Mr. Chen, who sells cars in Qinzhou, was able to get new, high-quality clothing that was donated by the maker. We plan to share them with our students in Yangshuo, Guizhou and Gansu. It gets cold in Southern China, so they have come just in time for winter cold. There are no small sizes, however, for younger kids.  They were asked to give their sizes, so each student's clothes would fit. 
Chen Jiqing
Betty Cutts and Chen Jiqing
Report of College Scholarships 

We have 66 college and university students in our scholarship program now. Chen Jiqing has been a Blessing Hands student for 10 years. She was in the third grade in Yangshuo when she first received help. Now she is a freshman student studying at the Medical College of Guilin. She is determined to be a doctor, perhaps because her parents are both sick and unable to work.  Two sponsors make her $650 scholarship possible.
Water purifier 
Year's Report of Water Purifiers

We have done so much this year. Five primary schools in Yangshuo have new water purifiers - thanks to the water purifier team from East Oldham Middle School. The tanks, pipes, faucets and all labor was given in kind by the East Oldham Middle School and the Gao family from Kunming. These volunteers worked together as a team of west meeting east. Eddy Wu came from Hong Kong to help and learn. He is applying for a Chinese patent with no intention to make money on his purifier. China needs pure water and his expertise is a perfect match..
Matthew Liu talking to Qinzhou high school students.
Student Report

Most of our students are in high school. Matthew Liu, one of our board members, enjoys meeting them each summer. We have about 191 high school students presently in Qinzhou, Yangshuo, and Du'an in Guangxi province, and more in Guizhou and Gansu Provinces. We have volunteer administrators in all these areas. That is why our management costs this year are 5% and 95% goes for programs.

Our 107 primary and 19 lower middle school students are in four different provinces and represent Yao, Miao, Buyi, and Zhuang minorities as well as Han majority students. Most of our students are from single parent or disabled families. They are chosen by their schools and principals through an application process. Sponsorship is the core of our charity.Write us to receive a special
child that needs you as their sponsor. 

Financial Report

Our wonderful donors gave $130,350 during the 2014-2015 school year. We spent $118,430 on programs serving students, their families and schools. We had a surplus of $6,378 to start the new 2015-16 school year. 
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Blessings to You and Yours in 
This New Year

All of us at Blessing Hands  want to thank you for your loyalty, and
support in 2015. We hope to see you give again in 2016! 

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Morehead, KY 40351