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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friendship Summer Camp

Anlong Friendship Camp
Anlong Friendship Camp
Volunteers singing at the talent show
Theo sang with volunteers at the talent show
Our team of volunteer teachers and translators had a great experience at Anlong No. 1 High School in Guizhou Province this summer. We were welcomed like movie stars with flowers and lines of clapping students at the entrance gate. Theo, the young red-headed son of our music teacher, was especially celebrated with pictures and requests for autographs. 

Betty Cutts taught students to do a kind act daily.
I taught students to do an act of kindness daily.
Our six key teachers where assisted by seven translators and other volunteers. We taught the regular English classes in the morning for three days and taught the teachers in the afternoons. The last two days we had our own Blessing Hands students in a relaxed fun curriculum. 
Maria Franzini_ Hong Lin_ and Celina Luo tried on traditional Buyi jackets.
Maria Franzini, Hong Lin, and Celina Luo tried on traditional Buyi jackets.
Anlong is a minority area and most of our students there are from the Buyi minority. We got to visit the Buyi hometown of Yaya Luo, our China part time administrator. Yaya was welcomed back to her old high school as a returning hero. She was one of the first Buyi girls in that area to finish college. Now all the girls have raised their expectations to follow her. 

We taught the regular English classes at Anlong High School
We taught the regular English classes.
It was a treat for the students to have real native English speakers teaching their English classes. In Chinese schools, the teachers change classes instead of the students, so they pile up their books on their personal desks. The 50+ students never meet other students since their class moves through the three years of high school in the same room. I sometimes used a microphone to be heard. Each class had a PowerPoint display and blackboard.

We had a fantastic month long trip to China. We will share more we did in later emails. 

Students needing sponsors at Anlong No. 1 High School

While we were in Anlong, we made movies of the students who do not have sponsors to pay for their tuitions of $185 a year. In China students must pay for their high school expenses. You can select one of these students as your very own. 

Give the gift of education by clicking on this PayPal link. 

Huang Ying needs a sponsor.
Huang Ling needs a sponsor.
Chen Youmei needs a sponsor to give her tuition of $185 for her last year in high school
Chen Youmei needs a sponsor to give her tuition of $185 for her last year in high school.

Huang Liugen is from a poor farm family.
Huang Liugen is from a poor farm family.
Huang Ya speaks in English and Chinese.
Huang Ya speaks in English and Chinese.
You can help them fulfill their dreams of finishing high school. undefined

Re-Enroll in Kroger Rewards

We have received $455 from Kroger this year because you have shopped with your Kroger Card and listed Blessing Hands as your Community Rewards choice in Kentucky. Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy. All you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!

How to ENROLL OR RE-ENROLL in Kroger Community Rewards.
  • Go to www.Kroger.com
  • Click the blue Sign In tab at top of the page.
  • Enter your email address and password and click the blue Sign In tab.
  • From the menu, click Community, then Community Rewards.
  • From Community Rewards, click on the Edit or Re-enroll button.
  • Then,
    a.  Find Blessing Hands by keyword search or enter our #75706.
    b.  Select Blessing Hands (Click the button to the left of the words Blessing Hands. )
    c.  Save your selection (Click the Save button to save your selection.)
You can enroll at any time, but everyone has to re-enroll during the month of August. This only works for Blessing Hands in Kentucky because they are community based rewards. If you live in another Kroger State, you can choose another good charity in your area. 

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Support Blessing Hands by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. $16 has been given so far this year.

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