Now begins the busy season of asking sponsors for support for their students who are going back to schools this fall. We will be reporting to you concerning the progress of your students and asking you to help them again for the coming year.
If you would like to sponsor a student in college, we have many applying for the first time this year.
Jielan Li 李 洁兰
Jielan Li has been accepted at Hannan University. She is working this summer to save money for college, so she had to interview online through WeChat, a Chinese social media platform. Her college entrance score is good at 503. She is from Xinzhou High School in Lingshan County, Qinzhou Prefecture and Guangxi Province.
Her father died four years ago, so her mother supports the family by farming and picking up waste to recycle. One older sister and her 14-year-old brother left school because of the heavy costs and are working in Guangdong Province. She could not convince her brother to stay in school. They can only support themselves, however. Another older
Jielan Li 李 洁兰 2017
sister is in a technology school in Nanning. Jielan is a good student and dreams of learning about economic statistics. She hopes to work in a bank or security agency after graduation. She works a long day now - getting off at 10:00 pm.
You can sponsor a high school student for $397 a year or you can also give $33 monthly. For just $33 a month you could change a student's life and future. Give at this link.
These Huangmei No. 2 High School students need sponsors.
Shopping and giving can go together.
Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards
both help us all the time.
There has been a change to
Kroger Community Rewards.
Effective immediately all participants will roll over without an August re-enrollment requirement and stay enrolled to support
Blessing Hands each year.
If you did not know about this, you can sign up at www.kroger.com or call 1-800-KROGERS, option 3.
Last year we received $418 from Kroger Rewards customers, who designated us as their favorite charity and associated their Kroger Reward cards with Blessing Hands in their communities.
This works in Kentucky Krogers. In other states another local community charity can be chosen. When you shop in Kroger with your rewards card, charities receive a percentage of what you spend.
Kroger Community Rewards makes fund-raising easy... all you have to do is associate your card with Blessing Hands and then shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card!
Go to "Community" on the Kroger.com site and get started giving and shopping.
Shop and Give!
When you shop Amazon for anything, type in smile first and a % of your purchase will be given to Blessing Hands. Choose us as your favorite charity. We hope to enroll more supporters from all over the world. Help us raise funds internationally by telling a friend about this program.
Ebay for Charity
Ebay for Charity is a program that helps sellers list items on ebay to benefit nonprofit organizations. Any ebay seller with an account in good standing can create an Ebay for Charity listing. The program is administered by PayPal Giving Fund, ebay's nonprofit partner. The program allows you to give any amount you sell online to a charity. You can find out more about this by going to this ebay link.
Our team's recent trip to China was unlike any other trip in the past. Our chief purpose was to register Blessing Hands as a Foreign Non-Governmental Organization (FNGO). We were very successful in applying, but it will still be perhaps a month or two before the seal and approval is granted as our application makes it way to the highest levels. We had been working on this since January 2017 when the new law concerning all foreign NGOs was implemented.
Mr. Wu of the Security Department interviewed us. Anna Liu interpreted and Matthew Liu brought the official sealed papers from Beijing, arriving at just the right time for our official interview.
Mr. Wu met with our team and answered many questions. He told us that Blessing Hands has a very good reputation in Guangxi, especially in Yangshuo where Blessing Hands began during a Sister Cities Summer English Camp in 2005. He said we should ask the Department of Public Security for help if we had any problems.
We generated 16 different documents to show that we are a legally incorporated organization in the United States that has been helping students in China for eleven years. Our proof of the number of students we have helped (1,500) and our financial health needed to be given online and in person to the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Department of Education and finally to the Department of Public Security.
Official US State Department seals were needed on 8 documents that finally were certified by the Chinese Embassy.
Because we were still in the process of registration, we could not legally visit our students or their schools. We also had to cancel a summer camp planned in Anlong, Guizhou, when the registration went slower than we expected. Later flooding in Guilin Prefecture cancelled a second camp we had planned with the invitation of the Tourism Bureau in Ziyuan.
With the permission of the Guangxi Provincial Education Department, we were able to interview four of our Qinzhou graduates for college scholarships. This video is of He Wenjiao who wants to study Chemistry at Suzhou University. You can sponsor her for $650 or give any amount.
We ask for $650 (4420 RMB) for our scholarship students. or give any amount at this link.
Eric Zhang, one of our board members, visited our Miao students in Yunnan in July.
A mountain Miao Village - Click to see more pictures.
I am a mother and housewife that loves China and children. The two interests
have come together in serving the children of China who need help with
educational needs. I started as a teacher in an English summer camp and got to
know the teachers first. When I toured their schools and met their precious
students, I could see many needs and decided to try to help. I first started a
fund to assist children with tuition, but it has expanded into a 501(c)(3)public
charity granting money for textbooks and school supplies for primary school and
lower middle school students and tuition for older students.