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Interview With the PEACH Foundation

採訪培志教育基金會

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2017 by Givology Volunteer

Givology志願者訪問於201743, 星期二

 

Members of the Givology Chapter at the Webb Schools interviewed with Ruth Jeng, who is the founder of the PEACH Foundation, to learn more about the organization.

 

韋伯高中在讀學生兼Givology志願者採訪培志教育基金創始人Ruth Jeng,瞭解培志更多情況。

 

Q: What inspired you to start the PEACH Foundation?

A: I started this organization from the pain of which I felt from the children. So when I saw a child not going to school, the feeling of pain made me very miserable. Even though I told myself that it was none of my business, my pain didnt go away. Therefore, I rolled up my sleeves to solve their problem. The bottom line of starting this organization is eliminating my pain by eliminating the pain of these children. If I had felt indifferent, then I wouldnt have done anything.

 

問:是什麼原因促使你創辦培志教育基金會?

 

答:我創辦培志是基於人饑己饑,人溺己溺的不忍之心;當我看到孩子不能上學,我很心痛,這種痛讓我很難受。我告訴自己,這不關我事,但痛苦並未消失。於是,乾脆卷起袖子正視問題,創立培志,通過消除孩子們的痛苦來減輕我的痛苦。如果我是個冷漠的人,則不會做任何事情。

 

Q: How did your organization begin?

A: When I first started, I would go to alumni parties to distribute brochures about PEACH. I distributed 15,000 brochures in the first year, 10,000 in the second year, and we had about 200 initial members. Then, those who joined would invite friends that donate. Thus, I could say that about 98% of donors are recommended by other people. From a grassroot-organization that relied more on traditional methods, now we partner with Givology and rely on word of mouth more.

 

問:培志是如何發展起來的?

 

答:剛開始,我去校友聚會發培志宣傳冊,第一年發了15000冊,第二年發了10000冊,吸納最初的200個成員,這些成員邀請他們的親朋好友加入。培志98%的捐款人都是通過口碑相傳加入的。培志從一個依靠傳統方式宣傳的草根組織,到現在與Givology合作,我們更多依靠的是口碑宣傳。

 

Q: What are some projects that you've worked on in the past? What was the impact?

 

A: There are five major projects that we worked on, providing financial aid, hosting a summer camp, giving children clothing for the winter, visiting them in school, and give them medical treatments.

 

1. Financial Aid- The aim of financial aid is providing children from low-income families the opportunity to go to school. Now we have over 2,000 children who have finished college, many of them becoming doctors, nurses, bankers, and government officials. The impact not only extends to giving them a full schooling but also to educating them in becoming financially independent so that they could help their families. Now, their parents are able to retire, so they dont need to farm to sustain themselves. Education breaks the vicious cycle of poverty.

2. Summer camp- We try to build up the childrens self-esteem by teaching them classes during a one-week summer camp. Even though it is only a one week program, youll be amazed at the impact. Before the camp, the children were not respected and loved, yet a little love and care will increase their self-confidence and brighten their smiles. However, one worry is that they will return to their old selves when they go back to their old environment, where they are bullied and stepped down. So I tell them that everyone being loved has a responsibility to those who love them. They should not abandon themselves in the face of unconditional love.

 

3. Clothing for the winter- We provide them with gloves, garments, and trousers. The impacts are pretty self-explanatory.

 

4. Visits in school- Every year we visit them in school. They would feel very happy and would come and hug me, something that they wouldn't do their parents.

 

5. Medical treatments- A sick child cannot study. When I talk about being sick, Im not talking about a simple cold, but something more serious. We would take them to a hospital and make sure they are cured.

 

問:培志有哪些項目?成效如何?

 

答:培志主要有5個項目,提供助學金、舉辦夏令營、捐贈冬衣、查訪學校/與學生見面交流、醫療幫扶。

 

1. 助學金——發助學金的目的是給低收入家庭的孩子提供上學的機會。現在培志有2000多個孩子已從大學畢業。從事各行各業,他們當中許多人當醫生、護士、銀行職員、公務員等等。不僅他們完成學業,獲得經濟獨立,而且幫助改善家境。教育打破了貧困的惡性循環。

 

2. 夏令營——為了建立孩子們的自尊,培志每年為孩子們舉辦為期一周的夏令營。即使只是一周的課程,但它的效果是驚人的。夏令營之前,這些孩子被歧視和缺乏關愛。給他們一點愛和關心,就會增強他們的自信心,臉上露出快樂的笑容。然而,令人擔憂的是,當孩子們回到被欺負和被歧視的環境,他們又變得很自卑。因此,我告訴他們,當別人給你愛,你有責任回饋。培志給予的是無條件的愛,他們不可以放棄自己。

 

3. 捐款冬衣我們會給小孩捐手套、保暖衣、襪子、圍巾。這個項目的效果是不言而喻的。

 

4. 查訪學校/與學生見面——每年我們都去學校看望孩子,他們很開心,會過來和我擁抱。孩子與他們的父母都不會這樣。

 

5. 醫療幫扶——生病就無法學習,我說的生病不是簡單的感冒,而是更嚴重的疾病。我們會帶他們看病,直到治癒。

 

Q: What do you see as the future of PEACH?

 

A: Currently, we have six PEACH employees, five of them have been PEACH graduates. I want PEACH children to run the PEACH office. That is my goal from day one. Then, I want some of the donors to be part of the board of directors, overseeing the operations. Out of our employees, we have marketing people, chapter directors, and people that come to our office to work.

 

問:你如何看待培志的未來?

 

答:培志有6個員工,其中5人是培志資助畢業的孩子。我創辦培志時,計畫讓培志孩子經營培志,培志一些義工作為理事,監督員工的作業。除了員工,我們有行銷人員、理事,這些人都在為培志工作。

 

Q: Since your organization's inception, how has your organization's plan change and modify throughout the years?

 

A: Our big picture and direction did not change. However, there are some small changes. For example, we tried to do teachers training before, yet we realized that the teachers didnt want to be trained, so we gave that up.

 

問:成立培志至今,項目上有過哪些調整?

 

答:我們的大局和方向沒有改變。但會有小的調整。例如,我們試著做師資培訓,但老師對這個項目的反響並不熱烈,因此,我們中止了此項目。

 

Q: What are some of the largest challenges you face as an organization?

 

A: We met with schools that werent willing to cooperate. We wanted profiles of poor children, yet they recommended children who were above the income bracket that we were looking for. We would do home visits, and when children were not poor enough, we would reject the children and time would be wasted. Another problem that we face is children dropping out. When some of the children go to high school, they lagged behind. Some of these kids could not handle the pressure, so they dropped out. That is my biggest challenge because I cannot spend 100% of my energy on only 10% of these children that wanted to drop out. I told them that if they were to attend high school, they must stay in until college, otherwise, a vocational school might be a better fit.

 

問:培志運作中最大的挑戰是什麼?

 

答:我們遇到一些不願意合作的學校。培志要資助貧困的孩子,而學校推薦了家庭條件好的。我們通過家訪,不會資助不符合的小孩,由此而浪費時間。另外的挑戰是,面對孩子們輟學。升入高中後,小孩成績落後,禁不住壓力而輟學。這是一個巨大的挑戰,因為我們不能花100%的精力在僅10%想輟學的孩子身上。我告訴他們,如果進了高中,就一定要堅持到上大學。否則,進一個職業學校可能更適合他。

 

 

Q: What do you see as something that needs to be changed within the Chinese educational system?

 

A: The problem with the Chinese educational system is that teachers don't allow students to think independently. Students simply memorize things. The aim of Gaokao (the Chinese entrance exam to college) also emphasizes on memorization of concepts from a wide range of topics rather than allowing students to think critically. It is a reflection of the educational system.

 

問:你認為中國的教育體制有何不足之處?

 

答:中國教育體制是,老師忽視培養學生獨立思考。學生只需死記硬背,高考強調熟背大範圍的題目,而不重視「思辯能力」。

 

 

Q: How can Givology help you?

 

A: Givology has been helping us for many many years. In the past, Givology always kept 20 profiles of PEACH children until they graduate and go to college. If I remember correctly, Givology has helped more than 60 children. Every child carries the responsibility of 20 family members (parents, siblings, siblings children, uncles, aunties, uncles children, etc), who all count on our PEACH children to support them. Thus, by saying Givology helped 60 children, it actually helped 60 families, impacting the lives of more than 1200 people. The cycle of poverty for this family is then cut off, forever. The next generation of these families now has the opportunity to go to school. This is what Givology has done for us.

 

 

問:Givology 如何幫助培志?

 

Givology已幫助培志好多年。每年保持資助20個小孩,直到大學畢業。如果我記得準確的話,到目前為止Givology幫助的孩子已超過60個。每個孩子都背負20個家庭成員的期望(父母、兄弟姐妹、兄弟姐妹的孩子、叔叔、阿姨、叔叔的孩子等)。如此,Givology幫助了60個家庭,超過1200人受益。因此,這個家庭貧困的惡性循環就能終止,下一代人就有機會去學校上學。這就是Givology為我們做的。

 

Original linkhttps://www.givology.org/~givologystaff/blog/375386/