Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
April 2019, issue No. 52
Translated By George Wang
We admitted 1,665 new students this year. We urge you, your family members, and friends to help sponsor these students. With your perennial supports, these kids will have a fighting chance in education.
Winter Camp: In February (2/12-2/21), PEACH held its annual winter camp at the campus of the First High School in Honghe county. There were 278 new students who attended the camp, and 48 PEACH college students worked as volunteer teachers. PEACH provided physical exams, eyeglasses, blankets, jackets, gloves, socks, and scarves to keep them warm, and dictionaries, lamps and school bags to facilitate their study.
Our young students are all from disadvantaged families. They are shy and have very low self-esteem. To foster their self-confidence, we paired each class with two college students who lived and stayed with them full time. These college students had similar struggles during their own growth. Such experience set the examples for the young kids to emulate and aspire to in plotting their own growth.
In just a few days, the students were transformed. In front of an audience of over three hundred people, they sang, danced, recited poems, and performed dramas. In PEACH camp, they learned to appreciate each other and enjoyed the pleasure of learning.
The college students took over the stage and acted as teachers, sharing their own stories and experience with their younger brethren. They felt that they were re-living their own old days: experiencing the same transformation from a shy, timid kid to a confident performer.
Many could not believe that such a transformation to a child is possible within a short seven days. Yet, the ten thousand plus students are proof that it could be done. It was love that enabled the strength and courage to transform; it was love that drew out the inner potential of everyone.
Our gratitude to Julia Hsiao for donating half of the theater proceeds from “Sun Bin and Pang Juan”, a Chinese historic play held on March 17 at Santa Clara, California.
Session A: 7/17 to 7/27/2019 at Yuanyang, Yunnan Province. Full
Session B: 7/27 to 8/6/2019 at Huize, Yunnan Province. Full
Session C: 8/7 to 8/15/2019 at Yulong, Lijiang, Yunnan Province. Full
2019 Volunteer Exploration Trip-The volunteer group is now opened for registration. It is scheduled for Oct 19th to 26th, 2019 at the Honghe County and Yuanyang County, Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province. Both counties are famous for the rice terrace scenery.
We are recruiting volunteer English translators to work on student biographies. If you are interested, please contact us via email.
Our gratitude to Angela Chin, a volunteer, who, on the occasion of her birthday, raised $488 USD on Facebook for PEACH. She shared her story with us in the attached article of “One Dollar”. Please feel welcome to do the same.
Also attached is a biography from a student and a copy of the PEACH magazine. The PEACH magazine is a forum where the students delineate their heart-wrenching stories. Please share it with your friends and family.
I would like to donate ______to the Laurice children medical funds (at an average of US$20 per child.)
I would like to send _____children to attend Summer & Winter Camps (at US$125 each for one week, including a bedding set of $40)
I would like to donate ______ to scarf and mitten funds (at US$5 per child.)
I would like to donate ______to thermal-pajama funds (at US$5 per child.)
I would like to donate ______ to the library funds (at US$20 per library)
I would like to donate ______to the Junhui writing funds (amount as you wish.)
I would like to donate ______ to the foundation administration funds
I would like to donate ______to the mini-loan for middle and high school students’ living expenses (amount as you wish.)
I would like to donate ______to the college loan funds (amount as you wish.)
I would like to increase my sponsorship to ___ high school students and ___ middle school students; the yearly costs are US$300 for a high school student, US$150 for a middle school student.
Donors in Taiwan please change the amount to New Taiwan Dollars, payable to PEACH FOUNDATION.
Account No.: 50011068 and it is tax deductible.
Amazon Partnership When you shop at Amazon (smile.amazon.com), Amazon donates 0.5% of the eligible purchase amount to PEACH Foundation. Do indulge yourself with some binge shopping on Amazon. Have a shopping spree and enjoy your good deeds. Thank you for your support.
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By Angela Chin
When you get to my age you’d probably agree that birthdays are really just another ordinary day. This year, a few weeks before my birthday, I got a notification from Facebook that they would donate $1 to a charitable organization of my choice. I was happy to take a dollar from the tech giant, so I picked the PEACH Foundation. Little did I know that it would turn into a fundraiser on my FB timeline! My first reaction was to cancel the post. But then I thought, even if I don’t get any donations, I still want FB’s $1! So I moved forward with it. What happened next was beyond surprise. The fundraiser exceeded the default goal of $200 within minutes. By the time of my birthday I had raised $488 for PEACH.
$488 will put one kid through high school, one through junior high and then some. I am thrilled for the PEACH kids. I am also touched by my friends and family who jumped in to donate. It showed me their support and encouragement for my work with PEACH. I want to share this with you all to show that you can do it too! If you have a Facebook account you may receive this message from FB a few weeks before your birthday. Accept the dollar from FB and watch your friends and family do the rest!
18359 Li XX, Grade 9, Female
Translated by Neil Sun
My mother is a Burmese and had an unhappy marriage. Father was out there wandering around all year long. When my mother was pregnant with me, she had to chop woods in the mountain. Father never came back when I was born. Father finally returned home when I was two, but his feet were paralyzed. When I was five years old, I needed to go to school. Mother went collecting plastic bottles door-to-door from morning till night and sold them to pay for my schooling. I would also take a bag to collect plastic bottle from the school trash pit. The classmates threw stones at me and told me that I was a dirty child. And I cried. When I came home and saw my father sitting in a chair, I put down my schoolbag, washed his feet and help him to eat.
One day, I was washing my dad's dirty clothes by the river, and several children pushed me into the water unexpectedly. They said that I was a poor child. This time I did not cry because I am used to it. One midnight, my father suddenly got ill and had to go to the hospital. I went to the hospital to look after him.
During the day and on weekends, I picked tea leaves to make some money. One day when I was working, I was bitten by a big dog. After school, I often walked a long distance with mother to sell empty wine bottles.
At the age of three, my mother gave birth to a baby girl. The family has absolutely no money. Mother had to leave home and worked in different places. She only returned during Chinese New Year.
At the age of nine, Grandpa passed away. I lived with my grandmother. I can only eat things that my classmates dropped on the ground.
At the age of ten, my father died. Mother took my eight-year-old sister and me to China. She met and married my current father. Mother gave birth to another lovely baby girl. My dad went to work, but he couldn’t get paid. We had eaten all the stored rice and had to borrow money from my uncle. The kitchen in the house is cracked but there is no money to build a house. Both of my grandparents were disabled. My younger sister is going to school next year. The family cannot afford it. I may have to drop out of school.