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PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
April 2015, issue No. 40
Translated by Peggy Liou
We need your continuing love to support 900 new students in 2015. Please help spread the word among your friends and family. We really appreciate it. Among the 900 new students: 300 new students are 7th graders, either orphans or girls from single-parent families regardless of their academic performance, while the other 600 new students are 9th and 10th graders with excellent grades who also came from very poor families. Our statistics also show that about 20% of these 600 new students come from broken homes. Please help these Lost Pearls with your enormous love. Thank you.
HongHe Winter Camp – We conducted two winter camps for our middle school orphans and girls from single-parent families (OSP) in February 2014 & 2015, and we recruited PEACH college students to be their teachers. Most of these young children never travelled beyond the middle school they attended in their hometown, and it is a challenge to travel four to five hours by bus from their township to the high school in the county where we held our winter camps. Many children got very carsick and they looked terrible when they arrived at the camp. We were happy that they were strong enough to stay, because it takes courage to face the outside world and they had just made that very important first step.
By the end of the camp, these children had transformed into new people. Here are some of their words: “I have never seen any school so big and so beautiful like HongHe High School. I swear I am coming back for my high school education!” “I always thought that I was alone in this world, but in this camp, my big sister and big brother teachers love and care for me like my parents. My heart is so full, I feel so fortunate I am loved.”
We modified our EQ curriculum this year to include a segment called “Problem Solving.” Our staff has collected these “problems” from years of experiences in helping PEACH students. In particular, our OSP children have suffered even more unthinkable hardships and sadness in their lives. Growing up without parents, trying to survive in extreme poverty, and being laughed at by neighbors are common challenges they have to face everyday. In class, these children often looked down and remained silent, preferring not to touch the questions being brought up. However, we encourage open discussion and dialogue for the purpose of facing the pain in order to heal. We helped the children to acknowledge that growing up in poverty and with no parents for support are cruel facts, but if they do not face the pain that is so deeply seated, it will never heal. It is only then when they begin the healing process that they can focus on their studies and enjoy a better life.
We recognize that it is difficult for many children to speak up in the classroom, because they were afraid of “giving the wrong answers, being laughed at, and being criticized.” So, we arranged each class in groups and encourage friendly competition with small rzwards. Our goal is to encourage participation by reassuring them that there are no right or wrong answers. As a result, most children were willing participant in this unique environment. To help a few of the most painfully shy students, we implemented rules like “In each group, everyone has to take turns to speak. A point will be taken out if anyone in the group does not speak up.” With practice, these children were able to unearth their worries and to solve many of their own difficult situations with the help of their peers and new friends. Equipped with their newfound strength, there will be no problem too big to solve.
Home Visits - From December 2nd, 2014 to February 15, 2015. PEACH staff made three Home Visit trips, where they inspected 570 students’ homes. We also commissioned PEACH college students to visit the remaining families who live in such remote homes that it would take days to reach during their school vacations. We have insisted on conducting Home Visits of every child for the past 14 years. This commitment is to accurately verify the economic standing of each family, so that 100% of the sponsorship goes to a child who truly needs it.
2015 Volunteer Understanding Tour will take place in YuLong County, Yunnan Province from October 25 to October 31, 2015. Welcome to join us.
2015 Summer Camps volunteer teacher positions are completed filled. Thank you for your support.
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Below, we have attached some PEACH students’ biographies, which are part of our collection “Deep in Our Hearts.” We enclose the latest issue of PEACH Children magazine, Volume 14. It is not translated to English, yet it is full of pictures which tell lots of stories. Thank you.
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13033 Zhang XX, 9th Grade, Female
Translated by Tiffany Chen
Growing up requires a warm，affectionate, and complete family. However, my family is full of violence and sorrow.
Before sixth grade, my family was complete with father, mother, sister, and brother but we couldn’t live in peace. Father loved drinking and would always get drunk, and then he would pick fights with mother. Sometimes my mother and I feared of staying home and spent the night out in the wild.
Even though at the time our family couldn’t live in harmony, but it was complete. Now my family broke apart. My parents are divorced, sister is married, and brother passed away.
I still remembered because our family was poor, the whole family went out of town to work when I was little. Both of my parents were illiterate and could only do hard labor with very little earnings. Mother did not have the strength to do hard labor so she collected junks to sell with sister.
This kind of life lasted about seven to eight years and our family gradually earned some money. My parents decided to go back to our village to build a house leaving my sister and me studying out of town. After school my sister and I would collect junks to sell in order to lessen the family burden. During Jasmine flower season, sister would pick flowers to raise money.
Afterwards, my sister and I went back to our village to study. Brother was eight and started first grade while sister finished first grade. Since both brother and I attended school and our family couldn’t afford it so sister gave up education. When I was in sixth grade, my parents got a divorced which was also the year my brother died of an unknown illness. Not long after my sister got married and moved out leaving my family torn. The year I graduated from elementary school I was going to attend Hong He Secondary National School, however, due to my family’s situation I could only stay in San Chun Middle School.
13734 Li XX, 7th Grade, Female
Translated by Stella Jiang
My parents were divorced when I was two years old, and my dad took me to my grandparents’ house. In order to make a living, my dad went to another place for a job and seldom went home. Thus, I spent my childhood with my grandparents.
As I grew up, I always wondered where my mom was when seeing other children with their parents. Other child was enjoying the time with their mother, but I didn’t. Mum, where are you? I miss you so much! Mum, when can you come back to me? In school, every time I read about mothers’ love, I couldn’t help thinking of my mother. Why can’t I live with my mother happily just like others? When singing “The child who has mother just values, while the child who doesn’t have a mother devalues. Where can we find the true happiness?” I find myself as a lonely straw and cannot get love. I am walking in a desolated dessert, looking into the cold moon in the night sky.
13793 Yang XX, 7th Grade, Female
Translated by Emily Yu
My mother left me when I was three years old. I don’t know the feeling of being adored and cared by my mother. Whenever I see other motherly relationships, I wonder where my mother is. Some times I wonder why life is so cruel and unfair to me. But I know I should not complain because I still have my father who loves me with all his heart
It is unfortunate of me not having a mother, but there are many people in the world suffering the same misfortune. I know I can not keep on regretting for what I have lost, yet I should cherish for what I do have.
If one’s richness is only considered by one’s possessions, am I one with nothing? No, I don’t think so because I still have my father who loves me and cares about me.
Misery hit me again when I was 14. I lost my last family member, my beloved father. I almost had a nervous breakdown. No matter how hard I tried not to cry out loud but the tears kept on running out of my eyes. I refused to accept the fact that I had lost my father. What choice did I have but to face the cruel reality and stay strong on my own.
One night in 2010, my father disappeared and never returned. People suspected that our father had abandoned me. I did not believe it. It was only until 2 years later, a janitor at an elementary school septic tank found a corpse and it turned out to be my father. How did this happen? Was he fell down or was he murdered? Who was the killer? Will the truth ever reveal itself? I believe it will.
Throughout my life and in my studies, I have encountered lots of hardships yet I have never given up. I was lucky enough to have met so many kind aunties and uncles, whose love have given me strength and hope. I will work my best to attend a college one day. Even though the past has been bitter, I will strive to pursue my dream of a bright future.