Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
December 2017, issue No. 48
Translated By George Wang
In this year, the Peach student count reached the milestone of ten thousand. It is your continuous support that empowers these ten-thousand kids to rise up from the mountains, transform themselves, and pursue their dreams. I would also like to express my gratitude to the families of these ten-thousand students. Many of you, struggling under dire hardship, persisted in providing education for your sons and daughters.
In 2018, we will add another fifteen hundred students. Please help us expand the donor circle. In doing your year-end tax planning, please extend your charitable thoughts to the aspiring students of Peach. Love begets love and it reciprocates and multiplies. In the spirit of the holidays, we appreciate your kind support.
Peach Alumni Party at Kunming - On October 21, we held a Peach alumni gathering at the Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming. We invited 300 Peach alumni, college students or graduates, to the party. The uncles and aunts from the visiting team were surprised by the changes effected upon our Peach kids. Were these the same kids that attended the summer camp just a few years ago? What had happened to those timid, shabby, drab kids? Had college training morphed these hillbillies into such confident, articulate adults? Education enhances one’s knowledge and expands one’s perspectives. They are the poster examples of what education can accomplish.
I invited a special guest, Mr. Hu, who is the father of two Peach female students. I thanked him for his perseverance in supporting the education of his daughters despite the adversities. Behind every Peach student, there are family members who sacrifice themselves to make education possible. I cannot express my gratitude enough to each and every Peach parent. Mr. Hu in a way represents all those ten-thousand households forsaking their living standards for the education of their children.
2017 Volunteer Exploration Trip - During October 21-28, twenty volunteers visited Peach students at Huize County of the Qujing city in Yunnan. They went to the schools, chatted with students, visited the students’ homes, and rallied the family elders for their support of education.
The volunteers had one-on-one sessions with students. They made inquiries about the school and family life of the students. They made sure that the students received their sponsorship payments. Peach prides itself in our operational transparency. Our goal has always been to do our utmost to assist poor students in their education.
In October 20-27 of 2018, the volunteer team will visit Ninglang county of Lijiang city. You can register now. Ninglang is famous for its Yi people living in Xiao Liang Mountain, the unique custom of “Walking Marriage” of the Mosuo people, and the majestic scenery of Lugu Lake. You are cordially invited to join us.
Staff Home Visit Trip – Following the volunteer team, Peach staff launched the campaign of visiting the homes of 1500 students. This is an important task. The visiting staffs are all hardy Peach alumni. Their mission is to work with the local school teachers, meet Peach students, and visit the homes of the new students. This is to ensure that our sponsorship goes to the most deserving children. Over the years, we have encountered many school teachers who were once Peach students. They understand Peach criteria and the targeted poor students that we seek to sponsor. I am delighted to see the acceptance rates for qualified students are trending up each year.
2018 Summer Camp –For session #1 and #2, the volunteer teaching positions have been filled. We have opening positions for volunteer teachers for session #3 in the Yuanyang County. Please render your support and register.
Session A: 7/19 to 7/27/2018 at Yulong, LiJiang, Yunnan Province. Full
Session B: 7/28 to 8/7/2018 at Huize, Yunnan Province. Full
Session C: 8/7 to 8/17/2018 at Yuanyang, Yunnan Province. Open positions for volunteers.
Winter Camp – The winter camp is scheduled for February 1-10, 2018. We invited 300 students who are either orphans or from a single-parent families. They are to be taught by 50 Peach college students. These Peach college students are excellent role models to their young siblings. They went through the same hardships and made it to college. By sharing their own growth experiences, these big brothers demonstrate to their young siblings that Peach loves them, cares for them, and, through hard work and staying in school, they can reach the rainbow of success too.
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Attached are one kid’s bio and one from Mr. Hu, the father of two Peach students. Please share them with your friends and family members.
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 ______ (laptop computer/ digital camera/ cell phone)
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.
Address: 1098 Marlin Avenue, Foster City, CA 94404, U.S.A.
Phone: 650-525-1188 Fax: 650-525-9688
17510 Lu XX, 9th Grade, Female
When I was little, I always asked my grandmother: where did dad go? And after taking a look at the sky she slowly stated: he went to a very far place……
My grandmother is a self-reliant woman. When I was very little, my father passed away because of illness. In the fourth day after his death, my mother returned to her parental home, she said: “I am still very young, don’t want to spend a lifetime in you and your sister.” We depend on each other for survival. Grandmother works from dawn to dusk doing manual labor, and this brought her a lot of illnesses and often has headaches.
In my fifth year, my uncle was imprisoned for drug addiction. Aunt told this to my grandmother and her chronic problem reappeared. Maybe the shock was too big that she fainted, I helped her out and gave her a glass of water. She shook her head, broke down to tears, and said aloud: why the fate happens to be like this?
Our family has no income. Whenever we have a holiday, my grandma, my sister, and I will go to the carpet processing plant to collect garbage bottles. Squeezing one kilo gives you 3 RMB. We went every day at 6 in the morning, and get back at 8 o’clock at night. When I and my sister were fast, we could earn 70-80RMB. We work one month in each vacation, then when the school starts we have enough for paying school material.
In prison, my uncle had a correct attitude and he seriously corrected his mistakes, so he could leave prison in a year and a half. But as he was an alcoholic by nature, he passed away only half year after. When he died, he left behind a 6 year-old girl. After his death, grandmother’s hair was whiter and whiter and her health was getting worse and worse. I want to study hard and try even harder to pass high school, to let my grandmother live a life without worrying about food and clothing.
This letter is from Mr. Hu, the father of two Peach girl students.
Dear Peach staffs and donors,
I am the father of Hu xx and Hu xx. I am honored to attend this convention in Kunming along with many Peach college students.
This is the first time that I have stood in front of such a big crowd. I am so nervous that I can hardly speak. This convention is a memorable experience to me. You are great people. You have helped many kids and you have done a wonderful job.
Because of Peach, my life took a different turn. With both of my daughters in college, I feel that I have overcome a big obstacle. My daughters’ achievements are the result of your encouragement and support. Both of them have been sponsored by Peach up to now. It is you who lent the helping hands during the most critical moments of our lives. You are great people.
You have been working hard in helping the students. Thanks to you, many poor students could stay in school. You even sent me money to help repair the blown-away roofs of our kitchen and the pig barn. I shall never forget your kindness. Words can hardly express my gratitude for Peach. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you all on behalf of my family. I am truly grateful to all of you.