Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
September 2018, issue No. 50
Translated By Peggy Liou
We admitted 1,591 new children this year. With everyone’s support, 718 of them have already been sponsored. However, we really need your help spreading the word among your friends and family to find sponsors for the remaining 873 children.
Good News - We are pleased to report that this summer, 703 PEACH students graduated from high school and are heading to college. An additional 1,401 PEACH students completed their middle school education and are going to high school. This accomplishment belongs to all of you, our sponsors. Thank you. The individual reports of your sponsored children will be mailed to you shortly.
2018 Summer Camps – From July 19th to August 17th, 2018, three sessions of summer camps were successfully conducted in Yulong High School at Lijiang City, in Yinwang High School at Huize County and in Yuanyang High School at Honghe Region. A total of 130 volunteer teachers and 1,165 students participated, where everyone made great and lasting memories.
2019 Summer Camps – schedule as follows.
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.
Session C: 8/6 to 8/16/2019 at Ninglang, Lijiang, Yunnan Province. Full
Note: As of today, the positions for volunteer teachers have been filled for Sessions A and C and there are only a few positions still available for Session B. Please apply ASAP if you are interested in joining us.
2018 Volunteer Exploration Trip– From October 20th to October 27th, 2018, we will be visiting many PEACH children and their homes in Ninglang County, Yunnan Province.
Next Gathering – We are planning a gathering on Sunday, December 2nd, 2018. We are looking forward to seeing you, and warmly invite your friends to join as well. We also want to thank Solomon Tsai for hosting the event in his beautiful hotel.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1221 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA, 94404
Date/time: Sunday, December 2nd, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Agenda: Introduction of PEACH Foundation
Our Accomplishments and Future Outlook
Slide Presentation – Highlights of Summer Camps, Volunteer Understanding Trip, and Home Inspections
Volunteers Sharing Stories
To RSVP, please a) Send email to staff@PeachFoundationUSA.org, or
b) Send fax to 650-525-9688, or
c) Call 650-525-1188
Thank you in advance for RSVP, as this will help us with our planning.
Please find the attached students’ biographies. We truly appreciate if you can share them 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.
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Phone: 650-525-1188 Fax: 650-525-9688
171128 Wang XX, 7th Grade, Male
Translated by Neil Sun
Since my parent’s divorce, I was very lonely. I didn’t want to play with my classmates in fear that they would look down on me. So I didn't make any friends and no one wants to socialize with me neither. I have never had a birthday celebration as others do. I don't even know what "Birthday" means. The money others spend on a chicken drumstick is my breakfast budget for an entire week.
Most of the pens I used come from leftovers because my parents don’t have money. One time, when other students found me scrimmaging through the trash can for usable pens; they called me beggar and kicked me. I ran home crying and did not want to return to school. After my mother learned what happened, she said: "Go back to school. As long as you study hard, I will support you to finish elementary school even if I don’t eat.” I listened to my mother and went back to school.
My life is full of setbacks because I'm not always clean, I’m not good looking, and I have a scar on my face from a car accident. One day, in order to save money, I decided to walk home from school and did not take the village bus. Halfway on the uphill mountain road, a car suddenly rushed toward me and knocked me down.
Because I'm dirty and poor, even my most respected teacher rejected me. Once the teacher's pen fell to the ground and I picked it up and returned it. The teacher looked at my hands and wiped the pen with disgust on her face. Since that incidence, I didn't help that teacher with anything at all.
My current teacher is very nice to me. Once, he even bought clothing for me. He told me not to keep to myself all the time. Instead of waiting for others to take the first step, he encouraged me to actively make friends with others. Taking his advice, I am very happy that I have since made several friends.
There is another incidence when there was a group of creditors came to my house and asked for payment. Under the pressure, mother cried to my older brother: “Stop going to school. You will start working and taking care of your younger brother.” I ran to my mother and burst into tears. Grandpa said: “Keep all the children in the school. I will borrow more money.” Eventually, mother calmed down and agreed.I asked Grandpa: “Where is my father?” Grandpa said: “Your father had a big argument with your Grandma. He burned down the house and said he would not live with Grandma anymore. He left and I’ve never seen him again.” Then Grandpa started crying. I comforted my Grandpa and said: “Don’t be afraid. I will keep this family going.” Grandpa said: “Good boy!”
To make money, I do shepherd’s chores and carry water for well-to-do people in the village. On this day, I earned 30 yuan (≈4.75 USD). I was very happy and I ran to the village store and bought Grandpa 3 yuan (≈0.48 USD) worth of milk. I also paid 10 yuan (≈1.6 USD) and bought a pair of gloves for my mother. My mother's hands were scratched and bleeding from working too much. Then I still had 17 yuan (≈2.3 USD) left. I ran home to give rest of the money to my mother. My mother was moved and started crying. When Grandpa learned about it, he also cried and praised me that I have grown up.
181218 Li XX, 8th Grade, Male
Translated by George Wang
I grew up in a small village from a farming family. I have a sister and our ancestors have been living in Malongzhai for generations. Ever since I was a child, I had to cook and do laundry. I knew then that, if I were to change my destiny, I would have to study hard.
My father had six years of elementary education. He drank excessively and was frequently in trouble. My mother has been an industrious country woman. She worked all day and night, both at home and in the field. At the time, my sister was the darling of the house. She was getting the best toys and snacks while I received little affection from my parents.
My father was frequently drunk and he would channeled his angers at Mom. He has wrecked pretty much all the household cookwares. Mom and I would hide away and weep. With great difficulty, Mom eventually divorced from Dad.
Later, Dad went to Lijiang. During a drinking binge, he clashed with other people, killed one and maimed another. He was arrested. On the day he was sent off, he told me, “You should focus on study. Don’t become a fool like me.
I went on to live with my grandparents afterwards. My uncle constantly helped us out. To make a living, Grandpa trekked to the mountain to cut down the bamboo. He weaved baskets out of it and sold them at the local market. Grandma also toiled at the field all day. Sometimes, I joined her and helped.
One day, Grandpa was working in the field when it started to rain. He released the ox to roam and hid himself under a tree. The lightening struck him. Grandma and I waited at home for a long time without seeing him. When the rain stopped we went out to look for him. Upon seeing his body, Grandma collapsed. Our family now is just Grandma, me and my sister. Life became ever more difficult. Sometimes we had little to eat. Thanks to my uncle, he came by every month and gave us some money.