Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
April 2020, issue No. 55
Translated By George Wang
The coronavirus is still rampant in the world. We wish you good health and safety during this period.
We admitted 1,500 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.
New Project Site – Dehong Prefecture: Dehong is located in western Yunnan. Dehong means the downstream of Nu River. The prefecture borders with Myanmar on the north, west, and south sides. Its geography includes the five counties of Mangshi, Ruili, Lianghe, Yingjiang, Longchuan. There are more than thirty ethnicities, most notably Dai, Jingpo, Lisu, Achang, and Deang. We are providing 250 scholarships to this area and will visit them in May.
Myanmar Project: As of 2018, there are 195 countries in the world. Myanmar ranks 152 worldwide on income with a per capita GDP of $1300 a year. The infrastructure is dilapidated. It takes 6-7 hours just to travel 200 kilometers (120 miles). Many parents are farmers and have limited income. Some are miners and transportation labors. They earn on average of $100 USD per month. Such meager income barely covers costs for food and leaves nothing for their children’s education.
The kids of Grace Heaven Orphanage
The kids of Grace Heaven Orphanage
All these depictions seem to be surreal scenes coming from a movie. These kids escaped the war-torn zone of north to arrive at the orphanages in Yangon. It is a strange new world to them. Helplessly and hopelessly, they have no relatives or people to lean on. They seek only to live. Just like being stranded in a pitch-black room, one single match can light up the room for them. PEACH shall be that flaming match. The modest sums we offer shall be the catalyst that propels them to their new destiny. They are like my own children. I can hardly wait to see them, hug them, and tell them that PEACH is here. We will be the match that lights up their life and alters their future.
We need your support to help these children continue their education. In Myanmar, the 5th to 8th grade students belong to junior high school, and the 9th to 12th graders are in high school. The donation amount to Myanmar is similar to China’s: $150/year for students in junior high and $300/year for a senior high. You can elect your donation to be directed to either Chinese or Myanmar students.
2020 Summer Camp Cancelled: Due to the coronavirus, we are sorry to report that summer camp for 2020 has been cancelled. For 2021, we plan to hold one session summer camp in Myanmar (April) and three sessions in China (July-August). We will announce the schedule details in September. Please join us and register.
2020 Volunteer Exploration Trip The next volunteer group is now opened for registration. It is scheduled for Oct 17th to 25th, 2020 at the NuJiang region, Yunnan province. Nujiang is one of the rivers within the Three Rivers Natural Reserve, a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO in 2003.
We are recruiting volunteer English translators to work on student materials. If you are interested, please contact us via email.
Also attached is a thank you letter from a student and a kid’s biography. 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 (amount as you wish.)
I would like to donate ____to the 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.
I would like to sponsor Chinese students____; I would like to sponsor Myanmar students____; I have no preference____.
Please check out our instagram: PEACH.foundation, thank you.
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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A Letter to Uncle Wang–by 16091 Zhang xx
Translated by George Wang
Dear Uncle Wang,
How are you? This is Zhang xx, a student sponsored by you. Three years ago, I was on the verge of quitting school, and fortunately you came to my rescue.
I came from a single-parent family. My mom is blind and my father had mental issues. He was lucid only part of his lifetime. When I was in sixth grade, he couldn’t stand the pains any longer and gave up on his life.
A hopeful kid
A hopeful kid
Currently, I have been admitted to Yuxi Normal University. It is one step closer to my dream of becoming a teacher. There are several things that have always haunted me. I am constantly reminded of the sacrifices my sister has bestowed to the family, by the diligence and frugality of my elder brother, by the sadness that my younger brother when he failed the high school exam, and by the helplessness of my mother staying home by herself. There are so many obstacles in my path and so many things that I worry about. I just keep on reminding myself, “I have to strive for a better future so that I can provide for my family.”
Dear Uncle Wang, I am grateful for your help. Without it, I would not be what I am today. I am glad that I persist in studying. Your compassion warms me. I am thankful of you. Again, from the bottom of my heart, “Thank you.”
20059 Li XX, 9th Grade, Male
Translated by Maggie Shen
I am currently a student in class 132, grade 8 of Lao Chang Middle School. My parents were divorced when I was two and half years old. My father became the sole bread winner for our family. In the beginning it wasn’t too bad. A few years later, our situation came to be very tough. My father was forced into a Ponzi scheme when he went back to a construction site for work. Because of the stress, he had a nervous breakdown. He never quite recovered. With my father’s illness, our lives became more difficult. My grandfather had to go back to work so he could provide for us, and earn extra money for my father’s treatments. An elderly person having to take this kind of heavy burden at his age, it was really hard on him.
Grandma and I were left at our place when grandfather went away to work. Whenever there was free time, I would go up to the hills to pick woods or feed our piglets. My classmates played but I only had time to work. Spring is the toughest season. Planting corn is very exhausting but I have learned to toughen it up.
Dad stayed in the hospital for a few years. He was sent back home when there was some improvement. His condition is not stable. Oftentimes he would push down the dining table during a meal, and he sometimes hits me. Onetime for no reason, he suddenly kicked in the door, swore at us, and hit grandpa with a chair. Grandpa’s eyes were injured and had to be rushed to a hospital. We ended up borrowing a large sum of money to pay hospital bills. Because of his injury, Grandpa can no longer do any kind of heavy lifting. He now stays home and takes care of our livestock. Now grandma has to work and support the family. Dad cannot work. Whenever he feels confused, he becomes angry and unreasonable. My family hasn’t provided me an environment for learning. I can only learn in school. I also try to observe other families and learn from them bit by bit.
I am a well-behaved student, and I try my best not to add more burden to my family. Grandma tells me to study hard because I am the only hope for our family. I always go out and cry behind her back after she tell me so. I do study very hard and my grades have been gradually improving. I am one of the better students from our village. Now in middle school, we have extra school fees to pay. There is a lot of pressure on my family, not to mention the pressure of going into a good high school. I would like to apply for the PEACH Foundation’s 2020 financial aid. Having the financial aid will allow me to focus on my study and be a better student.