Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
August 2020, issue No. 56
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 children this year. With everyone’s support, 995 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 505 children. We would like to thank you and your family for the unwavering support during this difficult time.
Staff Home Visit Trip – During May 11-21, PEACH staffs conducted home visits to 179 students living in 26 towns covering the counties of Yulong, Lushui, Ludian, and Huize. In May 25-30, staff traveled to the five counties in Dehong prefecture: Ruili, Mangshi, Longchuan, Yingjiang, and Lianghe. This trip covered 245 students in 44 towns. The qualified students can expect to receive theirin September.
Myanmar Project – PEACH has contracted with 40 orphanages and Chinese schools in Myanmar to provide support and scholarships. In June, the Mingalar orphanage sent an urgent request for financial assistance. Due to the pandemic, the donations to charity have dwindled down significantly. The orphanage was on the verge of not being able to feed its students. We verified the situation and decided to release funds to the three poorest orphanages. We will remit scholarships to the other orphanages and Chinese schools when we have better information about their situations.
We are holding a summer camp next year between April 1-7 at Mingalar orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar. This is our first summer camp in Myanmar. We need volunteers to teach English and volunteers with medical background to provide physical check-ups for the students. If you are interested in joining the trip, please contact us.
2020 summer camps and volunteer trips have been cancelled due to pandemic risks. We regret the disruption to your plans. 2021 Summer Camps – schedule as follows. Please join us and register.
Session A: 7/17-7/27/2021 at Ludian, Yunnan Province.
Session B: 7/26-8/5/2021 at Huize, Yunnan Province.
Session C: 8/5-8/13/2021 at Yulong, Yunnan Province.
Good News – We are pleased to report that this summer, 1,154 PEACH students completed their middle school education and are going to high school, 1,121 PEACH students graduated from high school and are heading to college, and 496 college students graduated and joined the workforce. This accomplishment belongs to all of you, our sponsors. Thank you. The individual reports of your sponsored children will be mailed to you shortly.
Unsanctioned Money Transfer – It has come to our attention that there were incidents where PEACH students contacted their sponsors for money. Usually the alleged reasons involved the decease of a family member, being a victim of a scam, or an urgent payment. In June, a graduate of PEACH borrowed money from sponsor under the guise of medical treatment for mom. The loan went into default eventually after several collection attempts.
We have repeatedly requested sponsors not to have any financial transactions (money transfer, promise, and guarantee) with students directly. Any of such financial activities should be channeled through PEACH. Giving money privately to students will hurt donors, children and PEACH. We are aware that such instances do exist, mostly out of the charity and kindness of the sponsor.
We understand that all our sponsors are kind and caring. PEACH in fact had established a small loan program to address such urgent needs from students. Please notify us if your students asking for financial help from you. If you would like to provide extra assistance to your students, please channel it through PEACH.
Status Report – PEACH currently collaborates with fifteen counties in Yunnan. Among them, there are five new counties from Dehong prefecture. China has been working on alleviating poverty for years, yet there are still students and their families that need PEACH’s assistance. The teachers and students of our collaborating schools all have expressed their desire for the continuous support from PEACH. We will continue to evaluate and explore our targeted schools and position ourselves accordingly.
Last year, we reached out to Myanmar and started our program there. There are many poor children in Myanmar that are in dire need of our support and assistance. Through education, these poor students will have the opportunity to complete their education, have decent jobs, and lead a prosperous life. We can motivate these students and helped them to reach a prosperous and fulfilling life. There are many challenges in front of us. We are grateful to you for your steadfast support in this worthy cause of helping poor students.
We are recruiting volunteer English translators to work on student materials. If you are interested, please contact us via email.
Also attached are two Myanmar kids’ biographies and a copy of the PEACH magazine. The magazine is a forum where the students delineate their heart-wrenching stories. We truly appreciate if you can share them with your friends and family.
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201266 Khow xx, Female, 7th grade (Myanmar)
Translated by George Wang
I came from Nankun village in northern Shan province. My father passed away before I was born. According to the Jingpo custom, Mom remarried to my uncle. As a result, I have three siblings in my family. I am the eldest daughter. Our big family comprises grandparents, our family, and my uncle and aunt.
The village school provides education through the fourth grade only. To continue the education, we would have to walk three kilometers to the next village school. The road to the next school is rugged and frequently a contending battlefield between rival forces. It is too dangerous to travel every day. My parents worked long hours and we could barely manage to have two meals each day. As a result, I was sent to the Hosanna orphanage for school. I am a seventh grader now.
Our livelihood depends on the harvest of rice. If rice price is low, the whole family suffers. I don’t have money to buy school textbooks most of the time. Sometimes I return to home to take care of my sibling when my parents go out of town. Our village has no electricity. To study in the night, I use solar lamplight or candles for illumination. During rainy season, candle is the only option. The storm would shake up the house violently and keep me awake all night. After the storm, the road would turn into a muddy swamp. The winter here is frigid and we don’t have enough clothes to stay warm.
Both of my parents are illiterate. They had high hopes for me; they sent me away to have a better opportunity for studying. I enjoy reading and I spend after-lunch hours at the library. Reading excites me. I will follow my parents’ wish and complete my study through the 10th grade. When I grow up, I would like to be a teacher to help those poor, war-torn students and orphans.
201268 Shu xx, Female, 7th grade (Myanmar)
Translated by George Wang
I came from Nankun village in northern Shan province. Our village provides no basic amenities and has been torn by the ongoing war. To escape from the gun fighting, the villagers would escape to the hill to take refuge. We often suffer hunger when war rages on.
Once we were in the classroom when a gun battle broke out. The teachers and us were all frozen in terror. How should we escape and where should we go? Who should we bring? We had no clue to those questions. The school closes when there is a fighting. Our school provides education through the fourth grade only. The teachers are kind and devoted to students. However, the lack of qualified teachers limits how much we can learn under such an environment.
The winter weather in the village is harsh and we suffer daily from insufficient clothes. After the fourth grade, we would have to walk three kilometers to a neighboring model village to continue the education. There is no paved road to the village, only walking trails. To visit a clinic or hospital, one needs to walk five kilometers. Some patients passed away because they couldn’t make it to the hospital in time.
I was sent to Hosanna due to family poverty. I am thirteen years old and a seventh grader. My parents are farmers; they work hard to survive. In addition to farming, they live on selling chopped woods, wild vegetables, and working as a hired farm labor. They have no formal education and they want me to be educated. I enjoy reading, writing, and music. I study hard and my dream is to be a doctor. I am a diligent student and I receive A’s in all the tests. If I could be a doctor one day, I would build a library, hospital, and paved road for our village.