Promoting Education, Art, and Community Harvest
PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
December 2020, issue No. 57
Translated by George Wang
Here is a great news: one of our PEACH students was admitted to the Tsinghua University to study Chemical Biology. Li Qing (18808) is the second student, in our eighteen years of operation, to acquire such an honor. Many of our PEACH students have been admitted to the national key universities, such as Beihang University, Beijing Foreign Studies University, East China Normal University, Wuhan University, etc. To attend Tsinghua, Li has achieved a new height for PEACH graduates. In the letter to her sponsor, Li wrote “I benefitted tremendously from the PEACH Summer Camp. I learn to communicate my gratitude toward family members. It brings mom and me closer than ever. She seems to be happier, put out more smiles and is willing to accept her illness. She is optimistic about her treatment. Meditation becomes a routine that allows me to stay calm and think through issues. Studying turns out to be an integral part of my daily activities, and not just a burden. ”
We will admit 1,300 new children in 2021(1000 Chinese kids, 300 Myanmar kids). During this tax planning season, we sincerely ask for your help to promote our tax-deductible donation to your relatives and friends. Your continuing support to the organization is greatly appreciated.
2020 summer camps and volunteer trip were cancelled due to pandemic risks. Our seven staff members continue to carry on daily operations in areas of scholarships, library, medical services, and staff home visits.
Myanmar Project—Our original plan was to visit the orphanages before we would release the funding to the students. The worsening pandemic disrupted this plan. In light of the dire financial circumstance of these orphanages, we decided to act first and granted scholarship to 150 students.
Our sponsor, Ms. Yuen, donated a water purifier to Lashio Shuanglong Chinese School. The faculty and students can now enjoy clean drinking water. Ms. Yuen will donate three more purifiers: two to Lashio Heimenglong Chinese School and one to Dibo Buddhist School. North Myanmar Culture Foundation is authorized to recommend other qualified schools for water purifier.
Staff Home Visit Trip –PEACH staffs conducted home visits to 1055 students living in 11 counties. Their tasks are to communicate with the teachers, visit the current PEACH students, and conduct home-visits to discover children who need the most help.
Many teachers requested PEACH’s assistance. The tuition and living expense is still an insurmountable barrier to many, in spite of the government subsidy and programs aimed at eradicating rural poverty.
2021 Summer Camps – schedule as follows. Please join us and register.
4/1-4/7/2021 at Mingalar orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar
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.
2021 Volunteer Exploration Trip The next volunteer group is now opened for registration. It is scheduled for Oct 16th to 23th, 2021 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.
Attached are three articles written by PEACH staffs. The children need support from you, your relatives and friends. Any amount donation is greatly appreciated!
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Joe was sponsored by PEACH in 2002, and he has been working in PEACH since 2008.
November 8th, house visit at Zhichang village: Zong and his three brothers are all PEACH students. In 2015, Ruth admitted the eldest brother. A picture was taken then with the five brothers, lining up by their heights. At the time, the family had seven school-age sons.
In 2018, I met an old, withering woman at the house. “Are you the Grandma?” I asked. To my embarrassment, she was their mother. She was also holding a baby. “Whose child is this?” “She is my youngest daughter”, she replied. She had eight kids and seven of them were in school with good grade. “You already have eight good kids. Just to provide for them is a big task”, I said, “You don’t need another kid, don’t you?” “No, no more”, said she.
Today, I visit this house again. Nothing changes. The black-and-white TV is the only household electronic appliance. Four kids, big and small, are packed into one single bed. I asked about their ages and grades. When it came to the youngest one, she told me, “This is my youngest daughter. She is six months old.” Alas, she had another child. She has two sons in college, two in high school, one in junior high, two in elementary, and two little baby girls. Nine kids in total. The father works out of town on sundry jobs. The four kids in higher education stay in school dormitory most of the time. When it comes to summer and winter vacations, the younger ones get to sleep on the bed, the older ones have to camp on the floor.
Hard working parents
Gary was sponsored by PEACH in 2002, and he has been working in PEACH since 2007.
Student Mao: A 9th grader. Mao’s mother remarried and her father became the son-in-law of another family in Lincang. People advised Grandma to send Mao off to her father — “You have no business in raising a child”, they said. Grandma: “I wrestled with the decision for a long time too. What happens if we end up starving? I grow some vegetables next to the house to support us. My granddaughter is doing well in school. She is entering high school next year and I have no idea how to pay for it. I can only take one day at a time.”
Student Zi: The house gate is propped by a stick. Stepping inside, the court yard is covered with cut grass to feed cow. Father is 73 years old, mother 60, and Zi is in 9th grade. The cow is intended to pay for Zi’s high school expenses. Father: “My back was injured in the 2015 earthquake. I can barely work.” His tone is defiant, tingling with a sad resignation to fate. Facing with the mounting expenses of high school, he shifts his gaze to the cow pen. It is as if all his hope is vested in it.
Mother and her kids
Mother and her kids
Student Tang: A 7th grader, no left thumb, was given up at birth. The foster father is 60, foster mother 76. The foster father is partially paralyzed and with crippled legs. The mother lost her left eye sight from a detached retina. They own two cows and one pig. The foster parents worry about Tang if they both become fully disabled. Without them, what would happen to their son?
Student Lu: The family has four kids in school. Father is mentally retarded and mother is a deaf. Grandparents are in their eighties. They raise corn and potato. Father: “Junior high should be their last stop. I will be happy if they can finish junior high.” After hearing this, I decided to admit Lu and Lu’s siblings to PEACH.
In the mountain areas of Yunnan, landslides occur frequently during the rainy season of September. When it happens, the normal trip time of 1-2 hours to school turns into 4-5 hours. Poverty is like landslide; it makes going to school so much harder. And, many students were swept to the roadside. It takes steely determination and strenuous effort to surpass the hurdle. I wish all our students can overcome the landslide of poverty and reach out to their goals.
Road to a better life
Lucy was sponsored by PEACH in 2006, and she has been working in PEACH since 2015.
I joined PEACH in 2015. Since then I have conducted many house visits. I enjoy visiting students at their homes. I gain a personal knowledge of them and their families. I also enjoy the scenery. Some houses are situated deep in the mountain and demand arduous hiking to reach them. The local teacher once wonders how a girl like me can endure such hardship. “I am a PEACH graduate”, I said, “I used to walk three hours to school, carrying a sack of 10kg grains on my back. I am well trained.”
Student Li: According to the local teacher, many villages have benefitted from government’s effort in alleviating poverty. As a result, roads were paved to connect villages to the outside world. This village, however, fell through the crack and was left out in the cold. Neither Ludian nor Zhaoyang cares to take responsibility for this village. The government audit team never sets foot here. As a result, this village stays unchanged for decades: muddy, potholed trails and run-down houses. The teacher pointed to a mud-bricked pigsty and that was my student’s house. Adding one cow and three pigs, thus comprise all the household assets.