PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER

May, 2011, issue No. 28

 

Dear fellow PEACH members:

 

In 2011, PEACH takes in 400 new children, of whom 150 are yet to be sponsored. Please spread the words around and invite your friends to sponsor the newly admitted children.

 

Here are some of the current PEACH activities:

 

(1)        From October 23 to 29, 2011, Volunteers' Understanding Tour will take place in YuLong, Yunnan; Please join us.

 

(2)        The 2011 Summer Camps schedule is as follows.

            1st Session:      7/11/2011—7/22/2011 at YuanYang, Yunnan, now full.

            2nd Session:      7/23/2011—8/1/2011 at YuLong, Yunnan, now full.

            3rd Session:     8/2/2011 to 8/12/2011, Elementary School camp at Yuan Yang.

            Note: The Elementary School Summer Camp is not opened to public. Teachers positions are reserved for PEACH college students only.

 

Many people miss the opportunity to join the summer camp this year due to the limitation of spaces. I encourage you to register early for next year.  You may register now.  The dates for camp next year will be similar to the dates of this year.

 

(3)        In February, 2011, 28 PEACH college students traveled to YuanYang, LvChun, NingLang, YuLong counties in Yunnan and YanYuan in Sichuan for home visit.  59 villages in 5 regions, 294 families were inspected to a satisfying 95% qualified rate.

 

(4)        Due to the ever raising Renminbi, inflation is rampant in Mainland China; our PEACH children are living in a dire straits and applications to small loans were noticeably higher than the same period of the pervious year.

 

(5)        In April 2011, the 10th edition of "PEACHER" was published. In the magazine, children  put down their heavy burdens, open the windows in their hearts, express their lives and studying, and describe their future which they strive. We apologize that we are not able to translate it to English, but you may still enjoy the photos which tell a story of thousand words.  I am sure you can see how happy they are. This edition's cover, penned by high school kid Li YangGa of No.1 LvChun High School, features a rainbow-bridge and it's aptly titled "The Rainbow Bridge." Stepping on the rainbow path, numerous children will see their dreams seeded and flourished. 

 

(6)        Enclosed please find a few autobiographies by our kids, series of writings we called "world of the depth of hearts of the Peach children."

 

Best Wishes

 

Ruth Jeng

President

 

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I would like to donate ______ to the medical funds (at an average of US$20 per child.)

I would like to send ______ children to attend Summer Camp (at US$40 each for one week.)

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 mosquito net 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 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 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$250 for a high school student, US$125 for a middle school student.

 

Please make check payable to PEACH FOUNDATION.

 

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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10023 Wang XX, 8th grade, Female

 

 I had barely learned how to walk when I was sent to live with my grandmother, because my parents didn’t have enough food or money to support me. A few years later, my parents got very sick before I was supposed to return home and start school. I ended up attending the elementary school near my grandmother’s house because my parents couldn’t afford to pay both my tuition and medical bills. Although my grandmother and uncle were kind to me, I often cried myself to sleep because I missed my parents.

My family’s financial situation improved somewhat when I grew older, but it was always a struggle for my parents to pay for my medical bills because I often got sick. I tried to study hard, but my grades were lower than where I wished them to be. It was difficult to hear my parents’ sighs of desperation and to look at their faces full of sadness and worry. At one point, I got so depressed that I thought that our situation would be better if I could die in order to relieve the financial pressure I added. I was willing to do anything for my parents, but I hesitated when I saw how young and immature my brother was and how much I would hurt all the people who cared for me. After much struggle, I realized how naive I was by trying to kill myself. Little by little, I finally came out of this difficult stage of my life.

 

10027 He XX, 9th grade, Male

 

I could remember my parents’ constant arguments since I was very young, and it finally stopped when my mother left us. By the time I got to school age, my father didn’t have the money to send me to school. It was with my aunt’s help that both my sister and I were able to go to school. I was only 8 years old and I had to get up very early in the morning, cooking for myself and washed my own clothes. I was always the top student in my classes, and I was never discouraged by the fact that my father could never pay our full tuition. One year, my room teacher came to my home and he was able to waive all the unpaid tuition after learning of our family’s financial situation. I am forever grateful to him.

Starting from the 4th grade, I had to walk 8 kilometers everyday to school. I took care of all the housework after my grandmother passed away. My aunt mostly supported our livelihood since my father failed to provide. Both my sister and I wanted to go to middle school, but we knew that our family simply could not afford to support both us. Finally, my sister decided to drop out so that I could stay in school.

We have an old house and still owe 5000RMB loan on the house. It saddens me every time I go home and ask for living expenses because my father never has money. What can I do?

 

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