PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER

November, 2011, issue No. 30

Dear fellow PEACH members:

 

This year our newsletter coincides with PEACH’s ten year anniversary and we hope to celebrate it with all of you. I created PEACH ten years ago with very like-minded friends and have since helped 3600 children. 600 of those children have already graduated from college and are now working in various fields. Some have returned to their villages to become teachers, some have become principals at elementary schools, some are working in banks, some are working in offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Out of the five staff members who work in PEACH’s Kunming office, four were once PEACH kids. My dream was to have PEACH kids eventually manage the business and I feel like that dream has come true.

 

In ten years, PEACH has not met any major obstacles. The only bumps in the road were the few teachers or principals who were not very cooperative. Fortunately, because all of our kids showed a lot of promise and went on to have successful careers, these little challenges are not even worth mentioning.

 

If not for PEACH, these children would not have had a good chance to go to school. After they graduated from elementary school, they would have just stayed in their village working in the fields or working in other menial labor jobs. To think that they might have gotten married in their teens and had children of their own instead of leading their lives today fills me with fear. The biggest waste of our resources would be to allow these children to remain uneducated, without the opportunity to express their knowledge and intellect and without the opportunity to change their families’ circumstances. I am so happy that we have helped around 3000 children fulfill their dreams and it is all thanks to our dedicated volunteers who have stuck by us faithfully for ten years.

 

Volunteers’ Understanding Tour in October From October 23 to October 29, 2011, ten volunteers attended the Volunteers’ Understanding Tour in Yulong county, Yunnan. They have already been sponsoring PEACH kids for many years but this was the first time that they attended home visits and personally witnessed how PEACH kids maintain a positive outlook through their hardships and difficult circumstances. The children’s innocence and simplicity as well as their fighting spirit to overcome all obstacles deeply touched the volunteer uncles and aunties.

 

Home Visits by Staff Members in November From October30 to November13, 2011, I, along with the Chair of our Board Members in Taiwan, Anli Chao, and four other staff members went to Ninglang, Yongsheng, Lushui, and Honghe to visit 196 kids’ homes. We also accepted more kids into PEACH. These four counties are new locations but the extent of their poverty fits with our standards for scholarships.

 

Honghe County PEACH has already sponsored students in the neighboring Yuanyang County and Lu chun County but we thought that if we went to visit Honghe and it was an appropriate place for PEACH to do some work, then it could become a new location for us. After we went, we really couldn’t leave again. I asked myself “Why didn’t we come sooner?” Honghe County is very poor; parts of the village looked as rundown as Yuanyang County did ten years ago. The dirt roads were very difficult to walk on; the mud bricks holding the houses together were all cracked; the tiles on the roof were covered with moss; and houses swayed, threatening to fall… We had been trying so hard to find a new location so PEACH could expand that we didn’t realize that what we were looking for was under our noses the entire time!

 

Honghe County’s vast expanse of terrace fields surpasses Yuanyang’s in size and beauty and you don’t need to buy tickets! The architecture of the east gate of the county is unique; it is as just as beautiful and unique as that of the ShanXi Qiao’s Grand Courtyard and the bird watching in Xishan park is very entertaining. We invite you to sign up for the Volunteer Understanding Tour in October, 2012. Please refer to the next newsletter for more information.

 

Every time new children join PEACH, Chairwoman Anli Chao and I try to be as involved as possible by trying to complete 100% of the home visits. We want to personally familiarize ourselves with every child’s home situation. In ten years, this has always been the way we recruit new children and we believe that it is this aspect that makes PEACH stand out from other non-profit organizations.

 

The economy in China is starting to take a turn for the better and the government is offering more aid but there are still many parts in China that are extremely poor. Millions of children can not afford to go to school and even if we add 1000 new kids to PEACH every year it would still take us tens of thousands of years to finish helping all the kids who need us. What I want to do is to increase the speed at which we are working and work harder to help more children. Of course, my dear friends, this will all depend on you to help to make this a reality. As of today, PEACH has already reached its ten year mark. For the past ten years, we have added 400 new students every year. Starting this year, we estimate that we will be adding 600 to 700 new students to PEACH each year. We would like to ask you to spread the words on the work what PEACH has been doing and to invite more friends to join PEACH.

 

2012 English Summer Camp: Registration starts now, ends on 1/31/2012

 

First Session: 7/9/2012-7/20/2012 in Yuangyang County, Yunnan Spots are still available

Second Session: 7/21/2012-7/20/2012 in Yulong County, Yunnan Spots are still available

 

PEACH magazine 11th edition To celebrate the ten year anniversary of PEACH, PEACH kids sent in their responses to “The Change in Me After Ten Years with PEACH Foundation” They described the changes they saw in themselves and in the lives of their families after joining PEACH. They were very honest, open and sincere in describing their feelings; every word brought me tears. We can't translate the whole magazine to English, we choose two articles as a presentation. Enjoy.

 

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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PEACH Changed My Fate

Shanghai Liang Jian Biotechnology Limited, Inc. Employee Zheng Wen Li

 

My home was up in the high mountains- Sichuan Province’s Liang Shan, Yi people’s self-governed village, a place that many called Utopia, a place that is separated from the outside world. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I didn’t know what a traffic light or crosswalk looked like until I graduated from high school and went to Xi Chang. The people in our village depended on the skies for food; if it didn’t rain, we had nothing to eat. Not being able to pay the measly couple hundred of yuan for tuition or to fulfill the most basic survival needs, I never dared to dream of a life filled with happiness and contentment. Thankfully, this is when PEACH came in and gave me the life that I have now.

I joined PEACH in ’04 and under the guidance and support of all the uncles and aunties, I finished high school and graduated from Jiang Xi’s Nan Chang University. After I graduated from college, I came to the glamorous Shanghai to work.

I worked in Shanghai for around two years as a drug sales representative until I got to where I am today, the manager of several pharmaceutical stores. Auntie Ruth’s Happy Life philosophies have always guided me in my work and in my personal life. I not only paid off my debt from college, but I also built a new house for my family and paid for my brother’s wedding. Without PEACH’s help, I never would have imagined that all these things could ever happen to me. With PEACH’s support, my entire family and home have undergone extreme changes, and all of our lives have changed as a result.

In Shanghai, the most important things that I learned were to turn the impossible into the possible, to continually challenge myself and my goals and to always have confidence in my future.

 

If I Didn’t Have PEACH

Kunming, Yunnan PEACH Foundation Staff Gary Su

 

If I didn’t have PEACH, today I could only watch over my 1.3 acres of land, work as soon as the sun rises, rest only after the sun sets and constantly worry about where my next meal would come from.

If I didn’t have PEACH, I might foolishly have gotten married before I turned twenty, foolishly had kids, then I would have had to spend the rest of my life struggling to provide for those kids, and fighting for water to irrigate the fields.

If I didn’t have PEACH, I would have never come to the city and would never have known how beautiful a city could be.

If I didn’t have PEACH, I wouldn’t know what I know now. I wouldn’t know what it means to bring pain to your friends and joy to your enemies, what the slang for “to pack up leftovers” means or what it means to “go dutch.” I might have been like my cousin, finally making it to the big city, earning thousands of yuan each month yet not having any plans. I would have had lofty ideals of what brotherhood and loyalty meant, tripping over my own feet trying to please people I’ve only known for a couple of months. After working for ten years, I would have gone home empty-handed.

If I didn’t have PEACH, I might never have gotten the chance to ride in an airplane; I would have been just riding a tractor to the market. After arriving in beautiful Lijiang, flourishing Shanghai and historical Nanjing would have been even more impossible.

Three thousand students who would have only been able to stand outside of a school looking in are now able to fulfill their dreams of finishing high school and attending college, all thanks to PEACH. And I, I am just one lucky kid out of thousands.

 

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