PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
April, 2012, issue No. 31
Dear PEACH partners:
In 2012, PEACH has added 650 children, of whom 250 have found sponsors, while 400 are yet to be supported. We are sincerely asking for more support from you, your friends and relatives.
The region of Yunnan is experiencing a three-year drought, which makes lives miserable for people and farm animals. Children from Yulong County told us that in past years their family harvested thousands pounds of potatoes, which after sufficiently feeding the family could be sold to subsidize tuitions and fees. However, this year water shortage was so severe that 90% of the crops became desiccated. Their father resorted to raising a few sheep at home while the mother went to work as a dish-washer in a restaurant. In Yuanyang, Lvchun and Honghe counties, large fields that were meant to be sowed in February are now barren because of the drought.
Student Medical Fund
The health of the children has always been our worry; due to the lacking of a sanitary environment, proper nutrition, and habits of cleanliness, they become sick quite frequently and indiscriminately. From small cases like flu and cold's to big ones like pulmonary tuberculosis, to even meningitis which resulted in death. The followings are a few instances:
Zhu XX, female student of Yulong Minority High school, having punctured ear-drums on both ears, processed less than one-third of an ordinary man's auditory sensitivity. Because of that deficiency, she has extremely low self-esteem. We had visited all seven hospitals in Kunming but were turned down by all. On 2/17, physicians of The Second People's Hospital in Yunnan performed a procedure for the repairing; her hearing has been greatly improved.
Fan XX, female student of Yuanyang No.1 High School shares congenital cataracts on both eyes with her brother; but having no money, both are suffering to these days. With minimal visual acuity in identifying the blurry silhouettes in the room, both have the equivalent of a 90% vision loss. On 2/24, surgical insertion of synthetic lens were performed at the Red Cross Hospital in Yunnan; after the surgery, visual acuity has been increased while fell short of an ordinary person's--a fortunate occurrence nonetheless.
Yi XX, female student of Yunnan Forestry Technical College, was diagnosed with spontaneous pneumothorax on her right chest, a lung disorder that calls for open surgical procedure. Having never heard of such big and invasive surgery, the poor girl was horrified. We later brought her to Kunming Medical University's First Affiliated Hospital to have the surgery performed, which, we're glad to report, was another great success.
And then there were He XX, Chen XX, and others that had acquired chronic diseases which required continuous visits to the hospitals. In 2011, our medical fund had paid out about $20,000, while our 2012 budget for medical found will call for $25,000. Said amount has yet to be met, and we plead for your supports.
This summer there will be two sessions held for the camps, and a flood of volunteers' applications has the vacancy filled in no time. As for the latter October's volunteer inspection trip, it's filled as well. However, applications for the 2013 Summer Camps are now open.
The 2013 Summer Camps schedule is as followed:
1st Session: 7/9/2013í¬7/20/2013 in Yuanyang, Yunnan,
2nd Session: 7/21/2013í¬7/30/2013 in Yulong or Yongsheng, Yunnan, to be arranged.
In February of 2012, 18 Peach college students visited 262 recipients' homes in 60 plus villages from Yunnan's 5 counties of Yuanyang, Lvchun, Lushui, Ninglang, and Yongsheng; all told some 95% of homes were qualified.
Enclosed please find a few autobiographies by our kids, a series of writing we call í░the depth of hearts of the Peach children."
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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 studentsí» 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.
10035 He xx, 9th grade, Female
My family consists of my mother, my older sister and me. I am the luckiest because I can study in the nice bright classroom and learn from the teachers.
My father got very sick when I was in the 5th grade, and he never got better even though we sold everything we had and borrowed money from anyone who was willing to loan us money to pay for his medical expenses. We lost him after 4 bitter years of struggle.
After my father passed away, my sister had to drop out of school. She found a hard labor job in Lijiang to help support my schooling. I also thought about dropping out when I saw how hard my mother and my sister had to work. However, my mother always reminded me, í░Your sister dropped out of school for you. You must study hard. Weí»re waiting for you to become successful.í▒ Whenever I think of my motherí»s words, my sisterí»s prayers, and my own dreams, I tell myself that one day, I will bring smiles to my motherí»s face again, and I will make sure my sisterí»s sacrifices are not in vain.
Our home is in bad condition and it leaks everywhere. Whenever it rained, we had to find buckets to catch the water; otherwise, we couldní»t even find a dry spot to sleep. Our kitchen is old and dark, and we often find dirty things in our dishes that fell from the ceiling. My mother works on the farm everyday, and she makes about 800RMB a year by selling the crops. Oftentimes before school starts, my mother has to borrow money from others to pay for my tuition because we simply doní»t have enough. I feel her love in each of the bills she has paid.
10042 Hou XX, 9th grade, Female
I was born in poverty, but I never complained, because I thought I was lucky in other ways. We have 4 people in the family: my father, my mother, my younger sister and me. My mother was always in poor health, and my sister and I also got sick easily. From 2006 to 2008, I got so sick three different times that required me to stay in the hospital. My sister also got sick for more than 2 months in 2007. My parents not only spent every dime they had, but also owed money to the bank, many friends and relatives. My father is the pillar of our family, but he is also handicapped. He lost sight in one eye when he was little. With this handicap, he was not able to find day labor jobs in the town; therefore, all our living expenses came from the small farmland we have. Our family annual income is less than 2000RMB, which isní»t even enough to cover our medical bills.
I love studying and I believe in the power of education to change lives. I have been able to maintain good grades since elementary school, but I was not able to attend the better school in the county because we had no money. I dropped out of school for a year in middle school due to illness, but I worked really hard after returning to school. I am the top student in my grade, and I am determined that I will keep doing the best I can regardless of how tough the situation gets.
10043 Yang XX, 9th grade, Female
My father had a drinking problem and he often became nasty toward my mother when he got drunk. My mother finally divorced my father. My mother took me with her, while my brother stayed with my father after their divorce. My mother and I had a very tough time making a living after we left our home. We lived in a shed and we had only vegetables to eat. Worst yet, my mother broke her leg in a car accident and I had to take care of most of the housework in addition to my normal school work. Life was tough, but my mother and I had each other.
Three years after my parentsí» divorce, my mother learned that my father forced my brother to drop out of school because my father had no money to pay for the tuition. My mother decided to go the nearest town to work as a day laborer to support our family. At the meantime, my fatherí»s drinking problems worsened.
My mother worked very hard, but we never had enough money to pay for our familyí»s food and for our schooling. So when my brother got sick, we had to borrow money. During that time, I thought about dropping out of school to help pay back the loan, but my mother would not allow it. She said that she would keep us in school no matter how hard she had to work. Both my brother and I are doing well in school because we doní»t want to disappoint our mother.
Now, I am in 9th grade and I help broadcasting in my school. I understand the challenge that comes with the added responsibility, but I am proud to share my voice with my schoolmates. I know the road ahead is long and challenging, but I am determined to be the best I can because I know this is the only way I can show my mother how much I appreciate everything she does for me.