PEACH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER
November, 2011, issue No. 30
Dear fellow PEACH members:
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
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.
Understanding Tour in October From October 23 to October 29, 2011, ten volunteers
attended the Volunteers’ Understanding Tour in Yulong county,
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.
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
Second Session: 7/21/2012-7/20/2012 in
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.
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.
Phone：650-525-1188 fax: 650-525-9688
PEACH Changed My Fate
Shanghai Liang Jian Biotechnology Limited, Inc. Employee Zheng Wen Li
home was up in the high mountains-
joined PEACH in ’04 and under the guidance and support of all the uncles and aunties, I finished high school and graduated from Jiang
If I Didn’t Have PEACH
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.
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
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.