Sep 8, 2017

New Bookshelf at Xijiadou Elementary School

Dear Donors,

Time flies! Fall is just around corner. As a new school semester is starting, we would like to introduce to you a new school that we worked with in the past summer.  

Xijiadou Elementary School, located in Guangling County, was founded in 1928. Over the years, the faculty and staff at Xijiadou had worked very hard to improve the students’ learning experience. They built multimedia classrooms, a music room, an art studio, a library, and a computer lab as well as bought sports equipment and internet covering the whole campus. The faculty also sought self-improvement as they incorporated peer evaluation and collaborative teaching into their routine. Now, with 455 students and 32 teachers, Xijiadou is rated as one of the top schools in Guangling county for the quality of education it provides.

One of Xijiadou’s curriculum ideologies is that the school should nurture an interest and appreciation for reading in students. However, while trying to create the ideal reading atmosphere for the students, the faculty met difficulties. Even though the school library holds more than 9,000 books, the books are not readily accessible to the students. The library, being a small room filled with high shelfs, does not have sufficient lighting and space for students to read. To read outside the library, the students would have to borrow books through the librarian. The librarian, being one of the teachers, is often busy and not there to answer students’ requests. The faculty felt that this situation greatly hindered the students from gaining a good reading experience. Therefore, they came up with the idea of building a bookshelf wall along the main corridor in the academic building.

This past summer, with a little more than 7,000 RMB from you, we put together a brand new bookshelf wall for Xijiadou. The bookshelf holds more than 1,000 books and is accessible to the students 24/7. The students were very excited and the faculty indeed observed more students reading each day. Before we left, Xijiadou also became a participant of our reading program, where the students would get books (classics, science, art, history, etc.) from us at no cost as long as the teachers agree to spend ten minutes each day reading the books to the students. We hope reading can enrich the lives of the students and help them see the world through an open mind. On behalf of all students and faculty at Xijiadou, we thank you for your generosity. Without you, none of these could have been possible.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

OCEF

new bookshelf
new bookshelf
children reading
children reading
getting new books
getting new books

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Apr 17, 2017

Happy Spring!

Dear Donors,

Happy Spring!

This time we would like to share with you the story of Ms. Feng. Ms. Feng is a teacher at Gaowan Elementary School in Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province. She has been teaching at Gaowan since March, 2011. Throughout these six years, her remarkable knowledge of the subject matter, engaging teaching style, outstanding classroom management skills, and strong rapport with students have earned her the respect and trust of everyone around her. However, unbeknown to her students, outside the classroom Ms. Feng’s own life is full of difficulties. In 2014, Ms. Feng’s father passed away, leaving her as the only breadwinner in the family. With barely over $100 a month, Ms. Feng has to support two younger siblings, who are in middle and high schools, and her grandfather, who is in his eighties and often needs extensive medical care. Even Ms. Feng herself admitted once that if it were not for her passion for education and love for her students, she would have stopped teaching at Gaowan.

Ms. Feng’s colleagues, after knowing her living conditions, reached out to OCEF. As an organization that supports education in rural China, we feel that we can and should help Ms. Feng. Starting from Spring 2017, Ms. Feng will participate in our Teacher Aid Program. We hope that by providing regular financial assistance to Ms. Feng, we can make her life easier and allow her to stay longer with her students at Gaowan.

In rural China, due to poverty and desolation, many schools like Gaowan are unable to offer fair wages and employee benefits and, as a result, have great difficulty hiring enough professionally trained teachers. These schools then have to rely on teachers like Ms. Feng, who are willing to work with 1/10 to 1/20 of the regular teacher salary. OCEF's Teacher Aid Program, established in 2006, aims to help these teachers. We provide both financial assistance and additional professional training to those who experience financial hardship but remain committed to teaching educationally deprived children in rural areas. In this way, we can help keep good teachers available for the students. As of now, OCEF has helped more than 700 teachers like Ms. Feng. We could not have done this without your help.

Thank you so much for your generosity and kindness.

Sincerely,

OCEF

Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province
Haiyuan County, Ningxia Province
children at Gaowan
children at Gaowan
Ms. Feng teaching a class
Ms. Feng teaching a class

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Jan 1, 2017

New Year Greetings from OCEF

Dear Donors,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season!

Another year has come, and we would like to take this time to express our deep gratitude for your generous support over the past year. Most notably, on November 29th, in the MatchAMillion fundraising event, you helped us raise $36,485 and win $17,150 of matching funds from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. These donations will be able to help a great number of students to continue their education or study in a better environment, given that currently $100, $150, $350 can support an elementary, middle, high school student for an entire school year, respectively.

Also in last month, we finished distributing school uniforms for the students at Donggang Elementary School. Donggang Elementary School, located in Donggang Village, Hunan Province, has a total of 282 students, plus 58 children in its affiliated kindergarten, and 15 teachers. The students come from seven nearby villages, with about 80% of them living with their grandparents, for their parents had left home and went somewhere else for work. Over the years, Donggang’s administrators had made various efforts to improve school facilities but had always been struggling to pull together enough funds to cover the costs. In 2011, in order to build an acceptable kitchen and cafeteria for the students and teachers, the school went into debt. That was when OCEF started to work with the school and, since then, the school’s administrators and OCEF volunteers have worked together in several projects, including setting up new dining tables, new kitchen equipment, new classroom desk and chair sets, and expanding the school library. This time, $2,900 of your donations plus $400 from Xi Liang Chuan Foundation went to Donggang and gave all of its students new clothes to wear in the new year.

Without you, none of these would have been possible. Thank you for your kindness through all this time.

We wish you great happiness and prosperity in 2017. Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Overseas China Education Foundation

Donggang Elementary School
Donggang Elementary School
a student wearing her new school uniform
a student wearing her new school uniform
children reading in their free time
children reading in their free time
students in class
students in class
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform
Students with new uniform

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