发信人: hone (磨刀石), 信区: Donation
标 题: OCEF捐款人快讯 2014年4月号 Donor Newsflash Apr 2014
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OCEF Donor Newsflash
Project Update: Online Book Donation
The picture above witnessed the book-passing event organized at Jijie
Elementary School in Guangnan County, Yunnan Province, the first school to
benefit from OCEF's Online Book Donation Program. The kids' longing for
books and their excitement upon receiving this gift from our donors are
written all over their faces.
The Online Book Donation Program is one of the many OCEF programs aimed at
collecting books for rural schools. Volunteers carefully selected the most
suitable titles based on the student population as well as their age and
needs at each school, and then created wish lists on book-selling websites.
Donors can simply choose items from a wish list to purchase, and the book-
seller will handle everything else per prior arrangement. The process makes
it a breeze for donors anywhere in the world to donate books through the
Internet. The targeted schools have gone through careful screening by OCEF.
Once the books are delivered, volunteers will follow up to help the schools
organize library procedures and reading programs, and to encourage the kids
to read more.
Since it was launched at Jijie Elementary School, the Online Book Donation
Program team has organized similar campaigns for other schools, including
Zhalong Elementary in Lichuan, Guansu, Baliqiao Elementary in Yinchuan,
Ningxia, Nantian Elementary in Dawu, Hubei, Yantou Elementary in Yongzhou,
Hunan. Currently, the program in focusing on Nanyuezhuang Elementary School
in Guangling Cunty, Shanxi Province. If you would like to help, please take
a moment to browse thewish list, buy a few books, and experience the program
first hand. In the future, we will add more schools in need to the Onlone
Book Donation Program, and your generous support will always be appreciated.
For more information, please check out this link: http://china.ocef.org/bbs/thread-88038-1-1.html.
Feedback from an OCEF-Sponsored Student
My name is H, I am 26 years old, and I graduated with [the equivalent of] an
Associate Degree in July 2012.
I grew up in a little village called Yingguang’ai, in the mountains of
Mabian County, Sichuan Province. It is a beautiful place with good climate,
lush vegetation, clear streams, and loving people. I had a very simple but
enjoyable childhood—simple, because rural kids did not have much to do but
playing hide-and-seek, rope-jumping, or catching birds in winter and
dragonflies in summer.
My elementary school was on another hilltop. Every morning, a group of kids
would walk to school together, with older ones helping out the younger ones.
It typically took us an hour to complete the trip on the winding mountain
trail, crossing a river on a single-plank bridge and a highway. I studied
very hard but had to drop out after graduating from elementary school
because of financial hardships at home, and that kindled a yearning for
further schooling in my mind.
Two years later, my dream came true thanks to my parents’ tireless effort,
and I went to junior high in our local township. Three years after that, I
was admitted to senior high with excellent academic credentials. Then I had
another dream: I wanted to go to a great college and then land a great job
to help my family out. I wanted to be a teacher so that I could contribute
to the education of other kids in my hometown.
Hard work earned me good marks and I became one of the 20 or so students in
my class with the best chance to go to college. My academic performance and
financial situation got me partial tuition waiver from the school and
sponsorship from OCEF. Despite of my frugal life style, my schooling was
still a big burden to my family as the living expenses were higher in the
town where my school was and the tuition was twice the amount for my junior
high. When I received my college admission, I was working in a supermarket
and had been thinking about giving up my college dream. A relative told me:
"It would be a waste of so many years of hard work if you give up now. You
are the first one around here to be admitted to college, and I will loan you
the money for tuition." I was in tears when I heard that—that was when I
realized how much college really meant to me.
College life greatly broadened my horizon and I constantly warned myself not
to waste this precious opportunity. I studied very hard and engaged in all
kinds of extracurricular activities and practical training. These activities
helped me improve my academic abilities and practical skills while at the
same time reducing the financial burden to my family. At this point I got
sponsorship from OCEF again, which smoothed the way for me to get through
After graduation I found a job but the company was soon facing bankruptcy.
So I returned to my hometown to work for the marketing department of a
supermarket, only to be forced to quit a month later for health reasons.
Later I became a chemistry teacher in a middle school in a nearby town
inhabited by the Yi people and realized my dream of being a teacher.
Although the conditions are even tougher than in my home township, I am very
Growing up in a rural environment made me strong and honest. A happy
childhood and strong family ties gave me an energetic and open-minded
personality. A busy high school schedule shaped my diligent work habit. A
full and varied college life helped me develop excellent organization and
communication skills. My work experiences after college enhanced my
understanding of the society and my sense of responsibility. Because of
these qualities and my appreciation for OCEF, I want to be an OCEF volunteer
. I am grateful to OCEF, deeply respect OCEF, and would love an opportunity
to give back to the society.
Upcoming Event: GlobalGiving Bonus Day Competition
If you are planning to donate to OCEF during the second quarter, here is an
opportunity to let your hard-earned dollar make a greater impact to the kids
. Please consider participating in a small online donation canpaign and turn
a $100 donation into $115.
Event: GlobalGiving.org Bonus Day
When: May 7th, 9 AM to midnight (EST)
Donation Link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/ocef-edu-equity
Donation Amount Eligible for Matching: $10-$1,000
Matching by GlobalGiving.org: 30% of eligible donations (effectively 15%,
after a 15% administrative fee)
Other Bonuses: Prizes for the charity that raises the most funds and enlists
the most unique donors ($1,000 each)
There will be similar campaigns in the second half of the year, so please
stay tuned. Thank you!
组稿：杨敏 英译：何雪炀 编校：汤柏
Overseas China Education Foundation/海外中国教育基金会
Address/地址: P. O. Box 772436, Houston, Texas 77215-2436, USA
Telephone/电话: (281) 506-2018 E-mail/电子邮件: [email protected]
To make a donation to OCEF/捐款链接: http://ocef.org/donation
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