Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Strategics Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Longmen Primary School is in Wenshan City in Yunnan Province. There are 7 classes with 270 students. One of the teachers has just resigned.
180 students live in the school, so the teachers take care of the students, giving them breakfast and water (unfortunately there is a water quota because of a local water shortage). The teachers also have to do home visits for drop-out students at the beginning of the semester. What the teachers are really concerned about is that there are no music, PE or English classes for the students. Currently, they are not able to provide such classes. In addition, only a few students complete their 9-year compulsory education because of geographical distance and lack of parental awareness.
For the better cooperation, we did an assessment of the financial transparency of our Chinese partners via TFish platform, microblog and other communication means. We hope the assessment can help us to find a better communication and build a sustainable connection with our Chinese partners. We adopted 3-star standard to assess the transparency once in a quarter during the cooperation period. The following table is the results of assessment in the first quarter of 2013 and 2012:
TFish Chinese NGO Transparency Assessment of 1st Quarter of 2013
The 2012-13 EV Internship is finally coming to a close. Many of our interns - most have interned with us for two years - are headed off to colleges all over the country, and it has never been more appropriate to celebrate their achievements and contributions to TFish Fund. Ally, Emily, Isabel, Janna, Kevin, Lauren, and Sophia: you will be sorely missed.
Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry: Teachers of Kunming International School Visit Yimen Leprosy Village Again
People with leprosy are sent to isolated villages where they are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a special place in its heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to villages plagued with leprosy in order to provide medical, living, and psychological assistance.
On April 15, 2013, Led by Liang Ping from Shalom and volunteers, Maria, principal of Kunming International School, one of the teachers and some parents visited Yimen leprosy village again. Thanks to their participation, we have an increasing team with more and more volunteers.
Xi'an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work.
At 8:02 on April 20, 2013, a 7-magnitude earthquake hit Ya’an of Sichuan Province.
On April 24, 2013, Shanxi 029 Public Welfare Service Center set off to the stricken areas with relief materials.
On April 26, 2013, we met a few families in Tianquan County. They did not have any tents for 7 days, because they were not local or from villages. Their 2 sons went to stricken areas, and they had to stay with their grandson and daughter-in-law.
The Guizhou Dandelion Volunteer Teaching Center provides a professional platform for public welfare, attracting greater resources to poverty-stricken areas, improving education, and allowing more children from rural areas to receive care.
In April, our visits to volunteer teaching sites are ongoing. We hope all the children are healthy and growing. The following pictures show our visits:
Original article written by Guojing Qi, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Little Red Scarf provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle
He was lying in the bed the first time we saw Fuchao. He is 17, and his face looked dark. A big pair of eyes were bloodshot. We knew he was seriously ill. According to his father, he had pneumonia when he was a baby, and his face turned purple. His parents knew something was wrong with his heart, but their family was too poor to afford the medical treatment. Fuchao could ride a bike when he was in the primary school, but he was unable to ride the bike when he grew up due to the lack of oxygen. The school is far away from his home, his mother suffers from mental problem and his father works in the city, so he had to drop out from school and help with some house chores. Unfortunately, he got a cerebral hemorrhage when he was 16. With a timely rescue, he survived, but left the family with heavy debts. Fuchao needed another surgery to repair his skull defect, but the family did not have any money for it.
Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Charity Team was established in May of 2009. It is a NGO working with students from poverty-stricken families.
Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Strategic Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Qujing Special Education School is under construction, but we still feel its warmth. The school lacks water due to droughts. The water supply lasts only 2-3 hours a day. There are 53 blind students and 403 deaf-mute students in the school, which covers primary, secondary and vocational education.
There are 21 students in the class for the blind. 13 of them are low vision, not totally blind. Their vision got worse when they were growing up because they did not receive any treatment or correction.
Liu Hailin is 11, and he is in the class for the blind. His grandmother, father and uncle all have low vision. His eyes have not received any treatment or examination so far.
The smiling girl is Liu Fuyuan. She lived in a remote village when she was a child. Her eyes inflamed, and her father used hydrogen peroxide to treat the inflammation, which caused the loss of function for the corneas. She became blind. Such cases are not rare in special education schools.
Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Charity Team is a non-governmental organization working with students from poverty-stricken families.
At 8:02 on April 20, a 7-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city. Hundreds of people were killed by the quake. To better cooperate with the relief work at quake-hit area, Peng Jie and other 4 volunteers from Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Volunteer Team arrived at Ya’an.
Peng Jie sold his camera and contributed the money to the relief fund. He flew from Tianjin to Chengdu directly and hurried off to Ya’an. The other 4 volunteers arrived at Ya’an on the 21st. The relief work at the moment was transiting from search-and-rescue to settlement. Peng Jie and volunteers started to distribute supplies at 3:00, April 22. At 9:00, Peng Jie and volunteers went to Shuanshi town, a more severely hit area, but they were asked to evacuate due to the mudslide. They will get in the town again when the road has been cleared.
Delays for the professional relief team to arrive at the spot and the shortage of psychological comfort for the disaster-hit people are the problems at the quake-hit area. Peng Jie and his team accumulated much experience in medical relief and psychological counseling, so Heart-to-Heart Team responded immediately in these aspects. The team planned to provide voluntary services in Shuanshi town for 10 days. The roads are blocked so supplies cannot reach the spot on time. Now they had to pay all charges including communication, transportation, food and some basic relief equipment. They need about 5500 yuan.
TFish remitted 6892 RMB ($1130) of relief fund to Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart on April 23.
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