The economic boom along China’s eastern seaboard has contributed
to the phenomenal growth of the country’s GDP. However, inland
provinces like those of Northwest China lag far behind, resulting in a
divide between the haves and have-nots.
In recent years, the Chinese government has invested heavily in
infrastructure projects and implemented policies to develop these
impoverished areas. International agencies and social entrepreneurs are
also directing their resources to the region.
Ultimately, community development is increasing people’s capacity to
better their own situations. Here, education is the key. PESi is
partnering with Town & Talent Technologies http://www.yellowsheepriver.com/plan/ttp/ttp.htm which
is a visionary social enterprise that has received extensive coverage in both
the Chinese and international media. We support T&TT’s vision to
contribute to China’s development by providing English
language training and cultural education.
The internet and the English language are important tools for
accessing information. T&TT has donated internet equipment to over
150 high schools and vocational high schools, which are the centers of
education in rural Northwest China. Besides library donations and scholarships for needy
students in these schools, PESi also sends volunteers to provide
training for their English teachers. As North American volunteers and
rural Chinese teachers meet, they learn about each other’s worlds. As
friends and mentors, some volunteers continue to encourage the teachers
through emails and visits.
The Rural Education Fund (REF): Give a Gift that Gives Back
PESi has been providing scholarships to impoverished students in
rural West China since 2006. We partner with the company Town &
Talent Technologies, who screens students locally and recommends the
neediest and most hardworking students to us. These students show
great academic promise, but cannot afford the annual school costs. REF
scholarships help alleviate the immense financial pressure faced by
their families, as school costs take a large portion out of their small
incomes. Sometimes in rural China, younger children are pulled out of
school so an older sibling can afford to continue their education. The
cost to such families is not just financial.
scholarships, students receive a golden opportunity to continue their
education and strive for a better, poverty-free life for themselves and
for their families. We especially support girls and ethnic minorities,
who face the most obstacles to schooling.
We invite you to help us provide the basic right of an education to
a student in rural China. Your scholarship donation will help lay a
brick on their road out of poverty. 100% of your donation goes directly
to the student.
Here are the action steps you can take below:
- Visit http://www.yellowsheepriver.com/eng/index.php to choose a student for donation. Their photos, statistics, and personal stories are posted in both English and Chinese.
Decide on the scholarship amount you would like to donate. You
can donate one scholarship (the scholarship donation amount is set at
$130 on this site, although individual needs for older students can
range from US$192 to US$292); a partial scholarship of any amount (what
you can comfortably contribute); or more than one scholarship (in which
case you can choose more than one student). In any case, you can decide
your level of support.
Send a tax-deductible donation (check or money order) payable
to PESi at 3536 Arden Rd., Hayward, CA 94545 and attach a note "Rural
Scholarship Donation for (student's name)" (do not write in the memo line of your check). Also see, more ways to give. When we
receive your donation and scholarship recipient information, we will
remove that student from our online list once his/her needs are
Provide us with your current email and mailing address along
with your donation. You will receive a receipt from us for your tax
records. You have the option of communicating with your scholarship
recipient, which is optional though encouraged. It can be an amazing
learning experience for both parties.
Thank you for your heart in giving these students the gift of an
education. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.