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Tuition:
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School Supplies:
$20
Textbooks:
$50
Transportation:
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Room & Board:
$50
Other:
$75

Profile

I come from a poor village. My family has no income besides a couple acres of sterile farmland. The output of our fields couldn’t even support our basic daily expenses. Because we couldn’t afford the tuition fee, I dropped out of school for one year when I was in elementary school. In order to continue my education, I did some labor, and my father borrowed a little money from his relatives and neighbors.

My elementary school was three hours away from my home, and the bus ride took two hours. I had little money for other expenses like food. I usually skipped meals at school and stayed hungry. Day by day, I went hungry until I graduated from elementary school.

Eventually, I got accepted by the County Middle School. Holding the admission letter, I was so happy, but only for a while. My father told me that he couldn’t afford to pay for my tuition fees. I worked hard during that summer and tried to earn enough money to be able to attend. Unfortunately, I still didn’t have enough money to pay for the County Middle School.

As a result, I had no choice but to attend my local middle school. Even so, I feel lucky because some children in other families of my village couldn’t even attend middle school. My parents are both illiterate, so they have trouble running a business to make more money. Five people live in my household, and we all labor in the fields. The medical expenses of my mother take up the majority of our income.

My younger sister and brother will attend elementary school in the near future, which means that we will have two more tuition bills to pay for. My family has to borrow money repeatedly from every possible source to pay for daily and weekly expenses. Even though my academic performance is excellent, my family has limited money for me to receive more education. I aspire to study and learn as long as I can. However, my economic condition doesn’t allow me to do so.

The opportunity of being financially aided by the Peach Foundation gives me hope. I wish to get accepted into college and be able to study college level lessons to fulfill my dream. With my aspirations in mind, I will study even harder than before. I want to become "a useful person" who can repay my country and my family. I believe poverty will not stop me from being an outstanding person.

(Translated from Jinhua’s autobiographical sketch)

Updates

  • Jinhua Shen: Another year of funding

    We are now fundraising to support Jinhua for another year! As you can read from his handwritten letters, your contribution has made a tremendous difference. $250 paid for tuition, books, school supplies, and transportation for the 2009-2010 school year. Unlike some of our other partners which provide a one-time grant to a student, the scholarships provided by the Peach Foundation last for two years in order to provide the children with a sustained period of education. In September, the children returned to school, and we are hoping to raise another $200 for the 2010-2011 year. One of the most innovative aspects of Givology is the opportunity to make connections across the world – both inspiring and being inspired by the children that you support. We sincerely hope you consider supporting Jinhua again. Even if you choose not to make a financial contribution, we still urge you to send him a message that we can deliver. Words of encouragement can go a very long way!
  • Letter from Jinhua Shen

    Below is a letter we recently received from Jinhua Shen. Please message him back to show your continued support! -- Dear Givology: Before writing anything else, I want to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year. I was very happy and felt very warm when I received your letter. Our lives at the Yanyuan Nationalities High School are pretty good. My name is Jinhua Shen and I’m a junior right now. I was moved by your letter and encouraged by the sentence, “Don’t give up”. Yes, I do believe that with hard work, things will get better. Another new year comes and I’m so happy! How are you doing? I’m pretty good here. My teachers and classmates are very nice to me. I feel happy and touched. But there is alot of pressure related to my studies. It makes me nervous. However, everything will be better after the college entrance examination. I’m studying happily and steadily. We need to face tomorrow with courage no matter what. I believe that the rainbow will be more beautiful and colorf...
  • Translation of Jinhua's Letter

    Thanks to volunteer translator Victoria Chonn, we now have a translation of Jinhua's latest letter! Please message him to show your continued support. Best wishes for a happy 2010! The Givology Translation Team -- Dear friends at Givology, How are you? I wanted to thank all of you for your concern toward my family and me. Everyone is doing well and there are not any pressing issues at the moment. My sister is doing fine and she also appreciates your concern. My parents are still working hard for our schooling, and that sometimes is hard to bear, but it’s something that can’t be helped since our income continues to be small. Half a year has already passed and I must say that my favorite subject is English—I suspect it will continue being so in the future! My goals haven’t changed; I still want to help students who are in need, help them in their studies. I really hope I can achieve this goal. That’s all about me, my dear friends at Givology. Wish you all good health and...
  • Update from Jinhua: Dec 2009

    Just received this update from Jinhua! An English translation will be posted soon. Please message him to show your continued support! --
  • One Year Complete!

    Jinhua Shen has successfully completed one year of school! As you can read from his handwritten letters , your contribution has made a tremendous difference. $250 paid for tuition, books, school supplies, and transportation for the 2008-2009 school year. Unlike some of our other partners which provide a one-time grant to a student, the scholarships provided by the Peach Foundation last for two years in order to provide the children with a sustained period of education. In September, the children returned to school, and we are hoping to raise another $250 for the 2009-2010 academic year. One of the most innovative aspects of Givology is the opportunity to make connections across the world – both inspiring and being inspired by the children that you support. We sincerely hope you consider supporting Jinhua again. Even if you choose not to make a financial contribution, we still urge you to send him a message that we can deliver. Words of encouragement can go a very long way!

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