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My whole family lives solely on tobacco farming. Lately, we have lost much money in our crops, and my brother left the village to find a job. However, my brother is illiterate and earns very little money, not enough to cover my family’s declining annual income and my educational expenses. In these recent years, my parents and my brother have had to pinch and scrape in order to put me through school. The village we live in is extremely poor and technologically backward – with a horrible environment and inferior living conditions.

Children are usually forced to grow up quickly, and I am no different. At school, I never had many friends. Initially, I did very poorly in school, was censured by my teachers, and was almost expelled due to failure to pay academic fees. I didn’t give up though, and I started to study harder than anyone in my school. Eventually, I was the top of my class. While I spend more time studying and focusing on my grades, my classmates still look down upon me because I am poor and thus, "dirty." They laugh at my "low-class" behavior, the clothes I wear, the dialect I use, and my "outdated" thoughts. I am an outcast from my peers because of my social status.

I am currently still in debt to the school and those who lent money to help my family afford the tuition bill. I really wonder what tomorrow could be like...my dream is to become a teacher in higher education. I hope for the best and will not surrender as long as I have this faith.

(Translated from Qinghai’s autobiographical sketch)

Updates

  • Qinghai Ran - fundraising for another year!

    We are now fundraising to support Qinghai 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 $280 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 Qinghai 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!
  • Update from Qinghai

    See below for an update from Qinghai Ran. Please share any advice you have for him on studying a foreign language! -- Dear Givology: My name is Ran Qinghai. I am pretty good right now and my family is pretty good too. Thanks so much for your concern! My grades haven't been so good recently. However I think it has nothing to do with how hard I studied; instead I think it's due to my study methods. But I will figure out my problems and change my study methods. Hard work won’t always result success; having a good method is essential too. But in order to succeed, hard work is extremely necessary. Thus I will work even harder to archive my dream. I think I will succeed! My favorite subject is English, and I work very hard on it because English is my weakest subject. I really don’t know how to get better at English but I don’t want to give up either. What should I do? Best wishes, Qinghai Ran April 6, 2010
  • Update from Qinghai: April 2010

    Please see below for a letter we recently received from Qinghai. Don't forget to message him back!! ---- Dear Givology, I am Qinghai Ran. I was very happy to receive your letter, but I'm really sorry, because my English is awful, so I can't use English to write back to you. Thank you very much for your support. I will definitely work hard to do my best, because I'm convinced that trying hard is not necessarily enough to succeed, although giving up certainly leads to failure. I will use both of my hands to change fate and overcome my obstacles. Recently I've been doing well and my grades keep going up. Although we've had some trouble recently, after getting another loan from the Peach Foundation, everything got better. There's no need to worry, I'm doing quite well. I think that if my grades keep going up like this, and I don't let the difficulties of life have too much influence on me, I will slowly get closer to my dreams. I hope you are all heal...
  • One Year Complete!

    Qinghai Ran 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 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 Qinghai 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!
  • Update: April 11, 2009

    Givology: Hello! I am Qinghai Ran, and although I was born and raised in a rural village, I have never bowed my head to fate and have always put my very best effort into everything I do. I wanted to thank you again with all my heart. Don’t worry! I won’t disappoint you. After many setbacks, I could finally leave our small mountain village and set foot on the road to school. With my ambition, I could finally strive to achieve all the dreams and ideals in my heart. But when I got to school I realized that there was still a huge distance between those dreams and reality. On that bumpy road the economy became my biggest problem and I struggled a great deal, but I never gave up, I could never give up. This is how I got to where I am today. This year, because of the financial crisis, my older brother who was working in Guangzhou has returned home. To my parents, who are already getting older, this means an extra helping hand, that they can relax a little. However, because our good bik...

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