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My parents did not receive much education, and only my father can be considered semi-literate. Given their background, my parents both understand the importance of education and hope that one day, their children will be able to stand proudly in society.

When I was in third grade, a major thunderstorm damaged the roof of my house. The next day, my uncle came to help fix the roof, but unfortunately, slipped and fell six meters to the ground. After being examined at the hospital, the doctors deemed that immediate surgery would be necessary to save my uncle’s life. In despair, I had to discontinue my education to help pay for my uncle’s medical expenses. A year later, my father intended for me to return to finish elementary school. However, my mother was diagnosed with lithiasis and needed me to stay home to help out with farm work.

I would often cry when seeing other children going to school while I had to stay home. But I never allowed my tears to be seen by my parents because I knew that it was the best they could do. Two years later, I was given the chance to return to school. By that time, I had already become the “miniature adult” in my family. I understand that my baby brother is still too young, so I try to help out as much as possible and keep all of my hardships and bitterness to myself.

(Translated from Yincong’s autobiographical sketch)


  • Yincong Fan: fundraising for another year

    We are now fundraising to support Yincong 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 Yincong 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 Yincong

    Below is an update we recently received from Yincong. Please continue to message her to show your support! ---- Dear Givology, I was very happy to receive your letters. The language competition is over, I really enjoyed participating. Through this process, I've learned how to communicate with other people as well as how to make others understand me. Because the experience is what's important, it's not necessary to win. I really like writing? so I've hosted several interesting programs. I hope that when I grow up, I can make my life better through my own efforts; in addition, if I have the opportunity, I hope to help other poor kids who don't have the resources get educated! I want to study literature because I really like it. I want to be a teacher, since teachers are the engineers of our minds. Best wishes, Yincong Fan
  • Translation of Yincong's letter

    Below is a translation of the Chinese section of Yincong's latest letter. Please message her back to show your continued support! -- Dear Givology, I was very happy to receive your good wishes and regards from far-away places! Are your jobs still going smoothly? I hope everything is still going well in your lives. Everything is going well for me - even in our stressful lives of studying, we can still live very happily with our classmates. My hometown is currently undergoing alot of construction. My mom and dad are both doing well and are healthy. The only thing is, because both my little brother and I are in high school, my parents work from dawn until dusk every day, yet they never complain, because in their hearts, everything is for their children. As for my younger brother, he tested pretty well and was able to go to a better school. He's doing pretty well. Right now I am in the middle of hurried preparation for a language arts competition.
  • Update from Yincong! December 2009

    We just received a letter from Yincong! As you can see, her English is rapidly improving! Our translation team will have an English translation of the Chinese posted soon. --
  • Update: April 9, 2009

    Dear Danielle and other Givology donors, Thank you and the dear people of Peach Foundation for the warm greetings you have sent me. I think they will help me as I walk down the path toward my future. I’m very happy that you were able to tell me about yourself. This touched me a lot and will give me the courage to stay on track! I am doing well in school and I have great relationships with my classmates. I really like chemistry and Chinese. My teachers and peers care for me a lot. So far, I am not working on any particularly interesting projects, but I really like to write. I have been writing everyday to practice as I really enjoy literature. My family is doing a little better, and my mom is almost back to health. My father and my uncle are doing well, but I don’t see them very often because of school. My brother who is 13 years old and in third grade of junior high, is able to take his high school entrance exam. This is a lot of pressure for him, but I have tried my best to help hi...