树华基金会官方博客 (Soar Blog)

June 17, 2008

SOAR 2008 Fundraising Banquet Reported on SingTao Daily News

Filed under: Discussion — LauZhou @ 4:04 am

樹華基金今年獎學金預算90餘萬

( 本報記者王碩舸古柏蒂奴報道 )

樹華教育基金會(Soar Foundation)昨日舉行了每年一度的大型籌款活動,260名長期支持基金會的捐款人和義工濟濟一堂,以實際行動為樹華今年的中國大陸優秀的貧困學生獎學金計劃籌款,每人捐出了100元。基金會還將在今後幫助更多四川災區學生度過難關。

資助初中生六成考上高中

樹華教育基金會是資助中國大陸貧困學生,保證其中優秀學生有受基礎教育機會的非牟利機構,成立13年來,已經頗有成績。基金會強調,樹華是一個純草根性的社團,長期以來都在低調地支援中國教育。

基金會前會長王肖梅表示,樹華資助的初中學生中,大約有六成考上高中,在樹華資助的高中生中,大學升學率達到四成。在昨日的籌款會上,捐款人和義工們都為長期以來的付出,獲得豐碩的回報感到高興。

樹華董事會主席翟孟斌表示,自從中國政府實行兩免一補政策之後,樹華就將工作重心轉移到了資助高中生上。樹華的資金也因此而遇到了缺口問題。基金會今年將向400名新生發放獎學金,同時也要繼續提供1700個舊生的資助。

靠個人支持大企業少捐款

樹華今年的獎學金預算需要90多萬,但是實際籌款能力大約只有65萬。翟孟斌表示,這個30萬的缺口是因為,一個高中生的4年獎學金是一個初中生獎學金的3倍,而且由於美元的貶值,繼續維持相同金額的人民幣獎學金,無形中樹華又要多負擔2成費用。

王肖梅還指出,基金會在四川地震災區有20多名學生,可以想見災後,基金會會加強對災區的資助,幫助更多災區的優秀學生保留受教育的機會。

樹華副會長高大偉表示,長期以來,基金會都是依靠民間個人的默默支持,從來沒有過大企業的捐贈,因此,基金會籌款要依靠全社會的支持。 樹華基金會的網址為http://www.soaronline.org/,有捐款意向或提供幫助的義工可以上網查詢詳情,或者致電510-675-0680。

June 4, 2008

Visit to Shangluo

Filed under: Discussion — soar @ 6:06 am
Dear Ben, Davy, Siu-fung, Shirley, and friends of SOAR,
First of all, my apologies for not writing sooner.  I think it has been an emotional time for all of us, as we watch on TV and the Internet the enormous devastation and pain suffered by the people of Sichuan.  As depressing as some of the situations were, the spirit is at the same time lifted up by incredible acts of heroism, selflessness, and compassion.  I hope and pray that with the help of the government and fellow countrymen, it won’t take too long for life to go back to normal for the victims, and China will rise up from all this even stronger and greater.
My trip with the Spring Bud group started on 5/11, and on 5/12, the day of the earthquake, we were in a high school in Ziyang, in the south-western corner of Shaanxi, relatively close to the Sichuan border.  Fortunately, everyone at the school and the school itself survived the quake with no damage.  We managed to get back to Ankang that afternoon and followed the schedule as planned.  The only change made was the cancellation of the school visit in Langao on the 13th.  Needless to say, we were all quite “shaken” but we kept our good spirits, and accomplished everything we set out to do.
We visited Mr. Yang Shou-guo’s school on the 16th.  We were due to return to Xian later that day.  I told Mr. Yang that I would arrive with my group in the early afternoon.  It so happened that 3 Spring Bud girls are attending that school.   At about 3:15 PM.,I was greeted by Mr. Yang, Party Secretary Qian, and 2 other teachers.  While the Spring bud delegation held their meeting with school officials, I visited with with Mr. Yang and his colleagues.  Frankly speaking, I was a little embarrassed by the “official” hospitality shown towards me.  As you might know, I had intended it to be a brief and personal visit.  But it was a nice meeting, and I was very impressed by what I saw.  The 2 labs, the SOAR Foundation Audio-visual Systems Lab and the SOAR Foundation Heating/Cooling Systems Lab, are situated across the hallway from each other.  In each lab, there are about dozen to 20 “stations”.  Currently the H/C Lab is not in use.  In the A/V Lab, each station can accommodate 2 students at one time.  The instructor has his own monitoring or evaluation station.  The students are able to detect up to 100 “problems”  and learn how to repair/solve each problem right there at the station.  The entire classroom set-up looks totally practical and functional, even to someone like me.  By the way, the classroom is well-lit, clean, and orderly.  Mr. Yang told me that currently there are about 600 students enrolled in the A/V Lab course.  The course duration is 3 months, and upon graduation students also get certification from the local labor department.  I don’t have the statistics, but it seems that graduates have been able to find jobs and therefore the labor dept. is giving its approval to the course. 
At about 4, it was time for us to leave.  I didn’t have time to tour the school which has a fairly big campus and is situated outside the town area.  Later I was told by my friends in the Spring Bud group that it’s a very good vocational school.
That wraps up my report.  I took some pictures of the classrooms which Ben may already have.  If you’re interested, I’ll find a way to send them to you.  And if you have questions, please let me know. 
Best regards,
Lily
021-5879-2869

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