捐款人快讯 2016年4月号 Donor Newsflash April 2016

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网络募书|有你在 便是不孤独的一站

作者:北京义工钱莉莉

一早听到募书组的小伙伴说“这次募书永隆小学给的反馈特别好,孩子们开心的不得了,都在问老师是谁送来的书。”

每每听到这样的话,心总会被轻轻地拨动。从11月8日开始,短短一个多月的时间,我们计划为天等县永隆小学募集的500册图书就已经被认购走了326册,有的捐书人仅自己一人就认购了几十本。从捐书人遇见我们,到挑选图书,再经过邮递员热闹的车铃声,寄送到学校,分发到孩子们手中,这路程漫长却饱含爱意。

永隆小学负责联络的许玉堂老师是个热爱读书的人,因此也带着班里的孩子们进行课外阅读。在此次募书过程中,她在筹备初期和收到图书后都与我们进行了大量互动,使得图书募捐工作进展顺利。翻看她的朋友圈,尽是和孩子们一起学习和玩耍的照片。

她说:“课外阅读如此重要,可是在农村小学,孩子们哪有什么课外读物呢,家长们不重视孩子的课外阅读,认为在学校使用教科书就够了,有些贫困家庭因为经济不允许也根本无力购买课外图书”。

一个多月的时间,300多册图书陆陆续续地寄到许老师手中。她专门抽出时间带着孩子们一起阅读,还让孩子们动笔写读书后的感想。对孩子们来说,他们也许没有词汇或语言来表达自己的感受,但并不代表他们感受不到那些情感,或者无法理解其中的意义。

许老师给孩子们讲书籍的来历,说这些都是全国各地爱心人士,通过网络认购的书。对此孩子们虽然似懂非懂,但是敢肯定的是,他们感受到了。那幸福的笑容,好奇的神情和认真阅读的劲头,孩子们手里捧的不仅是书本,更多的是无尽的爱呀!

永隆小学图书募捐仅仅是OCEF募书路程中的一站,这一站的喜悦与陪伴,将赋予我们每个人力量。有你在,我们也将更加坚定地一直走下去。欢迎大家访问OCEF论坛网络募书版块,继续为下一间学校的孩子们提供宝贵的精神食粮。欢迎加入微信群“OCEF图书认捐(二)”或QQ群“466731058”,了解更多信息,遇见更多有爱的人。

Online Book Donation: Alone No More when You Are There

By Qian Lili, OCEF volunteer from Beijing, China

This morning I overheard friends in the Book Donation team say: “we’ve got really good feedback from Yonglong Elementary School this time. The kids are so happy and they’re all asking their teachers who gave them the books.”

Every time I hear things like this, I feel a tickle in the heart. We listed 500 books that we hoped to get for Yonglong on November 8, and a month later 326 have been claimed, some donors purchasing dozens of them. From donor meeting with us, through the selection of books and the delivery by the mailman with the tinkling bell on his bicycle, to the final distribution to each student, it was a long process filled with love.

Teacher Xu Yutang, our primary contact at Yonglong, is a book lover and she always enjoys leading her class in extracurricular readings. During the planning and delivery stages, she kept in constant touch with us and helped the book donation process move along smoothly. Her “Moments” in WeChat is filled with pictures of herself studying and playing together with the kids.

As she puts it: “Extracurricular reading is extremely important, but there’re very few books in rural schools besides textbook. Parents don’t always see the importance and feel like it’s enough to read the textbooks. Some poor families can’t even afford to buy extracurricular reading materials.”

In a little over a month, more than 300 books were delivered to Ms. Xu. She set aside time to read them with her pupils and encouraged them to write down their thoughts afterwards. The kids may not have enough vocabulary to express their feelings, but it does not mean that they do not feel the compassion or understand the meaning behind the books.

Ms. Xu explained to the kids where the books came from, letting them know that they were from loving people all over the country through online orders. The kids may not have fully grasped the idea but they certainly felt the love. Their big smiles, the curiosity in their eyes, and their eagerness in reading showed us that it was not just books they were holding in their hands, it was love.

Yonglong is just one stop on the long journey for the OCEF Book Donation Program, and the happiness and the companionship we felt at this stop will greatly strengthen all of us. With you by our side, we are more convicted to continue this journey. Please visit the OCEF online book donation forum and help us bring the pleasure of reading to children at the next school. For more information, please join the OCEF Book Donation WeChat group or QQ Group 466731058 and meet other loving, caring people.

 

I read the book “Before Leaving Home.” It is about a little girl going to a picnic with her parents. She has an idea. She takes everything out to eat and play. She wants to put on makeups. But she leaves behind everything her mom needs. After reading the book now I understand I should not slow down before leaving home and I should listen to my parents.

助学手记|用我的奔跑 你的爱心 托起孩子们的希望

作者:奥斯汀义工罗昭菊

编者按:我们在2013年推出了“OCEF之队”计划,邀请大家把户外健身与我们的助学工作结合起来,爱运动,爱奉献,用自己的汗水挥洒青春,照亮乡村学生求学之路。在这里,向大家介绍OCEF之队的一群新成员。

他们是奥斯汀华人跑步群(ACRC)的一群热爱跑步的朋友。跑步群创建于一年前,吸引了大批渴望奔跑渴望积极生活渴望享受生命的跑友,为每一个跑步爱好者提供了一个互相学习,鼓励和提携的平台。

跑步可以很简单,为了健康和快乐。跑步是和自己身体的对话,和自己内心的对话,和自然的对话。于天地间听风过耳,于日月下揽景悦目。可以放空一切,放飞心灵,重新认识自己,认识生活的这个城市。

跑步也可以赋予特别的意义,比如为了纪念一个人,为了鼓励和支持与疾病抗争的人们,为了帮助一群人实现他们的梦想,等等。比如在中国贫困的农村,还有很多的孩子在盼望用知识来改变命运,他们亟待阅读更多的书籍来武装他们的大脑。

2月14日是奥斯汀马拉松日,这群大多数为工程师的跑友们的第一次马拉松比赛,奉献给了甘肃省这个贫困地区的孩子们,为他们募集资金建设图书室。余款用来一对一资助学生学费(小学生一年学费$100,中学生$150,高中生$350)。

他们的动人口号是“2016情人节 相约奥城马拉松,用我的奔跑 你的爱心 托起孩子们的希望”。所有参赛选手都成功完成了首马和首半马,同时成功募款逾$2,100,远超最初的筹款计划,除了资助图书馆还可以资助几个中小学生。为他们喝彩!

Raising Children’s Hope with My Running and Your Love

By Luo Zhaoju, OCEF volunteer from Austin, Texas

Editor: We launched the OCEF Team Program in 2013 and invited our friends to combine outdoor fitness activities with our school support initiatives, and let your dedication to self-improvement and helping others inspire rural children on their journey in life. Here we would like to introduce to you a group of new members of the OCEF Team.

They are a group of friends who enjoy running and thus formed the Austin Chinese Running Club (ACRC). The club was established a year ago and quickly attracted a large number of runners who aspire to stay positive and enjoy life to the fullest. It provided a platform for running enthusiasts to get together, learn from one another, and encourage one another.

Running can be very simple, just for a healthy body and for fun. Running is a conversation with your own body, with your inner mind, and with nature. It is about listening to the breeze whistling through while you run, and taking in the beautiful scenes around you. Running helps you unload everything and free yourself, and it gives you an opportunity to get to know yourself as well as the city you live in.

Running can also have special meanings—to pay tribute to someone, to support and encourage someone who is fighting an ailment, or to help someone realize their dreams. For example, there are many kids in rural China who still live in poverty and are hoping to change their fate through education. They are eager to enrich their minds from reading books.

February 14 was the Marathon Day in Austin, and many ACRC members, most of them engineers, dedicated their very first marathon to the children in an impoverished area in Gansu Province by raising funds to build a library for them. The remaining funds were used for 1-to-1 assistance on tuitions ($100 per year for elementary school, $150 for junior high school, and $350 for senior high school).

Their touching slogan was “Valentine 2016, let’s meet at the Austin Marathon and raise children’s hope with my running and your love.” All of the participants completed the marathon course or the half-marathon course, and they raised a total of $2,100, far exceeding the amount initially hoped for, so they were able to support a few students after funding the library. Bravo, ACRC runners!

 

Feb 23, 2016

Dear little friends:

Hello!

We are a group of big friends in Austin, USA, who are running enthusiasts. Life is just like running the marathon. We started off where you are now, somewhere in China, a city or a village. Now we have run to the other side of the earth. The farther we run, the more beautiful sceneries we see. And you become the most beautiful part of scenery as you strive to create more beautiful things for the world and make the world a better place.

Please do your best, study hard, and stay fit! Never give up when you face challenges. Remember, we stand by you.

Best wishes for good health and happiness!

Yours,
ACRC

 

第24期(2016年4月)/No. 24 (April 2016)
组稿:杨敏 翻译:何雪炀 编校:汤柏
Compiled by Catherine Yang Translated by He Xueyang Edited by Tang Bai

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