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2017年Hike4Kids盛况


作者:胡冰冰

活动由来

2013年,OCEF北加分会举办了第一届Run4Kids跑步助学活动。桐优家庭基金会(Tong You Family Foundation)的创始人吴国平先生偶然在网络上看到活动信息,主动联系OCEF,经过详细询问并了解基金会的历史和一线助学项目的详情以后,欣然为北加分会的活动捐赠3000美元,用于资助山西广灵的贫困学生。因此次活动,吴先生与OCEF结缘,几年来为OCEF捐款超过七万美元。

除了资助OCEF的助学项目,吴先生看到义工们出钱出力举办了几次大规模的地方活动以后,提议每年捐款支持北加地区的宣传活动。就这样,从2014年开始,OCEF在桐优家庭基金会资助下组织了Hike4Kids登山助学活动,吴先生并承诺100名登山者以外每多一人参加,桐优家庭基金会就多捐赠100美元。从2016年起吴先生还承担了登山的场地费、保险费和许可证等等所有费用。

2014年Hike4Kids吸引了约190人参加,募款9000美元;2015年约有250人参加,募款15000美元;2016年约有300人参加,募款金额达20000美元;今年人数达到370人,成功募款达到目标金额25000美元!

今年Hike4Kids活动记录

OCEF举办的Hike4kids是一个集登山、烧烤、儿童游戏、助学图片展为一体的大型户外活动,老少皆宜,适合全家参与。每年都在秋季举行,去年考虑到雨季来得早,推迟了一周时间,导致很多注册了的人员无法参加。因此,2017年的活动提前到9月24日在Garin Park举办。开始发帖的时候注册人数不多,只有70多人。负责人在各个群里发动大家到微信群里扩散、群发,很快就发展到250人、400人、甚至450人!因为许可证上的人数要求,负责人只好截止报名。

湾区华人周末都是特别的忙,买菜、运动、送孩子参加各种活动各种才艺班。很多参加者都是特意抽空赶来支持我们。有个东湾的组织,同样是周日在三谷搞年度庆祝活动,负责人们周六已忙到次日凌晨一点,当天还是参加了我们的Hike4Kids活动,因为他们觉得我们的登山助学活动很有意义,也要为慈善出一份力。有一位参与者,一早过来帮着烤串,还带来大盘食物,下午再赶回家给儿子办生日party。

Hike4Kids登山活动包含一顿非常丰盛的午餐,食物全是由义工采购、加工,在家自制或在活动场所现烤、炒、烧、煮等。先从采购说起,饮料、面条、饺子、肉类、香肠、水果、蔬菜、零食等分派给各个义工,分头到最好最优惠的商店购买。然后各种肉类由义工各自领回家加工。几百串羊肉串提前一晚准备好,五花肉切片,牛仔骨腌好,鸡腿、鸡翅洗净腌入味……各种家庭自制的食物不但成品出色,更是数量可观,因为是准备400人左右的午餐!卤蛋是六打,卤好剥壳切半。擅长做面食的义工带来大盘大饼、肉龙、豆包。西兰花是整箱地买,切好洗净,烧好,再加入小胡萝卜,既美味又好看,色香味俱全。负责大盘鸡面的义工事先煮好十磅鸡腿肉、十几磅面条、一大盆小胡萝卜、一大盆土豆、一大盆洋葱,全部带到活动场地再用大平底锅现场炒面,他怀孕的妻子也一起连夜加工,把家里的所有炉子、餐盒全派上了用场。

周日的早晨,早早来到场地,大队义工早已干得热火朝天。有很多来宾,到签到处登记完,马上就抢着干起活来。桌子、椅子、烧烤炉、烤串炉、相册支架、横幅……各人分工选地儿摆好,有条不紊地开始工作。现场气氛十分热烈,义工们忙得不亦乐乎。

助学图片展示一直是Hike4Kids活动的重要宣传途经,义工们一到场地就把所带来的图片支板一一打开,把事先打印好的捐款用途反馈资料、过去一年的资助数据、图片,分门别类排版、张贴,并把支板按顺序排列在通往爬山的必经之路,好让所有登山者都能读到此次活动的意义,并由此产生更深远的影响。

负责签到登记的美女义工全程都守候在注册台前,不仅没有时间登山,连午餐也只是趁少人的时候匆匆跑到餐台前简单挑几样,然后又赶紧跑回注册台。她们的工作内容是登记每一位来宾以及处理现场捐款、购买纪念T-shirt、捐赠二手电脑等等。几个义工是几小时连轴转,连喝水的时间都没有。

准备食物的义工就更辛苦了。烤肉区没有树荫,炽热的太阳和火热的炉火把人烤得生疼生疼。还要一刻不停地翻着烤肉,一不留神就会烧焦烤糊。几个小时下来,差点没把自己也烤熟了。烤完这些肉,大伙儿也没歇着,转战到另一边帮忙烤羊肉串。烤羊肉串也是技术活,得有耐心,急不得。通常是旁边等的人直流口水,烤的人好容易烤熟一批,就被一抢而空,自己是一串也吃不上。

大部队去登山之后,几位留守人员立刻升炉开烤,50磅牛仔骨,烤好后一块一块用剪刀剪开;100多根烤得金黄金黄的香肠,一片一片切好;35磅鸡翅、30磅鸡腿,先焖煮到半熟,然后烤香,外焦里嫩;10磅五花肉,烤出油来,香气四溢。切水果的也不轻松,14个大西瓜、25个哈密瓜,逐个切成小薄片。事后整理场地的时候,和切西瓜的义工聊天,才知道好几个义工自己根本连一片水果都没吃到!

上午10点多,登山活动正式开始了。登山组义工拎着路标指示牌走在最前面,我自告奋勇也拎了一个,开始觉得没啥,可是越走越重。为了防止前面的登山者走错路,他们还得赶在队伍的最前方。说实话,我平时也是常锻炼的人,这样拎着一个路标急走三英里的山路,第二天大腿、手臂隐隐觉得酸痛,想到他们下午大太阳下再登山一次将路标收回来,不知道第二天有没有要翘班休养一下?我快步走在队伍中间,看到大部分家庭都是拖儿带女来参加,有一些往年见过的熟悉面孔;有的还推着婴儿车,甚至背着婴儿背袋。帮忙拍照片的摄影师辛苦地跑前跑后,给各式各样的登山者留下了倩影。

儿童区更是五彩缤纷,欢声笑语不断。有义工给孩子们带来了拔河比赛和跳绳游戏,大人小孩玩得不亦乐乎。有义工提前买好各式气球做water balloons和animal balloons,还有画纸、折纸等游戏,给孩子们增添了无限乐趣。

活动尾声,OCEF给长期服务十年以上的义工和2016年捐款超过5000美元或者累积捐款超过10000美元的VIP捐款人颁奖。最后,义工、捐款人们纷纷为受助学生讲一句劝勉鼓励的话,录影发给山区的孩子们。

本次Hike4Kids活动,是我们迄今为止举办过的最大规模的活动,能够得以顺利圆满地完成,是因为许多人的无私奉献。感谢所有默默付出的义工们,没有他们就不会有这次成功的活动。以下是需要特别感谢的OCEF义工和来宾名单:

阿勇、阿莲、包晓莉、Cherry、Jessie Chen、Myla Chu、Chris Cui、Ellen Gan、 贺园莉、胡冰冰、胡芳琪、胡欣、季永梅、金惠青、李晗、李亚宁、李雪义、李丽、李燕、刘冠男、刘强、刘赞雄、卢启堂、罗鹏魁、Qing Meng、缪玉亭、钱晖、Jeff Qiu、商永磊、施丹、夏天、万英、Alice Wang、Ray Wang、武文娟、徐咏梅、许汉卿、Anna Yang、杨巧丽、杨筱青、Cathy Yi、Pondian Yuen、张戈卉、张霖峰、张明斌、张冰君、Steve Zhang、赵磊、周琦、祝凯、朱鲜芙、朱伟、Charlotte Zhang、Tim Zou,以及很多义工的亲朋好友。很多来宾也是看到有事情就挽起袖子一起来做,在这里一并感谢大家!

特别感谢桐优家庭基金会(Tong You Family Foundation)通过此次活动捐出25000美元,一半用于为代课老师和支教老师提供生活补助,另一半用于资助OCEF的高中生助学项目。

捐款去向

历年Hike4Kids活动筹集的捐款已资助了七位代课老师,分别在山西、宁夏、山东等地。相比公办老师的2000多元人民币工资,代课老师工资大多不足1000元人民币,OCEF资助这些老师每人每月600元人民币。湖南西坪小学地处湘西大山深处,属于完全小学,学生全是留守儿童。由于经济落后,年轻老师不愿意到这里任教,一直由几位55岁以上的老教师苦苦支撑着。附近一所村级完小比这所小学规模大一倍多,因老师后继无人,渐渐衰败下去,现已荒废,四分五裂成了农民的菜地。更要命的是,附近五个行政村合并为三个行政村,人口3000多,只剩下这一所村级完小。如果西坪小学也黄了,意味着方圆几十公里大山里的孩子就不能就近入学了。OCEF通过开展Hike4Kids活动,先后为该校15名接力支教老师提供生活补助。今年该校已经招到三名支教老师,OCEF将继续为这些老师提供补贴,希望通过这种接力支教,给孩子持续提供良好的教育。每位受助教师都有义工负责跟进,及时交流,保持沟通,不仅有电话或网络上的集体讨论学习,而且每年选取几名老师参加面对面的教学培训。OCEF通过为身处教育前线的乡村老师们提供精神与物质的双重支持,帮助他们解决实际困难,从而帮助他们更好地投身于乡村的教育事业。

去年Hike4Kids活动筹集的捐款资助了26名山西广灵的贫困农村高中生,全部为女生,大多是孤儿,或是来自单亲家庭,或是因病致贫或意外事故造成家庭经济状况极其困难。OCEF每年资助每名高中生350美元,其中一名特别贫困的学生资助金额是1.5倍。OCEF将继续资助他们完成高中学业。

各方反馈

吴国平先生谈到桐优家庭基金会与OCEF的合作时曾说过:“我们在硅谷这边也资助了不少的慈善组织,但是很多组织的善款使用效率并不高。他们的CEO、高层管理人员很多都领颇高的薪水,钱捐进去有时候看不到具体的效果。OCEF这样一个以义工为主的组织,通过自己的义务付出,大大降低了运营费用,使得捐款能够更有效率地帮助到贫困学生读书,非常难得。”回头看本次活动午餐费用由来宾自带食物和chip-in餐费解决,很多义工出钱出力,采购、加工、运输,自掏腰包准备大量的食物带来,有义工买了几大箱水和十几大瓶饮料不报销,有义工腌制了30磅鸡腿带来烤好后捐了出来,那么大份量的大盘鸡面也是义工自制和捐赠的,儿童区的气球,水球和折纸等等也是负责这项活动的义工捐的,负责人还在追着他们报销呢。大家这么做,就是为了把募得的捐款最大程度地用在帮助贫困学生和支持代课老师、支教老师上。

记得我去年初刚刚加入OCEF的时候,读到一位义工以下的一段话:“每走访完一家后,那家的孩子就抱出一只鸡走在我后面,我当时以为是彝族的风俗,也没问为什么。我第一天走访了12个学生的家庭,最后回学校的路上就是12个孩子每人抱着一只鸡跟在我身后在崇山峻岭之间穿梭着。到了学校,孩子们全把鸡送到了我住的房间,我才明白那是送给我的礼物……”瞬间,山区孩子的质朴渲染于纸上。当地贫困家庭对我们义工付出的支持帮助,对OCEF雪中送炭的助学金资助感激之情难以言表,只能用他们最珍贵的财富——一户一只鸡来表达。

昨天又看到另一位义工发在朋友圈的评论:“经常看到文章描述去西藏什么地方旅游然后灵魂得到净化,其实我每次读OCEF义工和协调员的故事都能体会这种净化灵魂的感觉。当你还在计较一事一物的得失,却看到境况更差的人坦然地把助人和奉献当成与生俱来的责任。读这些故事会看到真实的农村,真实的人,没有华丽的美工图片,没有哗众取宠的标题,没有煽情渲染,在沉重的现实中有种纯净轻盈的力量,带你向上,走向光明和希望。”

作为捐款人、受助者和义工,表达以上的感受,我想,作为一个教育基金会,一个以义工为主的慈善组织,这是授予OCEF最大的勉励、最高的赞美。













Hike4Kids 2017

By Hu Bingbing
English Abstract by He Xueyang

In 2013, the Northern California Branch of OCEF organized the first Run4Kids event. The news caught the attention of Mr. Guoping Wu, founder of the Tong You Family Foundation. He reached out to OCEF, inquired in detail about the history and ongoing projects of the foundation, and graciously donated $3,000 to the event in order to support students in need in Guangling, Shanxi Province. Since then, Mr. Wu has become deeply engaged with OCEF and has made contributions totaling more than 70 thousand dollars.

On top of that, Mr. Wu has begun to sponsor large-scale fundraising campaigns for OCEF in northern California. One of these is the annual Hike4Kids event, first launched in 2014. For each additional participant beyond the initial target number of 100, the Tong You Family Foundation would make an extra donation of $100. Since 2016, Mr. Wu also took care of all expenses associated with the site and insurance for the event.

Participation in the Hike4Kids has been growing steadily. In 2014 it attracted about 190 people and brought in a total donation of $9,000; these numbers grew to 250 and $15,000 in 2015, 300 and $20,000 in 2016, and 370 and $25,000 this year.

Hike4Kids is a hiking trip, a barbecue party, kids’ games, and an OCEF expo all rolled into one. This year’s event was held in Garin Park on September 24. With the excellent promotions by our friends on WeChat, over 450 people signed up for it and we had to close the registration due to limitation by our permit.

As everyone knows, weekends are the busiest time for many Chinese families, filled with grocery shopping, group sports and extracurricular activities for the kids. Still, many participants made extra efforts to be there because they felt this was a very meaningful event. Many volunteers spent days ahead of time preparing food for over 400 people from scratch, assembling display materials for the OCEF expo, and setting up games for the kids to enjoy.

When September 24 finally rolled around, many of our volunteers spent the whole day busy manning the registration desk, processing on-site donations, organizing the various activities, or putting up—and later removing—the displays and hiking trail directions. Those assign to food-preparation duty often ended up spending hours between the grilling sun and the barbecue grills, but never had a chance to taste the fruits of their labor. Many of our guests also threw themselves into the labor pool as soon as they arrived. At the end of the event, OCEF held a reward ceremony for volunteers who had served for over 10 years and VIP donors who donated over $5,000 in 2016 or over $10,000 in total.

Over the years, funds raised through Hike4Kids have been used to sponsor seven non-government-sponsored teachers in Shanxi, Ningxia, Shandong and other regions. Typically those teachers receive less than RMB ¥1,000 in salary each month, compared to the over RMB ¥2,000 paid to government-sponsored teachers, and OCEF was able to supplement that with a monthly stipend of RMB ¥600. Without this extra support, some rural schools that find it particularly difficult to attract young, qualified teachers, such as Xiping Elementary School in Hunan Province, may not be able to go on, which will make it even harder for the local children to stay in school.

Donations collected from Hiki4Kids in 2016 were used to support 26 high school students in Guangling, Shanxi Province. All 26 of them are girls, and many of them are orphaned or from single-parent households. OCEF provide $350 to each high school student each year and will continue to do so until they graduate from high school.

Feedbacks from the donors have been very positive. Mr. Guoping Wu once observed that the Tong You Family Foundation had made donations to many other charity organizations in the Silicon Valley area, but what made OCEF different was that it was largely volunteer-based, which greatly reduced operating expenses and made the financial contributions from donors work more effectively and efficiently for the cause.


One of our volunteers was assigned to visit the sponsored students at their homes on his first assignment, and he recalled: “After each visit, I noticed there was a kid from the family following me with a chicken in hand. I though it might be a special tradition there, so I did not ask why. At the end of the day, after visitation to 12 homes, I had 12 kids with chickens in their hands following me. When I returned to the school, all the kids delivered their chickens to my room. That was when I finally realized that all the chickens, which were among these families’ most valuable possessions, were meant to be gifts for me. That shows how much these families appreciated what OCEF has had done for them.”


Another volunteer once wrote: “A lot of times you read about people visiting Tibet or some other sacred places and felt that their spirit was purified. I felt the same way every time I read stories from our volunteers and local coordinators. Their selfless giving, their contributions above and beyond their means, everything I read about always lifts my own spirit.”



第31期(2017年10月)/No. 31 (October 2017)
翻译:何雪炀     编校:汤柏
Translated by He Xueyang      Edited by Tang Bai

海外中国教育基金会/Overseas China Education Foundation

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捐款链接/To make a donation to OCEF: http://ocef.org/donation

了解更多OCEF义工工作/To learn more about OCEF volunteers and their work:
http://www.ocef.org/publication/vol-newsflash





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