On July 1, 2017, I traveled from Los Angeles to MaLiPo once more. After a long 14-hour international flight I stayed overnight at Shanghai. The next day I flew for about 6 ½ hours of flight with two transfers. I left Shanghai HongQiao Airport around 10:00 AM and got to WenShan Airport in YunNan Province at 9:45 PM. Then, it took me another 2 ½ hours to drive to MaLiPo County. When I got to the only hotel, it was just past mid night. On the third day, I went on another 3 hours car ride, and I finally arrived at Tin Man School. It was the beginning of the wet season so the road was very slippery and very winding. I had to stop the car several times because I had serious motion sickness and wanted to get a short rest before continuing the trip. I finally arrived at TinMan School around 10:00 AM.
This year, BRIDGE Foundation provided the scholarship to top 20% of the students. Total 46 students, from the First Grade to the Sixth Grade received the scholarship. It is very exciting to see the students working hard to be top 20%. The County Supervisor, Ms. Hong Li, also was there to host this scholarship ceremony to these 46 students. During my speech, I encouraged these students to study hard, to help their parents and become successful members of the society. The students were very excited!
After the ceremony I visited their dormitory and found that their dormitory had sufficient bedding, blankets and mattresses that BRIDGE Foundation donated for these 80 students. It was especially heartwarming to see these students joyful about how they were warm and healthier during the snowy winter!
CHARITY PHOTOS: YUNNAN, CHINA
Malipo County is located SouthEast of Yunnan Province in China. The population is about 270,000. The average household annual income is less $1,000 per year. It is one of the poorest counties in China. Not far from Vietnam, this area has many minorities in this county and most of them do not have any education.
BRIDGE Foundation Donates
During July 2016 China’s trip I learned that Tin Man Elementary School in Liu He Village has approximately 40 girls and 40 boys boarding at the school. Boarding school is encouraged since these kids have to walk over 3 hours one way through the jungle to get to school. However, the school dormitory is poorly equipped without basic living supplies. These 80 kids do not have any blankets and mattress for winters. They normally sleep on bamboo sheets with several clothes on and huddle together to keep warm. While still in process of establishing The BRIDGE Foundation, I was able to raise enough funds to donate 80 sets of pillows, blankets, and mattresses to these kids before the frigid winter!!!
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