In July 2016 I visited several schools in MaLiPo County, China (transferring three airplanes and six hours of rough unpaved roads) where the schools there are much undeveloped. For example, the place that they call "bathroom" is at ditch in a hole that has no running water, so there are no sinks or showers. Therefore, many illnesses are distributed easily among the kids. Also, a small space of about 200 square feet houses 40 kids that are squished onto 12 bunk beds made of cardboard. These beds are made with cardboard bottoms and no blankets or mattresses are provided during the cold winters in the mountains. Furthermore, the school’s structural foundation is made of temporary plastic structure usually given to construction workers when they work on a long project. In a place known for their earthquakes, plastic structures are fatal foundations.
The majority people have a low household income (an average annual income of $500), and most families live below poverty level. This often results in their children receiving poor nutrition. It is common for 15 year olds to look like they are 7 years old or younger. Families will often ask their kids to quit school after 3rd or 4th grade to do farm work because parents do not have money. Without education, theses children’s future and opportunities are severely limited.
During my first trip, I provided some healthy nutritional aid to these kids with vitamins. I learned they had other basic needs that were not being met. Running water was not provided at the schools and blankets and mattresses weren’t given out during the winter.
I am currently in the process of launching a non-profit organization to fund schools in the poorest parts of China. I believe we must give hope to these children that they can have a brighter future and expand their occupational horizons. We need to let these children feel loved and supported by the people around the world. The main goal of this non-profit organization is to help kids continue their education to at least to eighth grade, so they have more occupational opportunities that will bring them out of poverty. This organization also will offer various scholarship opportunities to students. This way, their parents may keep them in school instead of making them to quit school and work on the farm.
We are honored to have Mr. Edward Nixon, the youngest brother of President Nixon and the spokesman for the Nixon family, to be the Honorable Chairman for this Foundation. Mr. Edward Nixon has given his blessing and endorsement to this non-profit organization.
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 than $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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