Fangdi is a quiet 15-year old girl from the remote mountainous area of southern Gansu. At 6 months old, she was first admitted to the hospital for pneumonia and diagnosed with congenital heart disease. Unfortunately, her family mistook CHD for a condition that would come and go like her pneumonia; they had no intention of treating her. Over a decade later, as Fangdi’s conditions like constant shortness of breath, weakness and bluing worsened, her family finally understood the severity of the disease and started borrowing funds for her surgery. However, as Fandi’s father is the large family of 7’s only source of income, their ability to repay debt was questioned. It seemed hopeless that they’d ever come up with enough money for treatment. Fangdi’s doctor introduced her family to Little Red Scarf in mid-July. They were thrilled to join the program and Fangdi was admitted into a LRS partner hospital by July 20th. She now waits for her surgery to be scheduled. We feel very privileged to help solve a life-threatening issue that stretched for 15 years. We are also glad we caught Fangdi while the window of opportunity for curative surgery is still open. “Racing against time” is not just a slogan, but a reality for Fangdi. Thank you for taking part in supporting children like Fangdi with us. We wish Fangdi and her family the best, and hope to bring you good news soon. Background information: Fangdi, female, 15yrs old, Tetralogy of Fallot, First contact with LRS on July 19th, 2011. Project Page Little Red Scarf on Campus
Our Little Red Scarf volunteer team recently placed a publicity booth at Lanzhou Northwest Normal University to encourage students going back to their home towns and villages to help find sick children that need the support of Little Red Scarf. We made a big map and asked all interested students to mark their destinations using sticky notes with their contact info. What an encouragement to see the map of Gansu slowly being covered with notes, the passion the students showed, and the possibility of finding and saving more children! When we mentioned of a thank-you package for students who found a child, the most common response was “ That’s not necessary; the chance to save a life is rewarding enough!” See event photos here, here and here. News and Updates
Shoe Box Project - Thank you to the children and families from Calgary Chinese School, Calgary, Canada, who participated in the Shoe Box Project to give a box full of gifts from one child to another. We welcome all schools or student organizations to build cross-cultural friendships by sharing love with LRS children in Western China.
Farewell: Ms Liu, a beloved member of our on-site staff at Lanzhou Military General Hospital, recently left our team for family reasons. The dedication and love Ms Liu showed children and families over the past 1.5 years won her the nickname ”Mother Liu” among patients. Her work was deeply appreciated and we wish her all the best in this next season.
Operation Smile Lanzhou Partnership – This month we partnered with Operation Smile in their Lanzhou mission trip to treat children with cleft palates and lips in the Northwest region. The team visited Lanzhou for 1 week, and our staff had the chance to assist them in post-operation care for the children. We look forward to other partnering opportunities in the near future.
Good Samaritans Medical Dental Ministry (GSMDM) Partnership – In mid-July, Little Red Scarf had an opportunity to partner with GSMDM on their two-week medical mission trip to Hue, Vietnam. Due to local conditions, many last-minute changes were made to our operations there, but we were thankful for the chance to support Vietnamese children with congenital heart disease.
Children in Waiting: 21 Hospitalized: 21 Discharged: 22 In hospital now: 14
Surgeries Done in 2011: 132 Total Surgeries : 533 (updated: July 25)
Goal for End of 2011 : 800 Goal Completion 66.6%
A very special thanks to our donors this month:
Anonymous Donation $50.00 Total funds raised :$35,900.00
Hear the LRS children say thank you!
Haimei: Diagnosed at 1 yr old; dropped out of school by 7. Did not receive treatment until 17, after LRS sponsorship. See herproject page.
Xinyue: 7 months old, with 4 heart failure crises within three months of CHD diagnosis. Prolonged hospitalization post-op. Parents are young and extremely poor. Given LRS special sponsorship. See herproject page
Leilei: Last month’s focus story. Thank you to those who showed concern for him. See his project page.
Thank you for participating in the East Villagers Service Scholar Essay Contest! We really enjoyed reading every one of your essays and viewing each of your art pieces and videos. We were truly inspired by your enthusiasm and passion for service. Your commitment to serving the community and making the world a better place is very commendable. We thank the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation for their generous support and sponsorship. Winners from Northern California will be invited to read their essays at the annual Service Scholar Award Celebration hosted by the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation.
It is our great pleasure to announce our 2010 Winners:
High School Service Scholars
First Place ($500): Kuan-Chung Huang (Walnut, CA)
Second Place ($350): Daniel Hoilett (Charlotte, NC)
Third Place ($150): Caitlin Snaring (Redmond, WA)
Middle School Service Scholars
First Place ($300): Richard Black (Blythewood, SC)
Second Place ($200): Anthony Zunino (Los Altos Hill, CA)
Third Place ($75): William Zhou (Palo Alto, CA)
Artwork Category Winners
First Place ($300): Susan Chang (Fremont, CA)
Second Place ($200): Austin LoCicero (Damascus, PA)
Third Place ($75): Melissa Massimore (Hubbard, OH)
The East Villagers Service Conference will be held at Stanford University on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00AM until 4:00PM PST. The Service Conference aims to engage youth in an interactive and personal way to promote service globally and in their communities. Speakers who have had compelling stories for service will motivate youth to serve in any way they can, using any abilities they have. It will also be a forum for various non-profit organizations to inform people around the world via the live-streamed web portion of our conference about various global concerns and service opportunities. The conference will end with an exciting one hour music concert by the TakeNoGlory Band. The EV Conference is sponsored by the Chao Foundation.
East Villagers is the only online community and news wire dedicated to non-profit organizations, their projects, and volunteers’ life-changing stories. For more information, please visit www.eastvillagers.org.
This is the second year the East Villagers Non-Profit Community is offering a chance for young service scholars within the local community to express their passion for community service through essay writing and art. Our goal is to promote a spirit of volunteerism among the younger generation around the world. Winners from Northern California will be invited to read their essays at the annual Service Scholar Award Celebration hosted by the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation. Students must complete 5 hours of community service and fill out the Service Requirement Form to provide proof. All students enrolled in schools Kindergarten through High School in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply.
Choose one of the following prompts to write an essay:
Prompt 1: Please share a volunteer experience and its impact on your life.
Prompt 2: Why is community service important in your life?
Prompt 3: Share about an experience when someone helped you and how it impacted your life.
Artwork Category: Fine Art, Digital Art, Photography, or Video
This should be an inspirational artwork on why more students should do community service or captures the inspirational moment of someone lending a hand without asking for something in return. Videos: Check the contest entry form, scroll over the Youtube video submission blank to read more instructions.
Community Service Requirement: All applicants must complete 5 hours of community service and show proof of service to quality for the contest. Click here to download, fill out, and scan the Community Service Requirement Form.
Contest Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:00pm P.S.T.
High School (1000 – 1500 words)
Middle School (500 – 750 words)
KG – Grade 5 (300-500 words)
Artwork – Upload on Youtube Video (3-5 min), Artwork (Upload Scan of Fine Art), Upload Digital Art, Photography (Set of 3 Photos, Upload Below); Please also mail in all paper versions of fine art max 11×16, video dvd/cd, and photography 8×10. Address: 800 High St. Suite #408, Palo Alto, CA 94301
*Naming all DOC, PDF, JPG, PNG (ie. LastName_FirstName.doc)
High School (9-12th Grade)
1st Place $500, 2nd Place $350, 3rd Place $150
Middle School (6-8th Grade)
1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $75
Elementary School (KG – 5th Grade)
1st Place $100, 2nd Place $75, 3rd Place $50
Art Category (KG – 12th Grade)
1st Place $300, 2nd Place $200, 3rd Place $75
*You may do two submissions.
1. Essay entries must be posted as a blog entry on www.eastvillagers.org. Click the sign up button at the top to register. Invite Code: YYmHnh8i
2. Fill out this Contest Entry Online Form. Service Requirement Form should be signed and scanned (pdf or jpg) and uploaded in the entry form online.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is this open to only Northern California students? No, this is open to all students enrolled in K-12 throughout the United States and Canada.
2. How do I post a blog entry? Click Create a Blog Entry at the top.
3. Why are there funny codes on my blog entry? First paste your word document into notepad, and then paste it into the blog editor to clear word formatting.
4. I am confused about the instructions, what am I supposed to do? Everything is online, Two simple steps: a) Fill out the Contest Entry Form below. b) Post your essay or artwork as a blog entry on the EV Community
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 924-1104 if you have any questions. Email preferred.
This Contest is Sponsored by the Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation to Promote a Spirit of Volunteerism Among the Younger Generation.
(Reuters) - Japan confronted devastation along its northeastern coast on Saturday, with fires raging and parts of some cities under water after a massive earthquake and tsunami that likely killed at least 1,000 people.
Daybreak was expected to reveal the full extent of the death and damage from Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the 10-meter high tsunami it sent surging into cities and villages, sweeping away everything in its path.
[Via Nj.com] The American Red Cross and Salvation Army have announced ways to donate to the relief cause by texting.
Donors can text “Japan” to 80888 to donate $10 to Salvation Army efforts. They can visit mobilecause.com for terms and conditions and should respond “Yes” to a “Thank you” message they receive.
Donors can text “Redcross” to 90999 to donate the same amount to that organization.
Donations can always be made online to www.redcross.org or www.salvationarmy.org.
The following are just a few other charity groups in the mix for Japan relief donations. They also meet the BBB’s charity accountability standards:
* Oxfam America - www.oxfamamerica.org
* World Vision - www.worldvision.org
* Catholic Relief Services - http://crs.org
[Via Vancouver Sun] How to donate to help victims of the devastating tsunami:
Canadians wishing to help support relief efforts underway in Japan are encouraged to contribute by donating online, calling 1-800-418-1111 or contacting their local Red Cross office.
Cheques should be made payable to the Canadian Red Cross, earmarked “Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami” and mailed to the Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2.
As of today, Canadians can donate to the Society via text messaging. Donors interested in this option must simply text REDCROSS to 30333 and a one-time donation of $5 for the Haiti Earthquake fund will be added to their mobile phone bill. The charge will be posted once the donor responds to a confirmation text. Text messaging donations are available in $5 increments*.
*Standard messaging rates and additional fees may apply to donation texts. All charges are billed by and payable to the mobile service provider. The service is available on most carriers. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Canadian Red Cross by the Mobile Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at www.mobilegiving.ca/. Donors can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 30333.
You can donate to relief efforts in Japan by visiting their website.
Visit the Oxfam website to donate to tsunami victims.
CARE offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments. In the Philippines, CARE’s partner organization has assisted five villages on the coast to evacuate inhabitants.
CARE’s emergency staff is currently standing by and will continue to be ready to assist should the tsunami hit the coasts of developing nations such as Indonesia or Papua New Guinea.
It's been one week since I've been back to Beijing. The biggest difference is that my brother is not here this time with me. I've come to realize how much his presence made a difference while helping transitioning the first 6 months here. The beijing weather is warmer than I expected but nevertheless very cold (ranges -2 to 0 degrees celsius). I was expecting snow like the past few winters I've been here.
Our Transparent Fish Non-Profit Laboratory has moved to a new location at the Maples International Center. After much office hunting, we've found the perfect place. My first week of work involved furnishing the entire office and settle the staff back into the more important items. The most tiring part of buying furniture and appliances is bargaining and finding the cheapest prices for everything to make sure we are using our resources wisely. Our foundation is also preparing the Little Red Scarf donation package and for potential donors.
Our interns have started their vacation before I came back and have returned to their hometowns. The train and airplanes are completely full for the next few days because everyone is returning home for Chinese New Years. My friend said that a train that usually fits 150 now has over 300 people on it. Imagine everyone without beds or seats and standing for 24 hours next to each other, rushing to come home and celebrate the biggest holiday in China.
My friends have been wonderful in helping transition back in. We made noodles from scratch the other day and I made the tomato/egg sauce. We had a really good and deep catch up time after not seeing some for 5 months. They're also helping me look for a suitable roommate.
I'm going to Hong Kong for Chinese New Years! I hope to see the amazing fireworks everyone has been talking about. I miss my family dearly and hope they will enjoy Vietnamese New Years.