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Volume 18, Issue 3 May 10, 2017
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2017-18 Student Sponsorship

We’re about half way to our goal for next school season’s sponsorship program.  Thank you to all who’ve given already.  Our goal is to raise $10,000 for the upcoming 2017-18 school year and sponsor at least 64 students, have various interactive events, and assist 1 village preschool by providing various needed supplies.  I would like to invite you to participate in this truly life changing program.  Please consider sponsoring one student with a donation of $156/year or $13/month. You can donate at the IDEAS website Just note that the gift is for the Nosu Student Sponsorship. Thank You!

ZeYue Elementary School Clean Water Project

Two upcoming clean water project sites are at schools in desperate need of clean water.  One of those schools is Zeyue township elementary school.  The school provides preschool, kindergarten, and 1st through 6th grade education to 385 students from surrounding farming villages.  The school provides dormitory housing of 237 of its students whose homes are too far away to return home each day.  The school has only one source of water supplied from a distant unprotected, contaminated mountain stream.  The pipe transferring the water from the spring to the school is too small to meet the daily demand.  In addition, the water is shared by surrounding village families which further reduces the amount of water available to the school.  As a result of these 2 factors, the school water supply runs short on a daily basis.  There is only sufficient water to cook meals and minimal water for drinking.  Our goal is to build an independent water system for the school that will meet all of its current and future clean water demands.  We have a long term relationship with the school principal and hope to encourage his work through this project. 

QieTuo Elementary School Clean Water Project

The second school needing clean water is Qietuo township elementary school.  The school provides education for 745 students from surrounding villages and has almost no water available to the school.  The spring sources they used in past years have mostly dried up and their only other source is from a seasonal creek that fills up with water after a rain which washes trash and animal feces directly into the pipeline.  As a last resort, the school carries small containers of water from the township government office downhill from the school.  This amount of water is only adequate for cooking.  Students struggle to find any source of water to quench their thirst. We have identified a somewhat distant, but very reliable mountain spring from which we can pipe clean water to the school.  Depending on available funding, we hope to develop the spring and pipe clean water to the school.