Computers arriving at Renngin Charitable School for Orphans in Guinan County.
New Day funded the packing and transportation of around 20 used computers from Shenzhen to the Renngin Charitable School for Orphans in Guinan County – part of LOVEQTRA’s network. The computers were donated by the Global Sources company in Shenzhen and the donation was facilitated by the Hinrich Foundation and Captivating International.
Girls dancing on new walk ways
The construction project funded by New Day in June 2012 is 80% complete and will resume in May 2013 when the weather warms. The school now has pathways that can be cleared of snow and used by the girls year round, a shed for coal storage that will be roofed next year and front gates and a paved pathway at the entrance to the school. You can read an update report sent from the Home, as well as a profile of one of there students, here:
Report on construction progress and clothing donation Oct 2012
Sonam Drolma story
Shed for storing coal
Beams for main gate at school entrance with paved pathway
Girls at SGVTS wearing the clothes sent from Glenealy school PTA in Hong Kong.
Thank you to New Day members Scarlett Mattoli and Roxanne Ismail for collecting uniforms and winter clothes from the Glenealy school PTA and the International Schools Foundation parent body. Bags of clothes and shoes have been sent to the SGVTS in Qinghai province for the 120 girls who attend school there.
New Day funded a third grant for SGVTS in June 2012. The grant of USD20,000 will be used to fund a storage room for coal and food, walking pathways around the school and home and locking gates at the school entrance. You can read more on this funding request in the SGVTS 2011-2012 New Day proposal.
Girls at LOVEQTRA
Click here: Loveqtra2 to see a slideshow.
Our involvement and funding of the girls at the Sengchemdrukmo Girls Vocational Training School in Darlag County, Qinghai, continues in 2011. SGVTS is a home and school that welcomes disadvantaged Tibetan girls who have often been rescued from a life of domestic bondage with no educational opportunities or hope for the future. LOVEQTRA is the organisation that founded and runs the home. They are also involved in disaster relief, senior care and medical assistance efforts in Qinghai.
After many obstacles in 2010 remitting money to Chinese NGOs, we were finally able to fund a heating system and washer/dryer for the home. This was co-funded by our partner Silvercrest Foundation. As a washing machine was subsequently donated to the home, LOVEQTRA will be using the remaining funds to build a laundry, canteen and new kitchen.
At a meeting with LOVEQTRA founder Philip Poh in Hong Kong this year we were pleased to hear of the progress of a number of the SGVTS girls, some of whom are now studying at better provincial schools and even at the Guangzhou Foreign Language School. Please have a look at the LOVE REPORT 2010 for more information about the fantastic work they are doing.
We hope that New Day members will finally be able to visit SGVTS in 2011!
On the 23rd of August New Day co-funded a CNY118,518 grant along with the HK-based Silvercrest Foundation for the Sengchemdrukmo Girls Vocational Training School in Qinghai province, China. The grant will be used by LOVEQTRA to install a heating system in the school and home as well as to purchase 2 industrial washer/dryer machines for the girls and staff. This will be the first time that the girls will receive proper heating as they have had to rely on simple yak dung heaters in the past. They will be able to improve their standards of hygiene and health by being able to wash their clothes and bed-clothes regularly whereas before they had to hand wash everything only a few times a year in the freezing stream.
This is the second grant that New Day has made to LOVEQTRA. We wish them continued success with the wonderful work they are doing and we are happy to be a small part of it! Thank you to the Silvercrest Foundation for partnering with us.
Girls at LOVEQTRA
In late February New Day approved a second grant to LOVEQTRA for the installation of a heating system in the girls’ home and school as well as the purchase of an industrial washer/dryer that would allow all the residents to regularly wash their clothes and bed clothes. We secured co-funding from the HK-based Silvercrest Foundation and transferred the money to Qinghai. Unfortunately the funds arrived on the 2nd of March a day after Beijing had implemented severe restrictions on the foreign funding of local NGO’s. LOVEQTRA was not able to withdraw the funds from their account and they had to be repatriated to New Day in Hong Kong. We are very sad about this and remain committed to LOVEQTRA. We are currently looking for a solution to getting the funds to them but will have to wait until the situation calms down. For details on this project you can have a look at the funding proposal we prepared for Silvercrest Foundation here;
LOVEQTRA proposal for Silvercrest Foundation
Ingrid Sun received the final report from LOVEQTRA on their use of the HK$98,000 in funding they received from New Day in June 2008. They used the money to equip a new kitchen to feed the girls, construct a dining room table and benches where the girls eat their meals and complete the construction of the 3rd storey of the Home. This 3rd storey space will house computers for the girls.
Have a look at the report for more details. It is full of photographs of the Home and the girls. final-report-for-new-day-sgh-nov-20081
Thanks, Ingrid, for all your hard work on this project!
Girls Home under construction ….
Girls sitting on their new benches …
Project : LOVEQTRA Sengchemdrukmo Girl’s Home
Location : Qinghai Province, China
Project Leader : Ingrid Sun
Funding status : Items 1 and 3 at a total cost of HK$98,000 in June 2008
LOVEQTRA’s Sengchemdrukmo Girl’s Home (SGH) was set up in 2004 and began formal operation in 2006. The aim is to provide a place where desperate Tibetan girls can find a hope and future beyond the crippling tradition of gender bias within Tibetan society. LOVEQTRA is a legitimate NPO registered with the Qinghai Civil Affairs Department. LOVEQTRA has rescued 40 girls to date from slavery, poverty and orphan-hood and gives them a place where they can live, be cared for, clothed, fed, educated and receive medical care. It has 5 full time staff, 2 of which stay at the home full time and 3 teachers who come in during the day.
LOVEQTRA applied for funding from New Day for the following facilities at SGH:
- CNY 60,000 to complete 60m2 of the 3rd storey of the new school building.
- CNY 23,000 to outfitting one computer room on the 3rd storey with 5 computers.
- CNY 27,000 to equip and furnish the kitchen.