Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2016 – Lingyun County, Guangxi Province
The children at Lingyun Ethnic Middle School entering the classroom for our discussion
She asked, “How can I turn passive learning into active learning?”
Before starting the discussion, Volunteer Teacher Wang performed roll call
Teacher Liu from Shenzhen explaining the principles of robotics to the children
Lingyun county’ s beautiful landscape
Although this orphaned student had excellent grades, he was hesitant to take the high school entrance exam because he did not want to increase his uncle’ s financial burden. Auntie Jian assured him the program would pay for his living expenses throughout the three years of high school.
Before the evening discussion, we gathered on the basketball court of Lingyun Ethnic Middle School, where Teacher Liu demonstrated aerial photography using a drone
Auntie Lin interviewing and filling out the application for a new student applying to the program
Auntie Jian teaching the students how to study English and the proper attitude when faced with adversity. Auntie Lin summarized with concise points on the blackboard, helping the students to take notes easily.
Auntie Lin explaining the difference between a positive and proactive attitude versus a negative and passive attitude
As Auntie Lin taught, the students of Jiayou Junior High School each drew a tree of positivity, where each fruit represented a positive attitude
Remembering her father who passed away many years ago, this child from Jiayou Junior High School cried silently
Teacher Zhuo documenting information from the one-on-one interview with the students
Auntie Lin telling a story
Evening discussion at Lingyun Ethnic Middle School
The children diligently taking notes on the important points
Teacher Wang from Shenzhen teaching the children the interactive game “We are all one family”
Volunteer Teacher Liu assembling a drone. Everyone was both curious and excited.
Although the old wooden house they lived in was very simple, having the entire family healthy and together is already a blessing
The home of this student from Luolou is deep in the valley
On the way to a home visit in Luolou
The stairwell door was locked. We’ re waiting for the teacher to unlock the door.
The students at Lingyun High School did not want to say goodbye
Auntie Li from Shenzen was surprised by the field of canola flowers we saw on the way for a home visit
The children of Jiayou Junior High School
After more than an hour by car through the rugged mountain roads, we finally arrived a Luolou Township
Volunteers taking a photo with all the students of the Tomorrow Program at Lingyun Ethnic Middle School
Volunteers taking a photo with the students of the Tomorrow Program from Luolou Junior High School
The volunteers are full of positive energy
Issuing educational grants
Ready? The drone is about to take an aerial photograph!
Half of this student’ s decrepit home had collapsed. After her surgery for cancer, the mother was working out of province along with the father to repay her debts. This student lived with her grandmother (second of the left).
This student’ s mother left after he was born. The father (left) has been suffering from epilepsy for more than a decade, and collapses two to three times a day. The family relies on the grandfather (second from the right), and has no sources of income.
This student’ s mother left after he was born. His father works in a faraway place. He does not have a home, so he lives with his grandmother at his uncle’ s house.
Auntie Li giving treats and candies to the children
The mother of this student from Lingyun Ethnic Middle School passed away four years ago. Along with his younger brother, they live with his disabled uncle, under the care of his aunt (third from the right).
Teacher Wang explaining how to chant and exercise
Teacher Wang explaining the interactive game “We are all one family” to the students of Luolou
Lingyun High School in the evening