Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2016 – Jingxi County, Guangxi Province
The countdown to the national college entrance exam has begun. Every year, we review the important things to know for the college entrance exam and ask the students to write them down.
Zhiqi prepared material for high school English, and patiently taught the students of Jingxi High School.
More than one hundred students at Jingxi High School were in the Tomorrow Program
High school students are under enormous pressure. As the countdown to the college entrance exam began, Auntie Jian taught the children methods to relieve stress.
Zhiqi taking a photo with the seniors of Jingxi High School
Nanpo Township is a 1.5 hour drive from the county seat, close to the border with Vietnam. The conditions are difficult, and many students here are in our program.
A student from Nanpo took the initiative to help Brother Zhiqi with roll call
Students signing the receipts after receiving their education grants
During a home visit in Nanpo, this student’ s grandmother explained the family situation
Using plastic tarps for the walls, this home had almost nothing except for two wooden cabinets
The stones in these steps were loose
The student’ s grandmother carried bundles of firewood she had picked up. She declined Zhiqi’ s offers to help.
The student’ s mother cried as she spoke
Answering questions from the seniors at Nanpo Junior High School
Assistant Principal Wei from Nanpo Junior High school reminded the students to have gratitude in their hearts
A girl from Kuixu Junior High School helped with roll call
The student cried as she talked. Her father passed away half a year ago. Her mother works out of province, and has not been home for more than ten years. She is probably not coming back. The three siblings live with their grandparents.
On the way to a home visit
A home visit in Kuixu
The mother passed away many years ago. The Father works in a garbage dump in Guangdong, and comes home once a year.
The grandmother fell down the ladder at home and broke her left hand. She still cannot move it now.
The grandmother had fallen down from the ladder on the right of the photo
Two students helping Auntie Jian down the mountain
Brother Zhiqi teaching the Kuixu Junior High School students English
Teacher Zhuo interviewing a new student applying to the Tomorrow Program
After the discussion, a girl from Kuixu handed Auntie Jian a letter and hugged her to say goodbye.
The children of Kuixu were reluctant to say goodbye.
When he was informed that Auntie Jian had fallen ill, Director Zhao from the Jingxi Department of Education (third from left) joined our volunteer team on our visit to Ande, Guole, and Longlin.
Home visit in Ande
Zhiqi found some time to organize the home visit records
Teacher Zhuo, Director Zhao, and the school accountant (right) helped put the education grants into envelopes.
Teacher Zhuo encouraging the students at Ande
Because she had completely lost her voice due to a sore throat, Auntie Jian asked Zhiqi to relay a few important points to the students of Ande
As they received their education grants, the children of Ande reminded Auntie Jian to rest so that she would recover quickly
Brother Zhiqi told the students of Ande Junior High School about the importance of continuing their education
Director Zhao helped hand out the education grants to students at Guole Junior High School
Brother Zhiqi talking with the students of Guole
After the discussion, several students from Guole Junior High School stayed behind to ask questions
A student from Longlin helping with roll call
By using a portable microphone, Auntie Jian was able to speak with the students of Longlin even though her voice was weak and hoarse
With the encouragement from Auntie Jian, the seniors of Longlin Junior High School confidently said, “We’ ll see you at Jingxi High School next semester!”