Last chance to tell us your opinion!

This is the final week of our LHI Donor Survey, which will be closing on Monday, August 4th.  So far we’ve received many replies and have been thrilled with the feedback.  Please keep it coming!  We will be making changes in how we communicate based off of what you tell us, and it is important that your voice be heard.  

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And on top of that, the prize!  A box of Chinese snacks will, still, be delivered to a randomly selected survey participant.  We may not be able to get you a full fresh meal, like the one above being enjoyed by the Zhao family in Fuzhou, but we will send you the next best thing!

Finally, as we continue to wind through the English Camp season, below is a slideshow from our most recent camp at our Fangshan location (ignore the Chinese ad!).

This week and through the middle of next week we are running camps in Fuzhou.  Camp season will be complete on August 6, then the recruitment process for next year can begin!  If you have interest in serving children in China, just get in touch with our main office or leave a comment on this entry.

One last time – our survey can be taken by clicking here.

Halfway Point

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This week sees us right in the middle of one of LHI’s busiest times of year, as we host community children and foreign volunteers at our locations for English camps, as detailed in a previous post.  We’ll have more information on this year’s camps from its participants soon – for now we are looking forward to finishing up the second camp in Fangshan this week, and then running the camp in Fuzhou beginning on July 28.  Fuzhou’s camp will be a bit longer than Fangshan, running a week and a half, and our on-site children will all be attending, and they are all excited for the fun to begin.

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This blog author has been away from Fuzhou for a couple months, but upon returning, next Sunday, we’ll get an update on the new children from this post up as soon as possible, and then have some more pictures from camp available as well.

Despite all the work happening on the China-side of our organization, there’s still one thing happening in the US that everyone reading this can help us out with.  Our survey remains open, and will still be open for more than another week.  We’d love to hear your feedback, and we appreciate the several dozen people who have answered already.  

Remember, by filling out the survey you’ll be entered to win a box of snacks from China, so get in and take it while you still can!

http://www.livinghopeintl.org/survey/

Help us out – And win some snacks!!

Click here to get to the survey!

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Whether you are a donor, a volunteer, someone browsing our blog, or something else entirely – we are interested in hearing your feedback about Living Hope International.

We’ve compiled a survey here on our site which you can get to by clicking this sentence.

Your answers will help us to improve how we operate – however that’s not the only benefit!

A couple lucky people who complete the survey will be selected to receive a box of snacks from China!  Some classic Chinese favorites, impossible to find elsewhere, will be sent right to your doorstep!  If you’ve been missing White Rabbit (milk-flavored tootsie rolls) or salad Pretz (sort of like a savory Pocky), or if you’ve never tried any but are interested – this is your chance!

http://www.livinghopeintl.org/survey/

The survey will remain open through the beginning of August.  Winners will be randomly selected and informed after the survey closes.

We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Things To Do With Your Summer

Over the coming four weeks we will be holding our annual summer camps in both of our China locations.  In Fangshan we will be hosting two week-long camps for community children beginning on Saturday July 12.  Down in Fuzhou we will be hosting a single week-long camp for our residential children, who remain on-site full-time, as well as a group of needy children from the surrounding area.

This year’s teams will be getting here over the next few weeks and we are all very excited to receive them here.  While it is too late to be a part of summer camp 2014, summer camp 2015 is right around the corner!  Here are five things that you could do with your summer before long!

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  1. Make Candy Land a truly international game.  Alright, so this has already been done by a previous camp as pictured here, but you could pick your own classic game and bring it over to China.  That Candy Land set was worn out by the Fuzhou children within weeks of it showing up, and the simple fun of making it to Gum Drop Mountain has proven to be fully cross-cultural.  Though getting stuck in Molasses Swamp is as infuriating as ever.  Playing simple games to both build up relationships and reinforce English instruction, as well as teamwork and other life skills, is a fantastic result that can come from something as small as Candy Land!camp2
  2. Strike a cool pose.  When working together with a small group through a week, you’ll probably form close, important relationships that will stay with you for a long time.  The teens pictured here loved their small group, and have a picture of them being awesome together that they can all treasure.  Especially when working with teens, forming strong attachments and relationships that can last far beyond the week you have is an amazing opportunity!camp3
  3. Work up a sweat.  This picture is from Fangshan a couple years ago, during one of many tug-of-war competitions.  With temperatures hovering around 100 in Fangshan and around 110 in Fuzhou, you will definitely have lots of opportunities to sweat here in China.  Of course, your bedroom and teaching areas will be air conditioned, but this is an environment that will definitely make you sweat!  Whether from the simple daily work of operating cross-culturally or through tug-of-war (or perhaps endless basketball).camp4
  4. Spread joy.  This picture from 2005 shows a classic summer camp game, with the children unaware there is a person hiding under a sheet, and it is still talked about almost a decade later as one of the more hilarious things our children there had ever experienced.  Being able to laugh, whether through sharing a joke like this or just laughing about the many cultural differences you’ll experience, you will find yourself a conduit of joy, and find the same of the children around you!camp5
  5. Have a feast. This could mean something very on-the-nose, as just eating a lot of Chinese food.  And yes, you will be doing that, eating more Chinese food than you can imagine.  But beyond this, you’ll be sharing in a cultural smorgasbord where you’ll get to experience China, a true Eastern culture, over a brief period of time.  A chance to be in the context of our mission — to see, touch, taste, and fully experience what we do — is something we cannot recommend highly enough.

So there’s five things you could be doing in just one short year.  You’ll be hearing from people who participated in 2014 Summer Camps later on in the summer.

If you have any interest in summer camps, get in touch with us via phone (215-540-8810), email (lhisponsorship@gmail.com), or just leave a comment on this post!

Do you remember preparing for finals?

Do you remember the scramble to make sure everything you learned was definitely learned?  Remember the long days of studying and preparing?  Maybe some of you are still in the midst of it!

Our children certainly are in the midst of it.  Here are two of our kids in Beijing, getting ready for this week’s testing.

Good luck!  加油!

(click for full-size, perfect for desktops!)

(click for full-size, perfect for desktops!)