I don’t know about you, but when I was a school-aged child growing up, about the last thing on my mind on Sundays was doing homework! Well, that isn’t the case for the students that are physically able to attend school at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life.
This photograph was taken on a Sunday, and these two are doing homework. I think the girl on the left is twelve years old, and the boy on the right is thirteen. Last year, the boy had the highest math grades in his class, and this year he has the highest overall grades in his class!
This young girl is doing schoolwork on Sunday also. She got a late start with school, because the schools have a rule about the disability she has and not letting those children attend, but the lady that leads the special needs orphanage kept fighting and getting more and more people involved, and finally the school accepted her. I can’t tell you how much better her days are now that she gets to go to school!
This friend of mine once loved for me to hold him with his feet above his head, and pick him up and hold him near the chandelier. He and the fellow in the first picture used to like for me to hold out my arms and they would climb me like monkeys; but those days are past, and now he is more interested in his school work.
It is thrilling for me to see the money Global Partners in Life spends for their education being put to good use. We spend $45 a month per child for their school fees, books, and lunches. It costs $164 per year per child for their school supplies. In China, students wear uniforms to school, so we also spend $75 for one winter and one summer uniform per child.