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Traveler visits help Chinese students improve their English skills. 

"The sites in China do much with little, and we were aware of the lack of supplies. Yet the teachers manage to give encouragement to the students, and you could feel the love for the teachers and visitors."

Jean and Donald Haller—Douglasville, Georgia

Travelers with OAT may visit ....

Guang Ming Primary School
De Ji Orphanage
Partner since:
2004
Total donated: $83,689

At Guang Ming Primary School, which serves 300 students, Foundation funds have provided a new computer room, a library, sporting goods and musical instruments, and various repairs. We've also helped the families of the poorest students to pay their school fees for a year. In addition to the visible improvements to the school's facilities, we've been amazed at the positive change in the students. Interacting with OAT travelers has greatly improved their self confidence and English skills.

In Tibet, 90 youngsters ranging in age from two months to 16 years old find a home at the De Ji Orphanage. Founded in 1992, the orphanage (also called the Dickey Orphanage) is named after its generous founder, who refers to herself as the "mother" of all of her residents. With no financial support from the Chinese government, the De Ji Orphanage is entirely reliant upon outside donors. Since 2004, we've supported the welfare of the 70 resident orphans by constructing a dormitory complex so that each child could finally have his or her own bed; and providing new shoes and warm clothing for the children.

School in session:

Late February through mid-December

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Pens and Pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Educational toys
  • If you wish to bring shoes or clothing for the De Ji Orphanage, there will be an opportunity to shop in Lhasa

Travelers with Grand Circle may visit ...

Huo Kou Primary School
Shao Ping Dian Primary School
Partner since: 2004
Total donated: $50,833

Located in the village of Shao Ping Dian, just outside of Xian, the Shao Ping Dian Primary School has 180 students, 18 teachers, and 6 classrooms, and students can take classes in Chinese, English, math, music, painting, and sports. To date, Grand Circle Foundation has donated funds for computers, musical instruments, painting supplies, and scholarships. What's more, a team of 38 associates based in our China office painted the school's windows and doors as a Grand Circle Community Service project. The team was welcomed not only by teachers and students, but also by members of the local community, who own the school.

Also in Shao Ping Dian, the Foundation supports the Huo Kou Primary School. Here, our donations have helped provide computers, athletic equipment, traditional Chinese musical instruments, a new library and books, new bathroom facilities, and new desks.

School in session:

Late February through mid-December

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Pens and Pencils
  • Drawing paper
  • Educational toys