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I will be teaching English, Music, Art, and PE to children at Ark Orphanage in Tibet, China. Government funding is very limited, so most of the teachers and supplies come out of donations and volunteering. I would like to bring an excellent learning experience to the disadvantaged children in Ark Orphanage. The funding will help me buy the notebooks, art supplies, and PE equipment to make the classroom environment come alive and help the children learn in a fun and productive way.

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Dollars Raised: 101%

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Deadline: Aug 31, 2014
Total needed: $700

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Tibetan Orphanage Elizabeth Lee
Elizabeth Lee ’17 Undecided  California and Shanghai

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Tibetan Orphanage children

Ever since I moved to Shanghai five years ago, I’ve realized how English and teaching have become vital skills in improving the lives of disadvantaged communities. The holistic academic life of Ark Orphanage (rare in China) inspired me to use my abilities to make a difference in the lives of these children. As a regular donor to the cause, I would like to further my involvement by actually interacting with the children and create a positive learning environment.

I will bring school supplies (notebooks, art supplies, PE equipment) and will work to enhance classroom environment at a Tibetan Orphanage, while volunteering to teach English, Music, Art, and PE.  MiddSTART funding will give me the financial capital to buy these necessary supplies for the children.  It will also suuport the costs of lodging and travel.

Government funding is very limited, so most of the teachers and supplies come out of donations and volunteering. I would like to bring an excellent learning experience to the disadvantaged children in Ark Orphanage. The funding will help me buy the notebooks, art supplies, and PE equipment to make the classroom environment come alive and help the children learn in a fun and productive way.

Facebook is banned in China, so I will be sending updates using email.


  • Elizabeth Lee

    Packages are starting to arrive! Pictured are soap, colored paper, and colored pencils. We have also received the shampoo, jump ropes, notebooks, conditioner, and toothpaste! Toothpaste was especially welcome because the orphanage had been in low supply. Thank you for all the contributions to help make this happen!

  • Elizabeth Lee

    So far, we’ve thought of a few ways to engage the kids intellectually and physically. In the first picture, we are playing a Chinese version of “Duck, Duck, Goose”. In the second, we hosted a creativity competition, allowing the kids to build structures using only 4 pieces of foam and 5 sticks. We separated the kids into three groups, and saw complex and exquisite sculptures come alive. The image shows the group that made the tallest structure.

  • Elizabeth Lee

    An Update:

    I have contacted the orphanage recently, asking what they need. Instead of donating all stationary supplies, the orphanage actually indicated that they need white rice, shampoo, and toothpaste more. I will be allocating more funds to these daily necessities, while still providing some school supplies (such as notebooks, colored pencils, etc.). This way, the children’s more immediate needs will be met effectively.

    I have been ordering the supplies off a Chinese version of Amazon called Taobao and will have the goods be delivered to the orphanage. I have also brought some stationary with me to bring to the kids.

  • ABR Riolu

    GOOO ELIZABETHH! <3 and wear your short shorts :p

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