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The focus and cornerstone of our resources and energy presently is centered around giving the village children of Qinyuan County the benefits of a superior education. The inspiration and vision of Bo'Ai (Universal Love) School came in great part from the founder and executive director of Overseas Helping Hands. She realizes that only through a sound education that we can make real and lasting changes for the village children and break them from the shackles of poverty.

Bo'Ai School has evolved to be a shining beacon in education in Shanxi Province and in 2009, it was awarded the honor of Model School of the Province The elementary school is located at Fung Cun Village, Xinyuan County, Shanxi Province in the southwestern corner of the province, five hours by car from Xian of the next province to the west, Shanxi Province or one hour flying time from Beijing to Changzhi and then one and half hour drive to our school.

After the building phase that lasted three years, Bo'Ai School opened its doors in April of 2005. The facility, built on village donated land, stands out strikingly from surrounding structures in this area. Standing opposite Fung Cun Village, it has become a magnet for students, parents and teachers. Bo'Ai enrolls 335 students from thirteen surrounding villages.

Whereas village schools offer only language arts and math, taught by teachers who are middle school graduates, our school offers a comprehensive education including social studies, natural science, computer knowledge, art, music, physical education. We value a holistic education, including character and moral edification. A broad array of strategies help to reinforce best practices like compassion, charity, thanksgiving, personal hygiene, work ethics, team work, responsibility, initiative, honesty, respect and most of all love for our fellowmen and students.

Overseas Helping Hands wants Bo'Ai to be on the cutting edge so our students will be transformed and grow up to be contributing members of society who lead fulfilling lives. Our vision and goals are evident from the lessons and experiences that the students carry with them into their lives, to their homes and their villages.

The students arise at 6:30 AM and bed time is at 9:00 PM, five days a week. Each school hour of the day is packed with learning experiences, taught by a dedicated and enthused staff, who are graduates of teachers-training colleges. Because of the distance that students have to travel to come to the school, students go home only on weekends.

In 2009, the school was awarded the honor of the title of Model School of the Province. We are proud that achievement tests showed our students have improved from 39 when the school opened to 89 average score this last year in government tests. We are grateful that we have a well qualified principal, Principal Xin, leading the teachers. She came out of retirement and she has forty years of teaching experience and more than twenty as a principal. Overseas Helping Hands is also thankful that its Executive Director, together with its Board of Directors, are at the helm overseeing the operation and direction of the school. The Executive Director spends most of the time of the year at the school.

Provided running water to an entire village
Since 2001, seven villages in Qinyuan County enjoy tap water connected to their homes by turning on a faucet that we take so much for granted. Back in 1999, on her first visit to Qinyuan County with Dr. Qiu, the founder of Overseas Helping Hands learned that because of inability to pay U.S. $ 50.00 per household, the farmers could not connect water to their homes from a pipe that had been laid down 7 years ago on the highway. With cooperation from Orphans Overseas, seven villages now enjoy tap water from a faucet in each home. There are no more fights over water and skin diseases are greatly diminished; Instead of baths once a month, the kids could now take baths more often. We also built two new dormitories for Hang Hung Village Middle School when its dilapidated boys and girls dormitories built in the 1050s were ready to collapse.

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