|Posted by Kim on May 12, 2011 at 1:20 AM|
In a joint effort with SEAPC, Children in Need will be setting up a pen pal program between our club members and the Tibetan children who are diagnosed with congenital heart diseases and brought by SEAPC to the hospital in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, for heart surgery. Not only do we, as a club, aim to raise money to help needy children around the world, we also wish to expand our knowledge of their situations, and find new ways to touch, to help, and to inspire them. By having a pen pal program, we will be able to have a direct dialog with these children and learn more about their lives, especially after their treatments.
For their first letter, our members will write simple sentences in English to wish the children well on their surgeries. On May 14, Linda Salley and her husband Richard from SEAPC will bring these letters to the hospital in Tibet. At the hospital, SEAPC will have a translator read the letters to the Tibetan kids.
Maybe before the surgeries, the Tibetan kids will write letters in response to our members. Linda will bring these letters back to the US. Whatever language the Tibetan kids want to use would be alright because SEAPC will have someone in China write an English translation out for the US kids.
In the summer, our club members will write more letters to these Tibetan children to reinforce our support for them. Peggy and Caitlin will hand carry these letters to Tibet in August. Hopefully we will get these Tibetan children to tell us how their lives have changed after the surgeries.
Members who have signed up for this pen pal program are: Peggy Cui, Caitlin Gowdy, Kimberly Lin, Gaby Berbey, Elena Kim, Kelly Lee, Hanna Kim, Libby Reyff, Crystal Shan, Rita Hu, Angela Lo, Joanna Lu, Nicole Chang, and Rita Chang.
We would like to thank Matt, Linda and Richard for helping us to carry our first letters to these Tibetan children. Our club will also donate $1,000 to SEAPC for their devotion to and support for these children.
This pen pal program was later cancelled due to difficult communication between the west and Tibet.