Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chinese Students Move from a Cave to New Classrooms Monitor Story Inspired Readers to Raise Funds for School in Rural Shaanxi

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Chinese Students Move from a Cave to New Classrooms Monitor Story Inspired Readers to Raise Funds for School in Rural Shaanxi

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Children in remote Yangjiagou, China, now play outside a new brick primary school that replaces the dingy cave where they used to study. The eight-room school, the village's first brick building, was completed in July with $7,000 raised by Friends of Rural China Education (FORCE), a nonprofit Florida-based group.

The organization was founded by Chinese-American Lin-yi Wu and her husband, Dr. Hung-sen Wu, after they read an April 27, 1992 Monitor article detailing the plight of schoolchildren in Yangjiagou, Shaanxi Province. The article described how the school's teacher, Bai Guiling, struggled to teach two grades at once in the dimness of the earthen dugout, which had only one paper window. Teacher Bai oversaw the construction of the new school, overcoming such obstacles as corrupt and envious local officials. Now Bai is delighted to welcome her 50 pupils into bright classrooms with glass-paned windows.

"We are very happy that one school is done," says FORCE co-founder Mrs. …

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