Dear Supporters and Friends,

We hope you and your family had a wonderful summer. As the new school year starts, we would like to reflect on how this summer went with EGRC girls. Both our staff and the girls remained positive and flexible, despite the uncertainties brought on by Covid. We are proud to say that we completed every planned activity and the girls appreciatively summed up this summer as another season of learning.

National Scholarship to do Graduate Study Abroad

Yali Jiang is an EGRC-sponsored music student from Lanzhou University of Arts and Science and she graduated this summer in Voice. Yali received a full scholarship offered by the China Ministry of Education to do her Master’s Program at the Russian State Pedagogical University. After a summer of Russian language training, she is ready to take on her next exciting journey.

Summer Activity Recap

First High School Students Study Trip

In the last week of July, EGRC organized a 7-day study trip in Beijing. Twenty EGRC Grade 12 students and four rural high school teachers participated.

Rural students generally live in an isolated environment, and 90% of EGRC high school girls have never been to a city and have little knowledge of the outside world.

We designed this trip for the girls to gain these experiences:

  • studying / living with their peers from international schools
  • visiting universities and businesses
  • cultural exposure

The feedback from the girls was overwhelmingly positive. They felt inspired and armed with new knowledge and ideas to take home.

Thank The Sino – Canada Concord College Beijing and Keystone Academy who hosted and organized activities for the girls and teachers. 

Selection of New Students / Summer training

In August, we selected 32 new university students to join the EGRC program. The annual summer training sessions took place for the university students and their parents. A parent-child specialist conducted the training. This is the 3rd consecutive year that we have offered similar training. Through these sessions the relationships between the parents and the girls gradually improved. They learned better ways to communicate and show love and appreciation.

English Camp

Due to travel restrictions, we had to change over the 5-day English camp to online learning. Dr Karin Daniels and Elizabeth Parker from Sino – Canada Concord College Beijing taught 23 EGRC university students. Elizabeth Parker is an experienced ESL teacher. Her teaching was focused on inspiring the students to speak up in class. Dr. Karin Daniels shared a great deal about gender issues, women’s empowerment and leadership role from a global perspective through her teaching.

We would like to thank these two great teachers!

Giving back

Alumni Annual Crowdfunding

Alumni Annual Crowdfunding started in 2015. This year they set up a goal of 90,000 RMB (CAD 18,000) and started the campaign in the beginning of July. In three weeks, nearly 200 alumni made donations which raised a total of 92,870 RMB (CAD 18,574). The funds raised are going to sponsor five high school students for their three years of study.

Annual Summer Teaching Camp

EGRC university students have made it a tradition to conduct summer teaching camps in their villages. This annual event is a way for our girls to give back to their own communities. At the same time, the girls exercise their organizational and leadership skills.  Even though in-person camps could not be organized this summer they did not give up, providing online classes to 100 plus students from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

Fundraising

Vancouver Scotiabank Charity Challenge

The four-week-long Vancouver Scotiabank Challenge event in June raised a total of CAD 9,600.

Toronto Online Auction

On July 24th EGRC Ontario Committee members hosted an online fundraiser. A total of 33 local businesses participated and raised CAD 10,000.

EGRC would like to acknowledge and  deeply thank these fundraisers and donors who supported our EGRC girls.