Annie Hou has worked for Omeida Language College for more than 10 years now. She now serves as the director of admissions and VIP services. She likes a busy life and feels satisfied seeing my achievements. When she began working at Omeida, she would have called herself a workaholic, and enjoyed her work and the positive feedback from her peers. But after she took the position that she serves in now, she started to have more time to herself on the weekends and began to realize the importance of balancing work and life. She started spending more time enjoying rock climbing, hiking, yoga and meditation. With time, she also began to reflect on the meaning of life. Eventually, she realized the answer is Love, giving love, receiving love and feeling love.
In 2014, She started use her weekends to do something meaningful. She began to visit poor rural villages around Yangshuo to search for children in need. She talked with the headmasters of the schools to find the students with the greatest needs and then went to see the students and their families for herself.
After seeing their desperate needs face to face, she created a financial agreement for the students and schools to join in, with the purpose of providing financial support.
It's now been two years since she began, and now she's currently helping 46 students, most of which are orphans from poor families, or are being cared for by single parents or grandparents. As students renew their agreements and new students are added, the monetary need increases. 200RMB each month is enough to provide a single student with food and school supplies, totaling 2000 RMB each year. Each time she has shared a story online about helping a student, more people contact her wanting to donate, some even offering to directly support a student for an entire year. As she serves as the middleman between the donors and the families, the generosity she has seen has been extremely touching. She hope to see more people giving financially to help these students in the future.