Cindy is an average looking lady in her 50s, just like most Chinese house wives in her age: out of shape, short, curly black hair, always carrying a pair of reading glasses in her shoulder purse. Cindy used to have a good life and owned a small business in Guangdong China before she moved to the United States. After her two children graduated from middle school, she decided to give up her business, her friends, and her home to move to the States with her family to seek a better education for her children.
After three years being in the States, she still struggles to recall the alphabet fluently. Since she spent most of her time making a living in a Chinese restaurant every day, she hardly has any opportunities to learn English. As Cindy was telling me how hard it was to live here without knowing how to speak English, I can see tears in the corner of her eyes, waiting to fall. She wants to make enough money to support her children to go to university, but without knowing a word of English, she can only work in Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. Cindy often faces exploitation in work just because she does not know English. Even though she is in her mid-50s, yet she has a strong desire to learn this new language.
Sharing Christ’s Love
It was almost impossible for her to hire a private tutor due to her finical problem. Somehow she found Pui Tak center, which is e able to offer her free one on one private tutoring. After chatting with me for about an hour and a half, she asked if I get paid by Pui Tak to tutor her. I said, “no.” Then she asked if I received any benefits from the government for doing this? I said, “no.” Seeing the surprised expression on her face, I knew it was hard for her to believe that many other volunteers and I were coming here weekly to teach English for free. I told her that sometimes helping people makes us happier than earning a lot of money. Silence went on for a while. She then promised me that she will give her best effort to learn and try her best to practice.
To Serve Immigrants like Cindy
Not only Cindy, but many other Chinese immigrants that live in Chinatown whom moved to Chicago to seek a better life, are living much more difficult live than when they were in China. Most of them are stuck in Chinatown because they do not speak any English. Many of them are lonely, being exploited by their employer in a foreign country. Pui Tak Center provides a great place for these immigrants to learn English and help adjust the culture, as well as a place for Christian to show love and help those in need. There are massive needs for tutors weekly, click www.puitak.org now to learn more about how to volunteer with us!
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Inner City Impact (ICI) exists to serve the children from Chicago’s inner city and to bring them hope. We are a non-profit organization that operates through generous donors and committed volunteers, who have deep compassion and love for Chicago’s inner city children, and who desire to see the kids impacted by the good news of Jesus Christ. In order to reach as many kids as possible, we are located in two different neighborhoods: Logan Square and Cicero.
What we do: After School Programs
We open our doors for after school programs from Tuesdays through Fridays for kids and teenagers between 5-18 years. Our staff embraces the given time with the kids as they give them their full attention while playing, doing crafts and hanging out with them. Every Friday we intentionally set time apart to share with the kids the good news of the gospel in form of interactive Bible studies.
What we desire: To See Chicago’s Inner City Kids Impacted
It is our desire to make the kids feel welcomed and to provide a safe space for them. We hope that ICI is a place in which the kids feel loved and are given the opportunity to be honest, to heal and to grow.
“It is our desire to make a difference in these kids’ lives, to bring children hope by offering them a safe place, and to share with them the good news of Jesus Christ. “
Did you want to be an astronaut? A veterinarian? Maybe a Broadway star or a firefighter? Whether or not your dreams came true, was there a time when you believed that they could?
All kids have dreams, but some dreams seem out of reach
The kids F.A.I.R.E. Garden works with in Haiti also have dreams. In their case, though, poverty and lack of education stand as giant obstacles to their completion.
How can children realize their dreams without a basic education? And how can they hope to focus on their schooling when they are hungry, thirsty, or, worse, living on the street? We at F.A.I.R.E. Garden believe that God created each of these children for a reason and has a plan for each of their lives. Yet many of the situations they are currently living in are not conducive to living their best lives or, in some cases, even to living.
According to Unicef, only 48.7% of adults in Haiti were considered literate in 2012.
F.A.I.R.E. Garden wants to change that for the children of Haiti
F.A.I.R.E. Garden is working to change that for the next generation. We are a Christian children’s ministry working to empower the children of Haiti to live their best possible lives. Through our clean water program, community development strategies, and orphan ministry we seek to share the love of Christ with the children He loves so well.
F.A.I.R.E. Garden looks into the future to see a Haiti where every child has the potential to realize their dreams. To get there, though, we need your help. We are looking for people to partner with us in prayer and financial giving, as well as volunteers to join us on our next trip down to Haiti. Will you join us in showing the love of God to the children of Haiti through sustainable, empowering aid?
We’d love for you to partner with us on our next trip down to Haiti! The application can be found under “Go”.
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