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    Visiting with Teachers from Yangjuan

    Posted on November 19, 2016 by in Blog

      Last month, I went on a rather rollicking research trip with my Nuosu colleague Aga Rehamo, her husband Muge, who kindly drove the family car for a week over roads not meant for it, and two bright graduate students from Sichuan Normal University College of Education: Wang Huan and Feng Shuang.  We were visiting schools [...]

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    The Good Death of Yangjuan Primary School

    Posted on November 17, 2016 by in Blog

    Back in 1998, Ma Lunzy and Benoît Vermander had a dream; a primary school in Ma’s home village of Yangjuan, which would provide elementary education to a community where less than half the children ever went to school, and would also serve as a community center.  Through the efforts of many local and outside people, [...]

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    Moving to the Finish Line

    Posted on November 6, 2016 by in Blog

    We’re back, after way too long.  A lot has happened since we last blogged, and I’ll be posting every few days for the next couple of weeks. Today I wanted to lay out some of the more important things I’ll be writing about: 1) Yangjuan Primary school is closed.  The decision was made by the [...]

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  • News Release: Cool Mountain Education Fund Receives Grant to Fund Scholarships in China

    Posted on December 16, 2015 by in Blog

    The Journey Charitable Foundation of Houston, Texas has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Cool Mountain Education Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The grant will provide scholarships for female Nuosu ethnic minority graduates of the rural Yangjuan Primary School in Yanyuan County, Sichuan, China to attend high school and college. Many [...]

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    Calendars are Here!

    Posted on December 10, 2015 by in Blog

    This is just a quick note to let our subscribers know that the 2016 calendars are here. As before, please Order it here, or send email to Steve Tami Geoff (especially if you’re in the UK or on the continent), Rachel, Sara,Eddie (if you’re in East Asia), Lauren, or the calendar photographer and designer, Kaitlin. [...]

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    We have beautiful new Neo-Nuosu jewelry

    Posted on November 28, 2015 by in Blog

    Nuosu people love jewelry.  Young women adorned in silver display not only their youth and beauty but their family’s wealth. Older women are more modest in their display, but still sport a pair of silver earrings, a ring or two, and a silver collar.  Men customarily wore a silver earring in the left ear, as [...]

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    2016 Calendars are on the way

    Posted on November 27, 2015 by in Blog

    We’re delighted to report that our 2016 Cool Mountain Education Fund calendars are at the printers, and should be here by December 7 at the latest. Calendars are still only $20, plus $5 shipping for an order of any size, or you can pick it up from a board member for free. Order it here! [...]

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    Success!

    Posted on October 2, 2015 by in Blog

      Thanks to the generosity of many of our donors (listed below), we have met our goal of raising enough funds to provide seven more college scholarships and nine more high school scholarships to students whose names were unavailable to us when we carried out our last scholarship ceremony  in late August. Our new board [...]

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    Successful Scholarships and an Appeal

    Posted on September 18, 2015 by in Blog

    On August 22, we arrived in Yangjuan for our latest yearly visit: Our newest board member, He Wenhai; Nuosu education researcher Aga Rehamo, who will be spending the next two years at UW; old friends Tom Hinckley, Sara Jo Viraldo, Keala Hagmann, and I.  We came in the wake of a flood that devastated Apiladda [...]

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    Going to a good school

    Posted on June 6, 2015 by in Blog

    My Nuosu colleague Aga Rehamo (now a professor at Sichuan Normal University in Chengdu) and I wrote an article about the changing ways Nuosu people are adapting to education, as many parents’ goal for their has risen from “going to school” to “going to a good school,” which at the high school level means going [...]

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