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Lu and Amanda: Friends through Pearl S. Buck International

China, September 2016

Lu, from Chongshi Girls School, befriended Amanda through Pearl S. Buck International’s Child Sponsorship program. Although Lu never met her Child Sponsor Amanda in person, they corresponded regularly, shared interests, talked about hardships, and imagined their futures. Thanks to help from Amanda and Pearl S. Buck International, Lu was able to continue her studies at Chongshi Girls School.

“I was honored and overwhelmed when I found out I was selected for the freshman class at Chongshi Girls School,” said Lu. She received so much support from Amanda, who asked for nothing in return. The school organized all the girls to write thank you letters to their overseas sponsors. Lu took that opportunity to express her heartfelt gratitude to her sponsor and friend Amanda.

Amanda generously provided for the meals, clothing and school supplies Lu needed to get the most out of school and continue her studies. Amanda crossed cultural boundaries to befriend and support Lu, regardless of her nationality or creed. The kindness between Amanda and Lu is proof that the legacy of Pearl S. Buck lives on in the hearts and actions of Child Sponsors. The bond between Amanda and Lu reflects the special relationship with China that Pearl S. Buck so cherished.

Chinese Student Lu's Success Story with her Child Sponsor