Project Hope at Cornell is a student organization at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY dedicated to helping raise funds and awareness for improved education in rural China. Our purpose is to provide impoverished school children in rural China with support and funds to attend school and acquire a basic education. To make this possible, we fundraise in the Ithaca and Cornell communities.
While we are not a direct part of, nor incorporated with the China Youth Development Foundation, we use them as the bridge between the money we raise and the children we help. We have contacts with local administrators in China that help us distribute our money and provide us with follow up reports on the students or other projects (i.e. libraries, schools) that we may sponsor.
1. To prevent orphaned, single-parent and underprivileged children from dropping out of school due to poverty. 2. To promote awareness and to improve the quality of education for children facing poverty in rural areas of China.
Project Hope at Cornell was founded in the spring of 2005 by Yuantian Leslie Huang. Since then, the club has grown in size and reach and we continuously strive to be successful in our fundraising and advocacy.
How We Work
Because our resources are finite, we have the following priorities:
We commit to helping children finish their primary education. This means we will fund the education of the older children first, then younger children as funds become available
If we fund a child, we will continue to fund him or her to the completion of their education. Thus we will only commit to sponsoring children if our resources allow
Because giving the gift of education is of paramount importance, we will always fund students first, and only if resources permit, will we do additional things like library building and school renovations
We recognize that members of the Cornell community have entrusted us with their hard earned money in donating to us. In return, Cornell Project Hope demands accountability from those whom we sponsor by:
Requiring the name and family situation of every child we sponsor
Requiring that yearly progress reports are given to us about how the money we donated was used
Requiring yearly correspondence letters from the children we sponsor
Project Hope at Cornell ProjectHopeatCornell@gmail.com