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A little known fact of life in China came to light when the diary of a 14-year-old peasant girl made it from a remote town in rural China made it to the bestseller lists in France. The book, which has now been published in 16 countries around the world, tells the story of a young girl who is desperate to stay in school, despite the problem of sky-high school fees, which her parents can not afford.

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  • Letter 30 - Mar/apr 2005

    01 mai 2005 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM NINGXIA / z Letter 30, April 2005 First, let me tell you the story of a real miracle in Zhang Jia Shu, Ma Yan s native village. We had already mentioned the operation on a small boy with a congenital deformity of his feet,...

  • Washington Post - June 12, 2005

    19 juin 2005 ( #in the press )

    NEWS / z For Young Readers Washington Post / Sunday, June 12, 2005; Page BW11 The Diary of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl, edited and introduced by Pierre Haski, translated from the French by Lisa Appignanesi (HarperCollins, $15.99;...

  • Support the team of Enfants du Ningxia at Hongkong’s Trailwalker !

    07 octobre 2004 ( #NEWS- )

    Sans titre-1 NEWS / z Support the team of Enfants du Ningxia at Hongkong s Trailwalker ! On November 5 and 6, a team bearing the colors of Enfants du Ningxia successfully took part in the famous Mac Lehose Trailwalker race in Hongkong. This grueling 100-km...

  • Our first college student

    20 juillet 2005 ( #NEWS- )

    Her name is Yan Xia, and she was born to a poor peasant family in the southern Ningxia village of Zhang Jia Shu, also Ma Yan's birthplace. Yan Xia is now proud to be the first girl from her village to enter university in september after successfully passing...

  • "Why we are running"

    15 novembre 2005 ( #NEWS- )

    Laurent Parzy is the captain of the team "Children of Ningxia" which ran in Hong Kong's Trailwalker race this year. He explains why he decided to run for the second consecutive year in this gruelling race aimed at supporting humanitarian causes. "I am...

  • A word from the teacher...

    15 novembre 2005 ( #NEWS- )

    Anne-Marie Bordas, a chinese-language professor at Hong Kong's french international school has been the key person in organizing her school's support to Ningxia and to mobilise for the Trailwalker race. She wrote this article for the Hong Kong medias....

  • letter from the ningxia 28

    07 décembre 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 28 - Nov-Dec 2004 Dear All, On 29 November 2004 the Association held its general assembly in Paris. This gave us an opportunity to take stock at the end of a year rich in successfully completed projects...

  • letter from the ningxia 29

    01 janvier 2005 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM NINGXIA / z Letter 29 - Jan 2005 Dear All, Let me first repeat my good wishes for the New Year 2005, and wish you well for the Chinese Year of the Rooster, which begins on 9 February ! The end of last year was overshadowed...

  • letter 32 - September 05

    15 octobre 2005 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Dear all, The new school year of September 2005 in Ningxia is remarkable in a number of ways. Firstly, we have the joy of now counting for the first time a university student amongst our scholarship recipients. Yang Xia, who is from Zhang Jia Shu, Ma...

  • Letter 35 - Jan-Feb 2006

    07 mai 2006 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Hello to all, And first, a happy Chinese new year of the dog. This turn of the year will also mark a change in our association. After more than five years spent in China, I have returned to France in January. That means also that I will have to cease...

  • Letter 36 - Spring 2006

    07 mai 2006 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Hello First a word to explain my long silence since the last letter in January. It is due to the fact we had to restructure ourselves after my return to Paris, and that responsibility was passed over to Perrine in Beijing. But be assured that silence...

  • Letter 31 May-June 2005

    14 juin 2005 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    THE LETTER FROM NINGXIA / z Letter 31 May-June 2005 Dear All, For the second year running, students at the Lyçée français international (LFI) of Hong Kong went to Ningxia at the end of May to visit the educational institutions and the communities whom...

  • letter 4 ( Fev 2002)

    07 février 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 4 - 7 February 2002 Dear All An update on our project, before the [Chinese] New Year, which this time falls onto 12 February. Our bank account was opened only ten days ago, but it has already received...

  • Contacts /

    06 mars 2004 ( #Who are we )

    Who are we? The french-registered non-governmental organization Enfants du Ningxia is still very young : its first general assembly was held in October, 2002... But its action is actually older, as it started on an informal basis at the beginning of 2002,...

  • letter from the ningxia 20

    07 janvier 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 20 - January 2004 Dear all, Since our last trip to Ningxia, we ve have had many letters from there, especially letters to wish us a good Year of the Serpent ! The school holidays are almost over and...

  • letter from the ningxia 21

    07 février 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 21 - February 2004 The month of March promises to be rich in events... MA YAN GOES TO PARIS. If all goes well Ma Yan will come to France to attend the Book Fair (Salon de Livre) in Paris from 19 to 24...

  • letter from the ningxia 22

    07 mars 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 22 - March 2004 Hello, March has been an important month for us : Ma Yan went to Paris ! She was invited by the publishing house Ramsay to attend the 2004 Paris Book fair celebrating Chinese literature....

  • letter from the ningxia 23

    07 avril 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 23 - April 2004 Dear all, First of all, some news from Ma Yan, who has now returned to her village and to school from her fabulous trip to Paris. Her mother rang us to say she had found her transformed...

  • letter from the ningxia 24

    07 mai 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 24 - may 2004 Dear all, HONG KONG in NINGXIA. It was a truly astonishing sight : on 22 May 2004 fifteen students of the Hong Kong Lycée Français and four of their teachers could be seen retracing Ma...

  • letter from the ningxia 25

    07 juillet 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 25 - Summer 2004 Dear All The schools in Ningxia have closed now for the summer vacation, not without one last stressful event in the form of the exams for the finalists. Since they decide what institution...

  • letter from the ningxia 26

    07 septembre 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 26 - September 04 Hello, The return of September marks the beginning of a new era for the Association of the children of Ningxia, in various senses, for not only has the number of bursaries we have granted...

  • letter from the ningxia 27

    07 octobre 2004 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 27 - October 04 Dear All Our Association has had some historical moments... Computers. On Monday, 25 October, we inaugurated the multimedia room for which we had provided funding to Yuwang High School,...

  • Lettre 1 ( Janvier 02)

    01 janvier 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 1 - 17 January 2002 Dear All As a consequence of the report published in Libération, there are now about twenty of you, based in France, Belgium and Britain, who have shown your willingness to help Ma...

  • Lettre 2 ( Junuary 2002)

    07 janvier 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 2 - 21 January 2002 Dear All I have received largely favourable responses to my proposal about helping Ma Yan ; only one response expressed some reservations. My assistant has already written to Ma Yan...

  • Letter 3 ( Fev 2002)

    01 février 2002 ( #Letter from the Ningxia )

    Sans titre-1 THE LETTER FROM THE NINGXIA / z Letter 3 - 29 January 2002 Hello, Thanks for all your messages and for the concrete commitments you have made in them. The sums you have promised will allow us to do, without further hesitation, what we have...

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