International Day of the Girl (国际女童日): Let’s give girls a bright future

Today is the International Day of the Girl.

According to the United Nations’s website: “Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights……The world’s 1.1 billion girls are a source of power, energy, and creativity – and the millions of girls in emergencies are no exception. This year’s International Day of the Girl (IDG) on October 11 marks the beginning of a year-long effort to spur global attention and action to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises.”

Let’s work together to give girls a bright future.

今天(10月11日),是国际女童日。

你一定对“International Day of the Girl”(国际女童日)这个节日感到些许陌生吧。在2011年的12月,联合国安理会通过法案,确立每年的10月11日为全世界的国际女童日。

那这个为了全世界11亿女童而设定的节日,它的意义何在?而它是在什么样的背景下诞生的呢?

根据联合国的官方网站,关于IDG有如下的介绍:

 

自2012年以来,每年的10月11日被定为国际女童日,旨在突显和解决女童面临的各种需求和挑战,同时促进女童赋权并实现其人权。

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全球11亿女童充满活力、蓄势待发,且极具创造力,当前深陷各种危机的女童也不列外。今年10月11日国际女童日标志着为期一年行动的开启,激励全球关注女童在应对危机之前、之中和之后所面临的挑战和机遇,并采取行动帮助她们。

根据联合国的调查报告和英国慈善组织 Save the Children(救助儿童会)等组织发布的报告称,全世界每7秒钟就有一个15岁以下少女被迫结婚。报告同时也指出,这样的现状会导致女孩中途辍学,无法顺利完成学业,以及在婚后会面临家庭暴力和性侵害,或是由生育所带来的疾病和死亡率偏高等一系列问题。

在发展中国家和地区,女童接受和男孩相同教育的机会偏低。这份联合国的报告也指出,在一些发展中国家,每3个女孩中就有一个女孩在18岁前结婚。过早的进入婚姻和家庭生活,使得女孩们失去了她们原本应该接受教育的机会。不仅如此,当她们被迫进入婚姻后,她们同样也失去了在成年后获得在劳动力市场相对较好的就业机会。

不仅是在发展中国家,即便是在发达国家,当我们身边大多数的女孩子都可以接受跟男孩同样的教育,在成年阶段,可以进入跟男孩同样的劳动力市场,但成年后的女性仍然面对比男性更多的巨大挑战。例如:不平等的薪资待遇,以及对生育妇女不太完善的法律保障和薪酬条件等。

所以,这个女童节除了旨在号召为全世界女童寻求更多更平等的机遇,帮助消灭不平等和歧视外。更是要提高女孩的教育水平,为女孩创造实际的平等福利。

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改变和教育需要从小做起,对女童良好的教育,不仅是福利于女孩子们自己,让她们在成年后可以有更加平等的机会。同时,这也是一项造福于全社会和全世界的一项举措。

众所周知,在世界劳动力市场中,女性贡献了一半的力量,她们不仅在经济,文艺,教育和社会福利等领域做出了卓越的贡献。而且女性也在科技,体育和政治领域取得了不俗的成就。虽然拥有和男性同等的体力和智力水平,然而女性仍然在就业机会和薪资待遇方面远低于男性。

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联合国将对女童的教育列为世界可持续发展目标计划之一。计划截止到2030年,全世界11亿女孩将享有到相同的教育机会和医疗服务。同时,这项计划也旨在消除对女童的暴力和歧视,以及未成年婚姻。

教育不是一件简单的事情,它需要几代人坚持不懈的努力。虽然,我们身处不同的文化背景中,然而科技的便捷为我们带来了相对透明和快速的资讯,所以我们可以快速了解到世界各地的女孩们都在经历什么。我们需要的不仅是对自身的关注,同时我们也应该将关注的目光投向更远的地方和给更多需要帮助的人。

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MBL推荐适合小朋友看的英文绘本

孩子对于阅读的选择很大一部分来自成人的引领,我们为他(她)送上什么样的书籍,他(她)便接受到什么样的暗示。优秀的书籍对孩子一生都会产生积极的影响。

下面这些适合 8—14岁(或以上)的英文绘本,我们推荐给大家(今后我们还将推荐适合小朋友看的中文绘本)。

**8岁** 

《查理和巧克力工厂》

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

作者:Roald Dahl

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威利-旺卡先生发出告示,将有五位幸运的孩子获得参观巧克力工厂的特权,同时还能得到足够吃一辈子的巧克力糖和其他糖果。全世界购买旺卡巧克力的孩子都有机会,查理是五个孩子之一。 该故事已经被拍成电影。

《秘密花园》

The Secret Garden

作者:Frances Hodgson Burnett

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讲述了长相难看、脾气古怪的小姑娘玛丽在英国一座大庄园内经历的种种离奇、有趣的事。在这里,友好的大自然改变了她的一切。

《绿野仙踪》

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

作者:L.Frank Baum

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一场突如其来的龙卷风把小女孩儿多萝西卷到了一个神奇而美丽的国度。为了回家,多萝西结识了聪明的稻草人、善良的铁皮樵夫与勇敢的胆小狮。他们互相帮助,克服了一个个困难。

《哈利波特与魔法石》

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

作者:J.K.Rowling

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《哈利·波特与魔法石》是英国女作家J.K.罗琳的著名魔幻小说《哈利·波特》系列小说的第一部。

《彼得-潘》

Peter Pan

作者:J.M. Barrie

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一个会飞的拒绝长大的顽皮男孩在梦幻岛(Neverland)与温迪以及她的弟弟们的所遭遇到的各种历险故事。

**9岁**

《夏洛的网》

Charlotte’s Web

作者:E.B. White

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《夏洛的网》描述一个名叫夏洛的蜘蛛如何巧妙的拯救险成火腿的小猪威伯,并化解了它的存亡问题。

《魔法小村芬克莱顿》

The Magic of Finkleton

作者:K.C.Hilton

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在芬克莱顿这个完美的小村庄,天气也总是很完美。每个农场都能培育出世界上最大、最好、最有营养的谷物,所有人都过得很开心。在芬克莱斯一家继承哈里叔叔的小店并搬到芬克莱顿后不久,他们就发现了村庄的秘密。

《小屁孩日记之鬼屋创意》

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

作者:Jeff Kinney

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《小屁孩日记》是美国畅销儿童漫画,故事的主人公格雷是一个念初中的孩子,他善良、诚实、聪明、爱玩,满脑子的鬼点子。他的妈妈让他记日记,他除了松散地记录了一些生活琐事之外,还画了许多漫画。在日记里,格雷记叙了他如何驾驭充满冒险的中学生活,如何巧妙逃脱学校歌唱比赛,最重要的是如何不让任何人发现他的秘密。

《玛蒂尔达》

Matilda

作者:Roald Dahl

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小小的玛蒂尔达五岁时就把大多数经典作家的作品读完了!不幸的是这个聪明绝顶的小姑娘却遇到了世界上最庸俗势利的爸爸妈妈和最恶毒的校长。不过,神奇女孩玛蒂尔达自有对付这一切的办法。

 

《世界保护组织系列之岩石上的新人》

New Kids on the Rock (Small World Global Protection Agency)

作者:Mark Miller

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明星运动员乔舒亚和计算机神童麦迪逊被神秘的Mr. Crux选进了一个特殊的夏令营,两个小孩由此开始了人生的冒险。他们发现世界保护组织是一个由有天赋有才能的孩子组成的全球性的组织,他们的使命就是有朝一日代替大人拯救世界。

 

《时间的皱纹》

A Wrinkle in Time

作者:Madeleine L’Engle

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15岁的女孩麦格为了寻找失踪的科学家爸爸,踏上了一条非同寻常的道路。尽管旅途中布满了艰辛和危险,但三个伙伴从没有动摇过他们要找到并救出爸爸的决心。

**10岁**

《不老泉》

Tuck Everlasting

作者:Natalie Babbitt

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一位早熟的十多岁少女温妮.福斯特梦幻般的被魔法所迷惑的故事。

 

《小妇人》

Little Women

作者:Louisa May Alcott

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一部以美国南北战争为背景,以19世纪美国新英格兰地区的一个普通家庭四个姐妹之间的生活琐事为蓝本的带有自传色彩的家庭伦理小说。

《贝特西和塔西》

Betsy-Tacy

作者:Maud Hart Lovelace

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希尔街上住了很多小朋友,但都比贝特西大。但对面的房子里新搬来了一家人,他们有一个比贝特西小的女孩!自从在贝特西的5岁生日上见面后,两人就形影不离。

 

《爱丽丝仙境历险记》

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

作者:Lewis Carroll

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爱丽丝进入了一个神奇的仙境。里面有缩小药水,变大面包,暹罗猫,美丽的白皇后和她可憎的姐姐红桃皇后,还有双胞胎兄弟,毛毛虫,疯帽子等等。

 

《格林家族与魔法镇》

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm)

作者:Michael Buckley

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格林姐妹在父母失踪后被送往奶奶家所在的魔法镇,这里生活着童话世界中永恒的人物:杰克、小矮人、三只小猪、阿里巴巴、美女与野兽、灰姑娘、森林小王子。

**11岁**

《别有洞天》

Holes

作者:Louis Sachar

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故事主角是一位被怀疑偷了东西的少年——斯坦利·叶那茨四世(Stanley Yelnats IV)。仿佛宿命一般,叶那茨家几代一直都很倒楣。因此,斯坦利因为审判不公而被判偷窃罪就一点也不令人意外了。幸运又或不幸的是,他还有一次选择服刑地点的机会,可以转往德州绿湖营进行美国式的”劳动改造”。

 

《赐予者》

the Giver

作者:Lois Lowry

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故事发生在一个看似非常完美的社会里,在这里人们的生活都被安排得井井有条,没有战争,没有病痛,伤害,而这个世界里也没有记忆、感情、颜色以及音乐,他们只拥有最基本的生活需求。但是却有一个人例外,也就是少年乔纳斯,他被选中从被称为“赐予者”的老人那里接受训练,一个人去承担整个社会该有的记忆。

 

《维京海盗学徒之旅》

The Viking’s Apprentice

作者:Kevin McLeod

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坎贝尔海湾里发生的一切,外界都不得而知。这里的一切都和龙、女巫、勇敢的战士有关。谁能保护人类?只有最有智慧最勇敢的战士才能做到。

 

《双鼠记》

The Tale of Despereaux

作者:Kate DiCamillo

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这是一本由老鼠、公主和弃儿、光、爱、复仇与希望交织而成的小说。

 

《不朽之花》

Amaranth

作者:John Kellett

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《不朽之花》是一个关于冒险、神秘和友谊的故事。它描写了世事之间的联系和影响,以及孩子们对这个世界的特殊感知力。

**12岁**

《霍比特人》

The Hobbit

作者:J. R. R. Tolkien

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故事背景是第三纪元2941年,故事主角是哈比人比尔博·巴金斯,他被甘道夫强迫加入十三个矮人的旅程;历经食人妖、半兽人和恶狼折腾、到达瑞文戴尔、冒险穿越幽暗密林、被蜘蛛缠身又被关禁在地牢,后来终于远征至被恶龙史矛革占领的矮人宝山孤山,此时也爆发了五军之战。

 

《安妮日记》

The Diary of a Young Girl

作者:Anne Frank

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《安妮日记》是作者安妮·弗兰克遇难前两年藏身密室时的生活和情感的记载。作为一名成长中的少女,她在日记中吐露了与母亲不断发生冲突的困惑以及对性的好奇。同时,这也是一本德军占领下的人民苦难生活的目击报道。

 

《饥饿游戏》

The Hunger Games

作者:Suzanne Collins

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饥饿游戏的时间设定在大灾难后的北美洲,一个自废墟建立起的国家“帕纳姆国”(Panem)之中。

 

《哈克贝利.费恩历险记》

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

作者:Mark Twain

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哈克贝利是一个聪明、善良、勇敢的白人少年。他为了追求自由的生活,逃亡到密西西比河上。在逃亡途中,他遇到了黑奴吉姆。吉姆是一个勤劳朴实、热情诚实、忠心耿耿的黑奴,他为了逃脱被主人再次卖掉的命运,从主人家中出逃。

 

《纳尼亚传奇》

The Chronicles of Narnia

作者:C.S.Lewis

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《纳尼亚传奇》七部作品架构了一个神奇的王国,各自独立的故事串联起这个王国的千年兴衰史。

 

《手斧男孩》

Hatchet

作者:Gary Paulsen

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布莱恩13岁了,他要坐一架小飞机去爸爸那里过暑假,在路上,驾驶员心脏病突发猝死,飞机摔落在杳无人烟的森林深处。布莱恩只有一把手斧,却坚强地存活下来。

**13岁**

《简.爱》

Jane Eyre

作者:Charlotte Bront

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讲述一位从小变成孤儿的英国女子在各种磨难中不断追求自由与尊严,坚持自我,最终获得幸福的故事。

 

《遗产三部曲之伊拉龙》

Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle)

作者:Christopher Paolini

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《伊拉龙》的故事讲述的是生活在帝国最北部村庄的少年伊拉龙和他在山中狩猎时意外出现在他面前的一块“蓝宝石”的一段神奇经历。

 

《心灵鸡汤》

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

作者:Jack Canfield,Mark Victor Harsen

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以简短、精炼的语言为读者讲述了一个个充满哲理的小故事。

 

《杀死一只知更鸟》

To Kill a Mockingbird

作者:Harper Lee

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这个故事探讨了各种不同形式的偏见,也探讨了关于童年和成熟的过程。

 

《造梦的雨果》

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

作者:Brian Selznick

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雨果的爸爸生前是个钟表匠,曾发现一个坏了但精致巧妙的机器人,父亲一面修理机器人,一面将修理的步骤写在笔记本里,并将笔记本作为生日礼物送给雨果。后来父亲离奇地丧生于博物馆的大火中,雨果执著地想修好这个能写字的机器人,想通过机器人写的字得知父亲想留给自己的信息。

**14岁**

《了不起的盖茨比》

The Great Gatsby

作者:F. Scott Fitzgerald

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《了不起的盖茨比》是美国作家弗·司各特·菲茨杰拉德1925年所写的一部以20世纪20年代的纽约市及长岛为背景的中篇小说,小说的背景被设定在现代化的美国社会中上阶层的白人圈内,通过卡拉韦的叙述展开。

 

《暮光之城-暮色》

Twilight

作者:Stephenie Meyer

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本片改编自斯蒂芬妮·梅尔的同名小说。伊莎贝拉在新学校认识了男孩爱德华,两人一见倾心,然而爱德华其实是个秉持素食主义的吸血鬼。

 

《偷书贼》

The Book Thief

作者:Markus Zusak

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1939年的德国,9岁的小女孩莉赛尔和弟弟被迫送往慕尼黑远郊的寄养家庭。6岁的弟弟不幸死在了路途中。在冷清的葬礼后,莉赛尔意外得到她的第一本书《掘墓人手册》。这将是14本给她带来无限安慰的书之一。尽管生活艰苦,她却发现了一个比食物更难以抗拒的东西:书。她忍不住开始偷书。

 

《弗兰肯斯坦》

Frankenstein

作者:Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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弗兰肯斯坦是一位从事人的生命科学研究的学者,他力图用人工创造出生命。在他的实验室里,通过无数次的探索,他创造了一个面目可憎,奇丑无比的怪物。

 

《动物庄园》

Animal Farm

作者:George Orwell

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《动物庄园》是一部政治寓言体小说,故事描述了一场“动物主义”革命的酝酿、兴起和最终蜕变;一个农庄(Manor Farm)的动物不堪人类主人的压迫,在猪的带领下起来反抗,实现了“当家作主”的愿望。

**14岁以上 **

《宠儿》

Beloved

作者:Toni Morrison

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《宠儿》堪称美国黑人历史的一座纪念碑。主要情节取材于一个真实的历史故事。女黑奴塞丝怀着身孕只身从肯塔基的奴隶庄园逃到俄亥俄的辛辛那提,奴隶主循踪追至,为了使儿女不再重复自己做奴隶的悲惨命运,她毅然杀死了自己的一个女儿。虽然这已是18年前的往事,但往事的梦魇一刻也不曾停止过对塞丝的纠缠。

 

《独自和解》

A Separate Peace

作者:John Knowles

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第二次世界大站期间,在美国参战的前夕吉恩和菲尼就读于高中。由于暗中嫉妒菲尼的成就又怀疑菲尼对自己心怀嫉妒,吉恩在不自觉中作下了令自己后悔终身的事。在伤害了朋友的同时他更大地伤害了自己。

 

《安娜.卡列尼娜》

Anna Karenina

作者:Leo Tolstoy

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《安娜·卡列尼娜》是俄国著名作家列夫·托尔斯泰的代表作品。本书通过女主人公安娜的追求爱情悲剧,描绘了俄国从莫斯科到外省乡村广阔而丰富多彩的图景。

 

《我知道笼中鸟儿为何唱歌》

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

作者:Maya Angelou

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玛雅·安吉洛在本书中回忆了二十世纪三四十年代在南方小镇斯坦普斯及加利福尼亚州的成长经历。从三岁到十七岁,玛雅不仅要与那如影相随的错位和不安全感做斗争,还要面对种族主义、性骚扰和强奸等一系列令人心碎的挑战。

 

《麦田里的守望者》

The Catcher In The Rye

作者:J.D.Salinger

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塞林格将故事的起止局限于16岁的中学生霍尔顿·考尔菲德从离开学校到纽约游荡的三天时间内,并借鉴了意识流天马行空的写作方法,充分探索了一个十几岁少年的内心世界。愤怒与焦虑是此书的两大主题,主人公的经历和思想在青少年中引起强烈共鸣。

 

《蝇王》

Lord of Flies

作者:William Golding

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故事发生于想象中的第三次世界大战,一群六岁至十二岁的儿童在撤退途中因飞机失事被困在一座荒岛上,起先尚能和睦相处,后来由于恶的本性的膨胀起来,便互相残杀,发生悲剧性的结果。

 

《十三个理由》

Thirteen Reasons Why

作者:Jay Asher

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整本书的内容是16岁少女汉娜自杀前所录制的录音带,再穿插一位同学听过之后的反应。汉娜每次用一卷录音带叙述她和某位同学的过节,指控他们该为她的自戕负责。

《深夜小狗的神秘习题》

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

作者:Mark Haddon

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克里斯多弗,十五岁,患有自闭症的数学天才。他原本孤独而安全的世界一夕之间被一桩命案改变:深夜里,隔壁邻居家的小狗被铁叉刺死。克里斯多弗决定自己来当侦探,然后将调查结果写成一本书。所以这是本涉及谋杀案的侦探小说,只是侦探、凶手、受害者、真相,以及所有的一切都出乎人意料之外。

 

 

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Latest Adoption News and Stories

“More than half of those surveyed reported living with a child who was violent, including being punched, kicked or threatened with knives.

More serious incidents included hospital visits and sexual assault.

Despite the challenges, most families said they were glad they adopted. Adoption UK said families needed skilled help and support.”

“But many states haven’t weighed in yet on whether or not intent is enough to establish parental rights for same sex couples. For now, Zavos says, second parent adoption remains the best way to ensure two women who are married can both claim to be the legal parents of their children.”

“Up to 11,000 children may have been sold to European families, with both parties being given fake documents.

Some were reportedly born into “baby farms” that sold children to the West.’

“Foreigners or persons outside Rwandan can now adopt children in the country, seven years after the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion suspended the so-called inter-country adoption of Rwandan children.”

‘“Many of the things they discuss are more about putting a child in the best home than about saying yes or no to a parent’s ability to parent,” said Megan Lestino, vice president of public policy and education at the Alexandria, Va.,-based National Council For Adoption.’

“A mum has opened up about the “heartbreaking realities” of adopting a two-year-old child from China.”

“For most adoptees, a common question they have, researchers say, is: “Why me?” At 14, Madison Parry returned to China when her niece was adopted. There, she learned of two 13-year-old girls who’d spent their entire lives in the orphanage.”

 

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Happy 14th birthday, MBL!

MBL is turning 14 on August, 18th, 2017. Since its birth, MBL has been reaching out to Chinese children in all corners of the world: those who have been adopted by Western families, those who have been raised abroad, and those living in China, often in destitute conditions.

MBL is also striving to introduce an authentic China to the West as well as disseminate information about adopted Chinese children’s lives and the lives of overseas Chinese in the West to people in China. By creating a bridge of understanding between China and the West and between adoptive culture and birth culture, MBL ultimately wants to help bridge the huge poverty gap, which still exists in many parts of China.

A bridge of communication between birth and adoptive culture, of understanding between East and West, and of support between rich and poor, that’s what MBL is.

One of MBL’s ongoing efforts is Books For Kids. Since MBL launched the project, it has provided support for many primary schools in some of China’s poorest areas, and with the help of our international volunteers, MBL has established 22 international Children’s libraries.

Thank you very much for your help and support along the way.

Happy Birthday, MBL!

2017年8月18日,是母爱桥(MBL)14岁生日。

作为一个国际慈善机构,母爱桥旨在为中国与世界之间搭建生与养交流之桥、东西方文化理解之桥、贫与富互助之桥,为世界各地的中国孩子提供祖国文化服务。特别帮助那些被西方家庭收养、生活在海外的中国孩子,以及中国偏远乡村的孤残儿童与贫困地区的学龄儿童。

14年来,母爱桥(MBL)从超过20个国家的收养家庭中习得经验,并帮助这些西方家庭中的中国孩子了解祖国、探寻家庭根源、滋养中华文化。

 

“BOOK FOR KIDS”项目

携手海内外共同捐建“MBL国际儿童图书馆”

母爱桥(MBL)自设立以来,还竭尽所能地帮助中国贫困地区的儿童,先后援助了藏族小学、回族小学、农民工子弟小学……与世界各国爱心机构共同在四川、云南、甘肃、江苏、江西等省份的贫困地区捐建了21个儿童图书馆。

每一年,母爱桥(MBL)的工作团队都会走访中国贫困地区,调研那里的学校与儿童活动场所,切身感受孩子们的生活学习状况,了解他们的需求,随后整理制定具体的捐赠计划,携手海内外的爱心机构共同完成捐建项目。

截至2017年,母爱桥的“BOOK FOR KIDS”项目已经在以下地区设立了儿童图书馆,我们还将继续这项工作,以帮助更多贫困地区的小学。

江苏省灌云县图河乡海宁小学

江苏省灌云县图河乡大全小学

云南省大理州云龙县宝丰完小

四川省宜宾市筠连县联合乡红春村社红春小学;

四川省宜宾市筠连县大雪山镇解放石龙小学;

四川省宜宾市珙县沐滩镇共和小学

江西省上饶县黄沙岭乡管山小学

江西省上饶县黄沙岭乡中心小学

 

BOOKS FOR KIDS

期待您的加入!

感谢您与母爱桥同行!

千万个小读者因您的爱心奉献而绽放笑容!

 

捐助请联系以下地址:

母爱桥MBL伦敦总部办公室

9 Orme Court

London W2 4RL,UK

Index

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

母爱桥“BOOKS FORKIDS”项目中国团队

母爱桥中国志愿者之家

母爱桥南京志愿者中心(中英桥文化教育)

中国南京市苜蓿园大街67号H栋3楼

电话:0086 25 84580882

母爱桥MBL国际文化慈善机构

生与养文化交流之桥

东西方文化理解之桥

贫与富文化互助之桥

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love

Charity Registration No. 1105543

www.mothersbridge.org

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Adoption news in India, Singapore, and some other Asian Countries

India

Child Adoption (The Times of India)

Adopt from India (Children’s Home Society of Minnesota)

No ‘pick and choose’ for couples opting for adoption

  • Prospective parents will now not be allowed to “pick and choose” a child.
  • They can only accept or reject the child offered by the national adoption body

NRI couple’s plan to adopt baby with special needs hits hurdle — new CARA guidelines

“An NRI couple’s decision to adopt a child with special needs may have delayed their plans of starting a family by at least a year.”

25 Factors To Consider When Adopting From India

Singapore 

Adopting a child in Singapore: 9 things to note

“There are several stringent criteria to pass before one can adopt a child in Singapore”

Want to adopt a child in Singapore?

“Before you begin, here is a checklist that is required by the Singaporean adoption law and a list of organisations that can provide valuable services and information throughout the adoption process.”

Why is it more difficult to adopt now?

“The prices for adoption have spiked in the recent years following stricter regulation compounded by a shrinking number of babies. Find out how a baby can now cost up to S$28,000 and why adopting seems like a more difficult option now.”

Vietnam

Vietnam (Intercountry Adoption)

Vietnam adoption – Holt International Adoption Agency 

Vietnam Adoption requirements

“Vietnam is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.” 

Vietnam issues decree on new child adoption fees

“Paying for a baby: Foreigners wishing to adopt a Vietnamese child will be subject to new charges.”

Philippines

Philippines – Intercountry adoption

International adoption from Philippines

The Philippines has 1.8 million abandoned children. Here’s what keeps many from adoption (LA Times)

“Yet the country’s adoption bureaucracy is so forbidding that scores of aspiring adoptive parents are left in the cold, and abandoned children left to grow up without parents.”

5 Reasons to Adopt from the Philippines

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WenLin Chinese School Charity Garden Party in support of MBL

Do you agree that children should be given the stage to show their talent? Do you welcome more opportunities for children to experience independence, raise funds for charity and feel proud of what they can achieve? Would you like to support us for Children’s Charities? Would you like to share your precious time to help at the event as volunteer? Would you like to perform at this event and enjoy being cheered by our warm audience? Do you have Chinese goodies to share and sell at this event to help us raise fund? Would you like to donate a raffle prize, big or small? If you are interested and wish to know more about how you can help us for a good cause and inspire youth, please get in touch with rosa@wenlineducation.com. We hope to see you at the event and make it the unforgettable garden party of the year together!

This event is fully funded by WenLin Chinese School. All fund raised will be donated to our chosen chrities.

— Children under 5yrs, pensioners, and disabled – free entry.

— Tickets can be purchased at the door at £5 each.

FAQs

  • What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

It is very convenient to get to the event by public transport. Many buses stop on Balham high road and it is only 3 minutes walk from Balham tube and train station. Free parking in the streets around the school.

  • What can I bring to the event?

Some cash for buying goodies, and snacks, a raffle for charity. No alcohol please!

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For fund raising participation, performance, book a stall to sell your goods, and all other enquiries about the event, please email Rosa at info@wenlinchineseschool.org.uk.

  • Do I need to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, digital ticket will be fine.

  • Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

  • Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes.

  • Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, July 1, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST

Add to Calendar

LOCATION

WenLin Chinese School

Chestnut Grove Academy

45 Chestnut Grove

London

SW12 8JZ

United Kingdom

View Map

REFUND POLICY

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Wenlin

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Chinese Culture brought to life for Year 7

Chinese Culture brought to life for Year 7

15th June 2017

Year 7 students at Melbourn Village College experienced some Chinese celebrity culture with the visit of Xue Xinran. 

Xinran, as she is known in the UK, is a renowned British-Chinese journalist, author, speaker and the founder of a successful charity ‘ The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)’.

The 100 students, who have all been studying Mandarin as part of the curriculum since they joined the college last September, were inspired by tales of China and the Chinese indomitable spirit.

They learned about two ancient Chinese legends – ‘Houyi Shoots the Sun’ (Houyi is sometimes portrayed as a god of archery descended from heaven to aid mankind) and ‘Jingwei Tries to fill the Sea’ (Jingwei is a little bird that was transformed by a drowned girl and is determined to fill up the sea by carrying a pebble or twig in her mouth in order to protect other children from the sea).

The Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL) reaches out to Chinese children in all corners of the world – those adopted by Western families, those living abroad and in China, often in destitute conditions, to help bridge the poverty gap.

Xinran also told the stories of triumph in adversity. One was a lady who lived in a factory toilet and repaired shoes on the street for a living but supported her son and daughter to get PHD and Master degrees without government or other help.

The other was about an amputee girl who was disappointed about her life, but achieved Paralympic swimming gold with the help of the MBL charity.

For their teacher, Frank Fan, the visit was a trip down memory lane. “I regularly used to listen to Xinran on the radio when I lived in China and we were delighted to welcome her to MVC,” he said.

Principal Simon Holmes said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to help build bridges and understanding with other cultures and expand our students’ horizons.”

In addition, to her talk yesterday, Xinran also left the college signed copies of all of some of her books, which will be available for students to borrow from the library.

Melbourn, part of The Cam Academy Trust, is the first secondary school in Cambridgeshire to offer Mandarin as part of the curriculum.

(News source: http://www.melbournvc.org/news-and-events/article/Chinese-Culture-brought-to-life-for-Year-7?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=0)

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MBL helps V&A Museum of Childhood launch 2017 Summer Festival

和往年一样,母爱桥协助V&A Museum of Chilhood 开办了一场其乐融融的夏日聚会,我们诚邀你参与当天的活动(免费),届时你可以在草地上看看表演,也可以品尝农家美食,更多仲夏之乐尽在多样的活动选择。

 

2017 MBL summer festival.ai

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Children’s Art Exhibition: Celebrate International Children’s Day

International Children’s Day began in 1925 when the World Conference for the Well-being of Children took place in Geneva, Switzerland. After this conference, many countries started to celebrate this day on June 1st. This is the holiday to raise awareness of children’s rights and well being, also to appreciate children’s contribution to our society.

This holiday for children is widely celebrated across China. One of the missions for MBL is build the bridge of support between rich and poor. Over the years, MBL has helped many children in rural China access education and has established 22 International Children’s Libraries.

As a celebration of International Children’s Day, we’ll exhibit children’s art work on our website throughout June. Thank you to these amazing artists for sharing their talent and love with MBL and the world.

 

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Adoption News in France and Chinese Students there

Intercountry Adoption – U.S Department of State

Conditions for adoption in France

“In principle, the adopter or adopters must be at least 15 years older than the child they wish to adopt, however, the judge may allow exceptions if the age gap is smaller.
It should be noted that in the special case of the adoption of a spouse’s child, the adopter does not have to meet the age condition. In addition, the minimum age gap between the adopter and the adoptee is reduced to 10 years.”

Overview of French Adoption Law

Chinese Students in France 

Who are all these international students in France and where do they study?

“France is the fourth most popular country in the world for international students, with thousands of Americans, British and Australians coming here to study. Here’s what you need to know about them.”

Chinese students flock to France to learn secrets of winemaking

“Chinese students are showing a serious palate for French wine, and they’re willing to cough up for coveted classes in France.”

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