Launch The Secret Message Boats to the Mothers Around the World!

Hello, MBL volunteers and supporters,

MBL and the Essex Festival in the UK have teamed up and will launch an exciting event: The Secret Message Boats to the Mothers Around the World. It would be wonderful if your children, their friends, or classmates be part of it!

The Essex Festival will be held in March 2019. During the festival, 1,000 paper boats will be displayed. At the closing ceremony, these boats will be set sail in the sea. These paper boats are hand-folded by children from China and Britain, each carrying a  “whisper” or a secret message the child has written to his or her mother. (The message will be written on the back of the paper before the paper is folded into a boat.) MBL Volunteers in London will add MBL logo stickers to the boats.

How to fold a paper boat?

Please use a Chinese map to make a boat. Here is the instruction.

  • Paper boat size: Length between 10 – 30cm
  • Before folding, please write a message on the back of the map (either in Chinese or English).

Where to send the boats?

  • If you live in China, please send the paper boats (as many as possible, ideally more than 200 in each package) to the following address before January 3, 2019, so that our volunteer Pan Tong can bring them to London on January 6.

Attn: ZHU Li 

Sino-British Bridge & Mothers’ Bridge of Love Volunteer Center

Fourth Floor, Hexi Central Shopping Center

No. 235, Jiang Dong Zhong Road, Jianye District

Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, 210000

Tel: 13905150047

  •  If you live abroad, please send your boats to the following address by the end of January 2019. They’ll be delivered to the staff at the Essex Festival in the UK in mid-February. 

Xinran / MBL

Flat19, Queens Court

Queensway

London W2 4QN

The UK

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中文版

您家中的小朋友及孩子所在学校是否愿意参与2019母爱桥与英国联办的一个名为“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”的活动?

活动细节如下:
活动名称:1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船⛵

时间及地点:2019年三月开始在英国Essex Festival 埃塞克斯艺术节展示,艺术节结束庆典上小船隆重入海(英国东部)

制作:
– 用中国地图纸/如图“折叠”小船(淘宝上可买到大小不一的地图纸,可裁剪所需尺寸。)帆船⛵大小: 长度在10-30CM以内。折叠前,在叠纸背面写给母亲一句心里话/密语(中英文均可)

完成后,国内的朋友敬请于1月3号前将您组织折叠的小船⛵(>200只为盼)寄至

中国南京市建邺区

江东中路235号

(河西)中央商场四楼

中英桥/母爱桥志愿者中心

朱莉
邮编 210000
电话13905150047

若您在海外:敬请在1月底前将您所组织的“母爱桥心语小船⛵” (多多益善)寄/送至:
Xinran/MBL
Flat19, Queens Court
Queensway
London W2 4QN

时间表

在中国收到的小船由母爱桥志愿者潘桐于1月6日带回伦敦。

收到小船后,伦敦的MBL队伍负责帖加母爱桥标志,并于2月中旬交付英国埃塞克斯艺术节筹备组。

3月艺术节开幕之日,开始艺术展示“母爱桥心语纸船⛵
3月底,艺术节结束庆典上进行“母爱桥心语小船⛵入海”仪式。

感谢同愿同行,帮助孩子们传递挚爱母亲的心语,让世界分享中国孩子的大爱。

Thank you to MBL volunteer You Muqing (游牧晴) for her help with translation. 

 

MBL’s Toby Eady Library in Nanjing has a new look!

 

The Toby Eady Library now has a bigger collection of books, thanks to Larry and Carie Haimovitch Charitable Fund, and many of our MBL supporters and volunteers.

Toby Eady, the founding Chairman of Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL), passed away on December 24, 2017, but his literary legacy lives on. He was an internationally renowned literary, film, and TV agent. When he retired due to illness in 2015, he donated more than 800 books in over 30 languages to the MBL Volunteer Centre in Nanjing, all written by the celebrated authors he represented. Along with the books, he donated his beloved Victorian-era desk he had kept for many years in his office.

In September 2017, thanks to support from Sino-UK Bridge, an educational institute in China, the MBL Volunteer Centre formally opened the ‘MBL Toby Eady Library.’ It provides a space for young Chinese who love books and literature, and are interested in learning about the world. When Toby was alive, he was passionate about cultural exchange, and championed international writers. He believed that books are vital to understanding ourselves and the world. 

If you would like to support the MBL Toby Eady Library, please make a donation

You can also donate through Give as You Live.

If you plan to visit the MBL Toby Eady Library, please consider bringing a few English Children’s books to donate. Thank you very much for your kind support and generosity! Here is the address

MBL Toby Eady Library

MBL Volunteer Centre

Sino-UK Bridge

4th Floor, Zhongyang Shangchang (Hexi)

235 Jiangdongzhong Road

Jianye District

Nanjing

People’s Republic of China

  

MBL received a reward from Larry and Carie Haimovitch Charitable Fund to set up the Toby Eady Library in China

MBL just received a reward from Larry and Carie Haimovitch Charitable Fund in honor of the late Toby Eady, who, sadly, passed away last December. Mr Eady was MBL’s board chairman for more than a decade, and had been instrumental in setting up MBL’s 23 international libraries in rural China.

Here is part of the reward letter, addressed to Xinran Eady, MBL’s founder.

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Dear Ms. Xue:

It’s my pleasure to inform you that on September 10, 2018 an electronic deposit of $4,326 was made into your organization’s checking account to set up the Toby Eady Library for the MBL China Volunteer Centre at Nanjing City in honor of Toby Eady.

This grant is from the Larry and Carie Haimovitch Charitable Fund of the Marin Community Foundation (MCF) and was recommended by Larry and Carie Haimovitch. Any public listing of this contribution should read: Larry and Carie Haimovitch.

On behalf of all of us at MCF, thank you for everything that you do to improve the world in which we live. 

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Thank you for your generous support of MBL, Mr and Mrs Haimovitch! Nothing would have pleased Mr. Eady more than to know that a new library will be open for children in China.

Toby, we miss you!

 

Happy International Children’s Day!

Happy International Children's Day for MBL by Maya Cedergren

Happy International Children’s Day from MBL, Maya Cedergren, 9

 

International Children’s Day is a day to celebrate children, and a day to remind ourselves that many children in the world are still suffering from violence, abuse, injustice and lack of education. This holiday falls on varied dates in different countries. In the United Kingdom, it’s the second Sunday of May. In the U.S., it’s the second Sunday of June, while in China and many other countries, June 1st is the date of observance.

From the day MBL was founded, it has dedicated itself to children’s wellbeing and happiness. It collaborates with the UK’s V&A Museum of Childhood to hold annual celebration of the Chinese New Year. In its 2018 event, more than 4000 visitors showed up. It strives to help adoptive families and adopted children learn about China and the Chinese culture. It has also built 23 international libraries for children in rural 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.

The children are our hope for the future.  Caring and education are important to every child. MBL’s proud volunteers from more than 20 countries are eager to work with you to help our children. Thank you very much for your support and encouragement.

Happy International Children’s Day! 六一儿童节快乐!

(A big thank you to Maya Cedergren, one of MBL’s youngest volunteers, for her beautiful artwork for the International Children’s Day. Maya is 9 years old and a fourth grader in California, the U.S. She loves gymnastics and horseback riding. She wanted to wish every child a happy holiday and a happy childhood — “Be a child forever!”)

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers in the world. Without our loving and dedicated mothers, MBL wouldn’t be where we are today.

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. Today, MBL has built 23 international libraries for underprivileged children in rural China, and has helped many adoptive families and adopted children to understand and explore China. Among MBL’s volunteers and supporters, many are mothers. We’re forever grateful for their love and commitment.

A big shout-out to mothers. Mothers, you deserve the best. Happy Mother’s Day. 母亲节快乐!

(Thank you to our talented volunteer, Rainy, for designing such a lovely card.)

Mei and Xue’s journey of visiting birth parents in China

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Holiday in China – January 2018

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It had been 2 years since we last went to China. We’d embarked on that first journey to find our birth family, with the support of Mothers’ Bridge of Love. This time it felt a lot different, we were going to see our birth family for the second time. We had met our birth mother, father, three sisters and brother before and we knew what to expect. But my feelings were more hesitant this time. What if it was going to be awkward? Two years ago, I wasn’t as nervous and hesitant as this time.

Our plan was to stay with our birth family for 5 nights. 5 nights! At first, I couldn’t really get my head around that, because last time we only stayed at their house for 1 night. Also our birth family live in rural China, high up in the mountains, and there isn’t much to do. So I was unsure of what we would end up doing those 5 days. It was winter, their house was really cold. And I don’t speak much Chinese, let alone the local dialect.

Now a few months later, I have to ask myself, ‘why did I waste my time thinking negative thoughts’. Because guess what…..

I so much enjoyed seeing everyone in our birth family once again and I had a lot of fun! After we had got home, I was sad to be back in New Zealand. I wanted to be back in China with our birth family. I had a great time at their house, especially playing with two of our younger cousins. We bonded really well with them and every day we would play with them. We would either go for a walk up the mountain, throw cotton balls at each other, sit on the couch and communicate to them through an online translator or we would play with a ball in the front courtyard and getting dirty. It was such a special time.

Seeing our birth mum and dad once again was lovely, and so was seeing our brother and three sisters. Our younger brother had grown up a lot, as in his height. He had a slightly deeper voice and, for sure, a more mature looking face. And all three sisters had definitely become more grown up, but were still very fun. Actually our eldest sister had become very motherly due to her baby daughter who we got to carry and play with, which was very sweet. So all our siblings had changed during the last two years.

Anyway, seeing our birth family this year was so worth it. I felt a lot more comfortable being around them, at least after the first night. This time I wasn’t sticking so close to mum and dad, and I wanted to be around our birth family. I felt safer and assured, and knew that I wasn’t going to be hurt or more so, come across anything odd. Overall, seeing our birth family reconnected me to them, and I think they also felt reconnected with Xue and I. Hopefully we can make it possible for them to visit us in New Zealand. I am very happythat we went and I look forward to seeing them again, in the future, soon.

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Reflecting back on our trip back to China (January 2018), I wonder why I had been so anxious. I guess it was because I wasn’t so sure how everything was going to turn out. We found our birth family in April 2016 and had briefly stayed with them. This time when we visited, so many questions were buzzing around in my head. Would our sisters embrace us like they did last time? Would we be expected to be able to have long conversations in Chinese? Would it be awkward? Knowing that we were going to stay 5 nights with our birth family freaked me out a little bit. I was scared. There were some doubts. I thought time was going to tick by slowly and that we’d be standing around with not much to do. Little did I know that I was going to have some of the best times ever. These are moments and times that make me smile and really wish we could go back in time.

During our visit, Mei and I grew very close to our two younger cousins. They reached out to us. Even though we couldn’t speak Sichuan dialect and they didn’t speak English, we had so fun together. We bonded over sport. We played ‘piggy in the middle’, soccer, dodgeball, netball and did plenty of walking and racing each other up the mountain. Sometimes we would communicate through `Google translate’ which was lovely because we were able to get to know each other. I settled in and felt ‘home’. I felt comfortable. I was so so happy and full of energy and excitement. It was so nice to see our three elder sisters and our brother. My gosh he has grown up, I barely recognised him!! Mei and I didn’t spend a lot of time with them, but it was just really lovely to be around them. I was able to learn a lot about our brother and sisters, just being around them. I found it very interesting to see how our siblings shared similar personality traits (fun and outgoing but still shy, reserved and quite quiet). This gave me reassurance of who I am. Even though our birth family have very little, they were so generous and caring. We had such delicious home cooked food each day and they made sure we were plenty warm enough in bed. One night, I walked into mum and dad’s bedroom and I found our birth parents piling blankets over dad, who was tucked up in bed!! It was very funny and I can remember that I felt a warm rush of happiness run throughout my body.

Time flew too fast. Suddenly it was time to say goodbye. Our birth parents had given us such warm hospitality, I didn’t want to leave our two cousins and we had had started to break the ice between us and our brother. We were in constant communication with him as soon as we left, through `We Chat’. Today, I’m looking back at all the pictures and videos we took. I do this quite often and it reminds me of how much happiness and joy we had together. I am so so glad that we went back to see our birth family this year.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it’s celebrated. In the UK, Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, March 11, while in the U.S. and many other countries, it’s held on the second Sunday of May.

On this special Mothering Sunday, MBL is celebrating the achievements of mothers and mother figures. Last August, MBL turned 14 years old. 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. Among MBL’s volunteers and supporters, many are mothers. Their love and dedication have made MBL what it is today.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Want to know more about Mother’s Day? Please click here.

 

A long-time MBL volunteer Ping and her father’s memoir about China

LIN Ping is a long-time MBL volunteer, who now leads an MBL team, organizing events at V&A Museum of Childhood to celebrate the Chinese culture and holidays, such as Chinese New Year, Chinese Moon festival and summer festival.

When MBL’s late Board Chairman Toby Eady, who, sadly, passed away last December, first visited her family in Chengdu, her father, LIN Xiangbei, was in his eighties. Toby said to her, ‘Ping, tell your father that he should write about his life in China during the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, because in the West, people have no clue about what happened in those years.’

Mr. Lin started writing his memoir at the age of 84 and now he is 100 years old. He’s still writing about his life and his thoughts.

Ping has helped her father complete his memoir, and she has recently translated it into English. It’s a wonderful book about how an ordinary man gave his heart and soul to his country in the struggle to forge “The New China” and, in the end, to survive as a witness of the history.

Here is how Mr. Lin begins his memoir:

I am an ordinary Chinese man

Neither a hero nor a coward
If you are curious to know more
about a small corner
of a country in upheaval
about the distress and
hardship of resurrecting a nation
then please read this book.

If you would like to read more about Ping’s father’s life and to read about China’s history,  please click the link below and pledge for your copy. Thank you, Ping, for your passion and love for MBL! Thank you, Mr. Lin, for telling us a unforgettable story about China and its history.

https://unbound.com/books/xiangbei

 

 

 

 

MBL and V&A Museum of Childhood Celebrated the Chinese New Year together

On Feb 10, MBL partnered with V&A Museum of Childhood to host a celebration of the Chinese New Year. The activities included lion dance, Beijing opera, singing, classical Chinese Erhu performance, children’s art exhibition, and more. More than 4000 visitors showed up. Here are some photos from the celebration. A big thank you to MBL volunteers and supporters, and V&A Museum of Childhood. 

Happy New Year of the Dog! 

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2018 Chinese New Year Celebration on 10th, February

Please join us to celebrate the 2018 Chinese New Year at V&A Museum of Childhood in London. This year is the Year of the Dog.

Activities include, but not limited to

  • introduction of China’s ethnic tea culture and Chinese abacus
  • facial mask painting
  • lion dance
  • children’s art exhibition
  • Chinese classic instrument performances
  • Tai Chi and sword dance

Hope to see you there! Thank you very much for your support and involvement. Happy New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le! 新年快乐,万事如意!

 

2018 New Year Poster