MBL Books For Kids Project - Donation Day Report

MBL Books For Kids Project – Donation Day Report

MBL Books For Kids Project – Donation Day Report

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http://vn.penisadvisor.com/ On the 20th September, MBL volunteers had set for the town of Lianyungang to donate materials as part of its ongoing “Book For Kids” Project. 22 volunteers traveled, to stay for two days at the town of Lianyungang. They took with them a large of number of books and products to help the children’s education in the town.

rust penisu The volunteers then went to the TuHe village to meet the young beneficiaries of the donations and to engage with them on a personal level. The two days were a magnificent success!

http://fi.penisboosters.com All in all, MBL volunteers had brought with them…

  • 2580 Books
  • 18 Library desks and sets of matching chairs
  • 6 Custom bookcases
  • 8 Heaters
  • Maps, globes and sound systems

http://si.penisboosters.com This would the first in many events that will bring the Book For Kids Project alive for the poor villages in China. MBL were able to make a great impact and help change these children’s lives. The successes will continue!

vestiti eleganti per donne basse Below are the experiences and insights by three of MBL’s Western volunteers who had assisted on the Donation Day. They are Valentina from Italy, Aurore from France and Annabel from the UK. All three had helped MBL tremendously and had learned much from the day. Their experiences will highlight the importance of MBL’s Book for Kids Project.

Editor – Sheak-Asif Hussain 胡风夫

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What MBL volunteers say…(from Annabel Lawrence, Aurore Bois, and Valentina Rigoni)

rotes abendkleid I can’t believe that I am writing this on my penultimate day in Nanjing. From the get-go this has been one of the most stimulating and formative experiences I have ever had! I leave with no doubt that this is just the beginning of what will come to be many more encounters between myself and the dedicated team here at MBL.

我不敢相信,这个记录在我离开南京的前一天。一个充满刺激和非常丰富的体验。这仅仅是我中国之行的一个开始,让我接触和了解更多关于中国和MBL,并参与其中。

I arrived in China three weeks ago and spent my first week in Shanghai teaching at Wellington College International. This was my first time in the bubbling metropolis and it didn’t fail to impress! Waiting to watch the sun set over the city at 474m high from the infamous ‘bottle top’, shopping in various silk markets and eating a multitude of street foods were just some of my favorite moments.

我在中国有三周的时间。第一周在上海惠灵顿国际学校尝试教学工作。周末我第一在这个大都市里冒险,很多很多的高楼。在国际金融中心的顶楼,一座474米的大厦顶层,观看日落。我喜欢在购物市场里,尝试各种便当,那是我在上海最欢乐的时光。

After Shanghai, I took the bullet train to Nanjing where I was to spend 2 weeks volunteering with MBL. This superfast train travels faster than 300 km/h; I wish trains in the UK would travel this quickly!

之后,我乘坐高铁去南京。我有2周的MBL志愿者工作体验。这趟列车的速度超过300公里每小时,非常快,我是多么希望家乡英国的火车也能这么快!

During my time with MBL I was involved in a variety of different activities. Without a doubt, my personal highlight of this trip was working with MBL’s ‘Books for Kids’ project. On this day, along with Frank and his MBL team, I visited a primary school here in Nanjing who have been collecting donations for the project which we were to take at the weekend to Lianyungang. It was fascinating for me to see the differences between primary schools here in the China and back in the UK; the class sizes were so big and the children were so well behaved!

在南京,我参与了很多MBL的活动。毫无疑问,让我感受最深的是参与了“BOOKS FOR KIDS”项目中的一些活动。这也是我这次来华体验的最大亮点。周二,我和Frank Pan以及MBL中国团队访问了南京的一所小学,这所小学为连云港的贫困学校募捐书籍。周末去贫困的乡村,把书给哪里的孩子们。这对我来说是非常有意义的,让我看到了中国学校的差异,以及班级规模和英国的极大差异,但是中国的学生表现非常出色!

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It wasn’t until the following Sunday though, that I truly realized the true necessity of the B4K project. At 6:30am I, along with 29 MBL volunteers, started to load the bus with heating supplies, stereos, desks,bookcase,atlases and over 2500 books that were going to travel the 300km with us to Lianyungang.

直到周末,我才真正意识到B4K项目的必要性。那天早上6:30,我和29个志愿者开始忙碌起来,往大巴车上装载物资,它们有教学音响、地球仪、地图册、课桌、大书柜以及超过2500本图书。7:30分我们出发,送往300公里外的连云港贫困学校。

Upon arrival, I was struck by how different this little rural school was from the primary school I had visited earlier in the week; there was no athletics track nor calligraphy room, no gardens nor ponds. The playground consisted of two broken basketball nets, the classrooms housed wooden desks and chairs which for the most part were broken, the two dormitories each 45 meters squared,each housing 40 children, one for girls and one for boys. Liners made of bamboo were used in lieu of mattresses and there were often three children sleeping on a single bunk. The importance of what we could achieve if we were to give these children books became very apparent to me.

抵达后,我被这个贫困小学震惊了。参观完学校,我发现这里没有任何体育设施,自习的教室,没有花园,池塘,操场上只有两个破烂的篮球架。教室里的桌子,凳子全是破旧的,而且并不统一,大大小小的。学校有两间45平方米的学生宿舍,每个宿舍住着40个左右孩子,男生一间,女生一间。他们的床上没有床垫,只有一层竹草席。没有厕所,公用厕所距离宿舍很远。

However, It’s no use having books but nowhere to put them! So, we built a library; we built bookshelves, tables and chairs so as to make our new library as best a learning environment as possible. As someone who has never even built IKEA flatpack furniture this was quite a challenge! By the end of Sunday evening we had build libraries in both the schools we were visiting. We filled them full of the books from MBL donations and donned the walls with posters. It was then time to get some rest before meeting the children who would use our library the following day

然而,并没有地方放这些书。因此我们需要建一个图书馆,于是我们开始动手组装书架、桌子、椅子,尽可能的为孩子们营造出一个环境良好的看书,学习的地方。作为一个从来没有组装宜家家具的我来说,这是一个相当大的挑战!直到深夜,我们终于完成,并为图书馆装满的书,墙上图上了地图和海报。一切看起来都很棒。第二天,我们就在这里与孩子们见面,和他们学习。

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On Monday we returned to the school for their flag raising ceremony in which the principal thanked MBL for all their time and effort and in which Frank encouraged the children to use their new books to further their own education. This flag raising ceremony was a new experience for me; watching over 600 children marching in step and saluting perfectly in time was quite a sight! I was then asked to teach an English lesson to 60 8 year-olds. They picked up the new material very quickly and the whole lesson was incredibly rewarding. The two days in Lianyungang emphasized to me the huge disparity in educational opportunities in China and the tremendous amount of work that still needs to go into overcoming this gap.

周一我们再次来到学校,参加了升旗仪式。校长感谢母爱桥志愿者团队的付出和努力。Frank Pan再一次的强调帮助孩子们用好新书,引导孩子们更多的阅读来满足对知识的渴望。升旗仪式对我来说是一个全新的体验,有超过600个孩子在同一时间集中到操场上来游行,看上去是那么的整齐和有纪律!之后我给孩子们上英语课,我问是怎样的班级,被告知是超过60个年龄在8岁左右孩子的班级。这是一个巨大的挑战,但是学生们很守纪律并十分配合我的教学,他们很快拿出新书,这个课堂看起来非常完美。两天的连云港之行,我感受到中国教育机会的巨大差距,这点必须被强调,还有很多大量的工作等着我们去努力缩小这样的差距。

The rest of the time I have spent in Nanjing has either been working in the MBL offices where I have helped to make English podcasts, teaching a new word or phrase every day, or touring the beautiful sights this city has to see.

I have spent two days at Ningxin disability home where I taught the children English nursery rhythms and sat in on their lessons. I also spend a day at a children’s orphanage with an Australian family whose adopted daughter comes from Nanjing. It was the first time she had returned to China since being adopted at the age of 3 and it was the first time she met the family who fostered her until her adoption. My day in the orphanage opened up my eyes to some of the social problems facing china as well as highlighting the importance of MBL’s aim to reunite birth and adoptive cultures.

其余的时间,我在南京MBL办公室工作,我需要做英语录音,每天教一个新单词或短语。或者游览这座美丽城市的风景。

我花了两天的时间在宁馨残疾人中心帮助工作。我给他们上英语课,唱儿歌,打节奏,做活动。我还花了一天的时间,与一个来自澳大利亚的家庭一起参观了孤儿院,这是他们养女之前的家,来自南京孤儿院。这是他们养女3岁被领养之后,第一次回到中国。我在孤儿院里,看见了中国面临的社会问题,体会到MBL BOOK FOR KIDS项目中的生养文化、寻根团聚的重要性和迫切性!

Throughout my time in Nanjing, I have been made to feel so welcome. I would like to thank Tinting and her family for hosting me throughout my stay, for the most amazing array of breakfasts I have ever seen and for bearing with me when I didn’t understand what was going on!

在南京的时间里,我感到非常受欢迎。我要谢谢婷婷和她的家人,与他们同住、丰盛的早餐,和解答很多我不明白的中文。

Thank you to the MBL volunteers who made our trip to Lianyungang such a success, thank you to Jenny for being such a wonderful tour guide, thank you to everybody who works in the MBL office for being so kind, generous and feeding me with so much fruit! I have loved my time with you.

Thank you to Julie and Xiao Li for helping me to organize this entire trip, without you both this would not have been possible, and finally, thank you Frank. For showing me the real China, for explaining many intricacies of Chinese cultures, for our stimulating evening conversations on Chinese society, for taking me to eat in the most amazing local places and for showing me how much you believe in the work MBL does, thank you.

感谢这次母爱桥志愿活动,去连云港捐赠是非常的成功。感谢珍妮一个出色的陪伴,感谢每个人在MBL办公室如此努力的工作,善良,慷慨分享时间、爱和水果。感谢朱莉和肖莉小姐帮我组织整个旅行,没有你们,这将是不可能实现的体验。最后谢谢Frank Pan,给我展示一个真实的中国、解释复杂的中国文化、关于中国的谈话、分享当地精彩的小吃、和对MBL事业的热忱。

MBL’s unwavering determination to improve the educational opportunities for poor Chinese children as well as your desire to teach more children English is inspiring. I leave Nanjing in the hope that I too, through working with MBL, will be able to make a difference to the lives of these children. MBL’s work is truly amazing, thank you for letting me be a part of it.

MBL您改善贫困中国儿童教育机会的坚持与决心,以及教更多孩子英语是多么鼓舞人心。我要离开南京了,但我非常希望通过MBL,来帮助和改变这些孩子的生活和未来。MBL的工作确实是惊人的,谢谢你让我成为一部分。

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Valentina’s Report

Since I was a child, my parents would read stories to me every evening after the dinner and before sleeping. My two sisters and I always cherished those moments. We fought for having a better look of the images printed on the book so not to miss any part of the ‘holy story. Maybe that’s why even still now, I can’t sleep before reading at least one page of a book. From this habit I’ve learned so much from books. including the Chinese language!. I strongly believe books can help people to be better educated, open minded, helping us to understand other people and the world around us.

Two years ago, I discovered the charity Mothers Bridge of Love. I’m so happy to be engaged as a volunteer because I want to improve the bridge between Chinese and Western culture. Here in China, Mother’s Bridge of Love has helped me so much, it’s like another family for me.

I took part in the amazing project called ‘Books for Kids’. First, we packed around 900 books in one week in MBL’s office. Then, with MBL’s other volunteers we went to the poor countryside area for two days. I got the impression that we were to enter into the ‘real’ China. Not the China with a lot of light and nightclubs, but the China who are struggling to get out the poverty. I really loved the way we were greeted to the village: a red banniere on the main door to welcome us!

On Sunday, we arrived at two different schools and helped to build libraries there. It was very interesting for me to see the dormitory where kids sleep without even a mattress. Likewise I liked to watch the playgrounds where I tried to figure out what kind of games the children played.

Then on Monday I taught an English class to the children with my colleague, Valentina. I was struck by the fact that there were so many children in the class. And also that their English level was so good, perhaps even better than French children at the same age!

I asked the children to read a text after me and they all shouted the English words with such a great clarity! Though, when I asked a little girl a question she was so shy that even though I was beside her it was difficult to hear her! The difference of the voice intensity between when they are in a group and when alone in front of everybody struck me a lot. The children need more confidence boosting because they have a great talent that has to nurtured.

Of course, it’s always difficult to measure the real impact of what we’ve done to the two schools. It’s as Xinran said, we are all only a drop of water to China’s great ocean! However, I’m firmly convinced that what we’ve done was really important not only for these children but for the whole China.

I know the children will enjoy reading these books. I hope these books will allow them to increase their latent abilities and reach their dreams! Maybe they will event fight each other to read the Harry Potter books first!

I once read a story  about a lady who liked returning starfish back into the ocean from a beach that had many of them stranded. A man arrived and asked her why she was doing that. He said her actions were useless because she will not be able to put all the starfish into the sea again. And the lady replied that it does not matter whether it is useful or useless but that the difference is made in the starfish that could continue on living, that was enough. Volunteering in this project was exactly like that.

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I am Valentina, an Italian MBLer who is currently living in Suzhou, China. I joined MBL four years ago after I found into “Good Women of China”, one of Xinran’s outstanding reportages on Chinese culture. After living in London for five years I decided to experience China myself, therefore I now reside in Suzhou, working and studying Mandarin. It has been an amazing life-changing experience so far.

On September 20th and 21st I took part in an amazing project with MBL’s Nanjing office, aimed at donating educational material to two schools located at a village in the countryside of Lianyungang, five hours outside of Nanjing. “Books for Kids” is the project by which the MBL group delivered school material, such as desks and bookshelves, and kids’ books to children in the Tuhe village. After setting up the libraries on Sunday 20th, we assisted at the inauguration ceremony, which took place on Monday 21st. The ceremony featured speeches from the schools’ representatives as well as from MBL’s coordinators. Afterwards, an English class took place, where I had the opportunity to interact with the students. Following lunch with the schools’ staff we departed from the village and made our way back to Nanjing.

This opportunity was a great lesson for me. Not only did I have the chance to see new places, completely different from the city of Suzhou that I am used to, but I was also able to face a different reality. Those kids and teachers face a daily struggle to further their educational level, learning with the right quality of material. However this didn’t strike me as much as the fullness of enthusiasm from the children when it came to taking part in the English class.

What I saw in those schools made me realise that, after all, there are still things that can’t be bought or fabricated, such as the passion and interest that drives you to achieve your goals or your passions. What we gave to those children are just the tools to achieve their goals, but they already possess the fundamental ones, curiosity, fervour and eagerness to succeed.

I consider myself a really lucky person, because I have been given the opportunity to experience a different reality from my daily life. It taught me something that will stay with me for a long time. I wish to thank MBL for that, because thanks to all the MBLers involved this project was successfully delivered.

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