Chinese New Year 2017, Celebrating China’s Diversity with MBL

On 11th February 2017 MBL successfully held its annual Chinese Spring Festival celebration at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London. The event attracted more than seven thousand visitors from a range of European countries to experience all that Chinese culture has to offer and join in the new year festivities. All who participated, no matter their background, fully enjoyed what the event had to offer from Chinese painting and storytelling to paper-folding and crafting.

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Our volunteers worked tirelessly to deliver fun and imaginative workshops celebrating Chinese culture to our guests. At the painting stand Rui Yun 小夕 delivered a masterclass in the styles and patterns attributed to Chinese art. Her teaching, along with the invaluable assistance of others such as Julie and Eric Cai, was so good that all of the children present left with beautifully drawn and coloured Beijing Opera masks! Particularly popular were the dazzling costumes on display at the storytelling workshop which represented all the different peoples who make up China. All who watched were given the chance to wear these costumes and transform themselves into elegant and beautiful princesses or strong and brave Kung Fu warriors straight out of an ancient Chinese storybook. This special occasion would no doubt have given many parents some fantastic photographs to show friends and family. Finally, Jing Yi 静怡 led a wonderful class in paper-folding and crafting. Sat along two long tables, groups of children and adults alike followed her instructions and before too long were producing Chinese lanterns representing the new year celebration and many more fantastic creations. The class proved such a success that by the end most were reluctant to leave!

In addition to the visual highlights visitors were also treated to some great musical performances. Pan Tong, Ting Ting and friends, all of whom represent the teenagers of MBL, played beautiful compositions on the guzheng and keyboard drawing our audience to the sounds of traditional China. Master Huang Xu followed this by introducing our guests to the Chinese tea ceremony and its value in Chinese society. Last, but by no means least, Yoyo and Ping performed their Kung Fu and Fan Dance respectively bringing a close to a highly memorable day of festivities and celebration.

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Guzheng performer:Tong Pan

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Tea ceremony:Xun Huang

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Kongfu performer:Yuyu

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Taichi performer:Ping Ling

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Orzu Arts Theatre Group was invited to be part of the main show and they lived up to every expectation. A very interesting combination of singing and dancing in colourful costumes and upbeat music was staged: the singing and dancing are from Chinese ethnic areas as well as China’s bordering countries through the Silk Road: Tibet, Turkmenistan, Uzbek, Kazakh.

A variety of traditional and popular acts such as Guzheng, Kung Fu, Tai Chi were also performed by our own talented volunteers, Linping, Youyou, Tingting and Tongtong. A tea ceremony was also provided by a volunteer’s company Capacitea, they also kindly donated all their proceeds to MBL at the end of the event. Story telling took place in a separate area, our volunteer Dingding applied her education study to great use. The main show was capably managed by our colleague at MOC Anne and Linping, our own volunteer team leader.

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The MBL V&A Museum of Childhood was a resounding success. The number of visitors is more than 2600 on the 11th Feburary.As one of our supporters put it, ‘I had a lovely time at the V&A. It was the first time we worked together and there will certainly be a lot room for us to improve. We hope to be able to cooperate more with MBL for future events.’ It was a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteers’ display on a continual basis. Without our kind volunteers and sponsors offering their time and effort, this event would never have been able to succeed. Thus, MBL sends our great thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and trustees for devoting your time and energy. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Heartfelt thanks to all volunteers:Yintong,Ping Ling,Julie,Zhigang Pan,Zhihao Chen,Heling,Cai,Yu Yang,Ziyang Zhang,Jingyi Chen,Pingting Lin, Weiwen Wang,Wenjun Ding,Ruiyun He,Yutong Jin,Wenwen Xie,Xun Huang.

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Chinese New Year 2017,Celebrating China’s Diversity with MBL

The Chinese New Year is upon us once again. The international charity organisation The Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL) is staging its annual celebration in collaboration with the renowned V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA) on Saturday 11th February 2017.

Surprisingly to many in the West, there are 56 ethnic groups within China. This year’s theme is centred on this dynamism within the rich, vibrant and exciting tapestry of Chinese society and its culture. You will see a variety of fascinating performances throughout the day and our group of MBL specialists will introduce the varied ethnic groups. The colourful costumes, folk dance and music, and their links with other bordering countries will be demonstrated. At the same time, the usual classic and popular activities such as learning to speak and write in Chinese, costumes photo opportunities, paper cutting and mask making will be available throughout the day. We look forward to welcoming all families to participate and celebrating the China’s diversity with us.

The charity The Mother’s Bridge of Love was set up in 2004 by the internationally acclaimed Chinese author Xinran. Its aim is to promote Chinese culture for Children and reach out to Chinese children from all corners of the world. MBL is enjoying its collaboration with V&A Museum of Childhood for the fourth year. Having enjoyed the Chinese New Year activities, the families can also have the opportunity to sample the extensive collections of toys, childhood equipment and costumes that have been in the Museum’s collection since 1872.

So, come and join us, a fun and educational day out is waiting for you on Saturday, 11th February 2017!

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MBL and the V&A Museum of Childhood held the 2016 Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration

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This year on the 17th of September, Mother’s Bridge of Love (MBL) together with The V&A museum of childhood held the Chinese Mid Autumn Festival Celebration. On the day, MBL and the V&A Museum of Childhood opened their doors to more than 1,580 international visitors to share Chinese culture and enjoyment.

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2) Mandarin Learning : It was the most interactive activity of the day, led by volunteer Lin Ping, who taught basic Chinese words, simple greetings and numbers. To give western people some first steps in Chinese language learning.

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3) Storytelling: Over 5000 years history of China, every story full of mystery and magic. The Story of “ Chang’e’s Ascent to the Moon” was one of them, which is also the most pertinent story related to the Moon festival.

Volunteers Tian Bin, YouYou and Lin Ping led the storytelling with their dramatic gestures and spectacular communication skills to bring children’s attention, increasing their awareness of the Moon festival.

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4) Chinese Calligraphy: It offered a place to children for delivering their wishes  for now or in the future. Volunteer Cuizhe, Shuocheng Wang was helping children to write down their wishes through Chinese calligraphy. According to workshop volunteers there were lots of joyous moments during the event. Some children made wishes like “ Rose wants to become a bad princess” or “ Jessica wants to have a little pony”. Wishes reflected one side of the children that made volunteers better understand the children’s dreams and interests.

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There were also other workshops that offered a Chinese experience on the day, painting of Peking Opera facial masks and Chinese costumes for dressing up.

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We appreciated the volunteers who worked in these workshops. Ensuring  security at the same time, creating a pleasurable experience for the children sharing Chinese culture.  They were Sui Feng, Ting Ting, Ying, YangTong, Rainy, Patrick, Yonne and Jin.

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Books for Kids Project Needs Your Help!

For more than ten years, MBL has provided assistance, advice and educational support to families around the world. This includes medical treatment for disabled orphans, and a number of disaster relief and educational projects in China. We have set up 16 children’s libraries in various regions of China, including in Tibetan and Muslim minorities schools, schools for migrant workers children, and schools which were suffered from the 2008 and 2012 earthquakes in Sichuan province.

MBL has collaborated with different organizations from all over the world to carry out the “Books For Kids” Project in order to build up MBL International Children Library in impoverished regions in China. Every year, MBL volunteers visit schools in these areas, to carry out research and learn more about how we can make a difference to these children’s lives.

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2016 MBL International Children’s Library: 3 schools in rural Sichuan province

  • Shilong Primary School

Shilong Primary School is located in the mountainous area of Junlian County in Sichuan province, at an altitude of 1777.2 metres. The school was reconstructed in 2013 and relocated from the previous location of Dabang village. There are 2 teaching buildings, 9 teachers, 6 classes, and 162 students in total. Most of those students (113 of them) are ‘left-behind children’ whose parents live in different cities in China. The supply and quality of books in the school library in Shilong Primary School is extremely poor. Although the teaching buildings are relatively new, the teaching materials are in bad condition. The brand new books inside of the school library (borrowed from county authority) cannot be borrowed, while those that can be borrowed are mostly outdated and damaged periodicals from 10 years ago. Number of donated books needed: 855

  • Gonghe Village Primary School

Gonghe Village Primary School is located in the mountainous region of Mutan Town, near Yibin City in Sichuan province. Gonghe Primary School was founded in 1995 and relocated from the the south west of Gongteng Village. There are 2 teaching buildings (one is old and the other is new), 5 teachers, 5 classes, and 78 students in total in this primary school. Most of those students are from the nearby Gongteng Village, and more than half of them are left-behind children, whose parents are migrant workers in the factories in different areas in China. Books supply and quality in the school is extremely poor. The teaching facilities, walls, classrooms, teaching platform, and blackboard on campus are all very old and damaged. Number of donated books needed: 415

  • Hongchun Village Primary School

Hongchun Village Primary School is very far from Junlian County, and it took about 2 hours for MBL volunteers by local bus. There are 2 teaching buildings, 6 teachers, 6 classes, and 131 students in total in the school (again, most of them are left-behind children). The supply and quality of books in the school library is extremely poor, and some of the tables and chairs are broken and damaged (including those in the classroom). The temperature is very low with very heavy fog due to the high altitude. There are no heating facilities or lights in the classrooms. Number of donated books needed: 685

For Book Donation, please post your books to

Mrs ZHU Li (+86 13905150047)

Room 105, Building 42, RuiJin BeiCun,

Qinhuai District, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province P.R. China

Post code: 210016

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2016 MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL FAIR

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MBL Celebration for 2016 Chinese New Year of Monkey at V&A Museum of Childhood on Saturday 13th February 2016

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As the most important event in China, Chinese New Year has always been celebrated with various activities, delicious food and family reunions. In order to share this great joy with everyone, MBL hosted a Chinese New Year celebration at V&A Museum of Childhood, London, on Saturday, 13th February 2016. The event, full of fun and frolic, attracted beste borstvergroting kliniek 3,300 visitors from all around London. All of them gathered together to taste and enjoy the splendid and diverse Chinese celebration of the Monkey year. This event marks a great success not only because the visitors, including a large number of children, found it wonderful and enjoyable, but also because MBL had successfully raised over £200 for charity. MBL sincerely owes this success to all our performers, supporters and volunteers, because this is an achievement of our joint efforts!

 

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At the event, we had nearly 60 volunteers and performers who came to deliver a series of fantastic and joyful workshops and performances, ranging from paper cutting/folding to lion dancing and Chinese opera singing. Each workshop attracted a large number of children with its unique activity and the warm assistance from our passionate volunteers. For instance, the Chinese Costume Dressing-Up workshop provided over 30 different kinds of minority costumes for the children to experience the diversity of Chinese culture. With the help from our volunteers, every child had a gleeful time of putting on beautiful clothes and taking pictures, as well as a brief understanding of the cultures behind the costumes. At the Calligraphy area, children and parents were learning to master the art of brush and ink on rice paper and drawing artistic forms of monkey. Next door at the paper cutting section, hundreds of children queued up to choose their favourite patterns for paper cutting. Some made funny monkey faces and some made pretty red lanterns, and even Chinese characters.

 

Apart from the workshops, a wide selection of performances occupied the marble floor through out the event. Mr. Zhen Guidong, International Director of Talk Sport, was invited to tell the story of ‘Nian’ (meaning ‘Year’), giving the audience a new perspective to appreciate this traditional Chinese occasion. The Kung Fu shows, both Tai Chi (Tai Ji) and Yong Chun (a school of Kung Fu originated in South China), attracted plenty of audience and the following workshop encouraged both children and grown ups to participate themselves. Beijing Opera and Kun Qu amazed the audience. Other performances included singing, flute and violin performances, contemporary dance and ballet. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the lion dancing which allowed hundreds of families and children to have a closer look at the most well-known celebration of the Chinese New Year.

 

The manager of V & A Museum of Childhood, Ms. Teresa Hare Duke said after the event: ‘Very well done!’ The staff at the museum said that they thought it was ‘a fantastic and brilliant event’. Many families travelled long distances from different parts of London to experience this cultural event and showed an unanimous interest in next year’s event.   The Big Review TV came and filmed the highlights of the event and interviewed MBL team leader Haiyun on MBL’s work. Ms. Kristie Holloway was very impressed by the remarkable work that MBL’s three bridges had accomplished in reaching out to the world.

 

The success of this Chinese New Year event reflects the enthusiasm of both the public and our volunteers. We have more supporters and volunteers this year than ever and we are grateful and glad to see so many people joining the family of our charity. This year is the Year of Monkey—an animal of intelligence, agility and good fortune. We sincerely wish everyone a joyful new year!

 

If you would like to help the kids who are in need of better education, please contact us. Every little help means a lot for children in poverty.

 

Donation can be made,

 

On-Line Payment:

Please use this link: https://charities.everyclick.com/purchase… and please leave your name and email address, and also put “Books For Kids” in the donation comment box.

 

Cheque:

Please POST the cheque to MBL, 9 ORME COURT, LONDON, W2 4RL, UK

 

Bank Transfer:

Account Name:The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)

Account Number:11453130

Sort Code: 400607

SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E

IBAN: GB08MIDL40060711453130

 

Thank you very much on behalf of MBL and those children from village to village! MBL Head Office

 

Drafted by MBL volunteer ZHOU Zhou (周舟). Edited by WANG Haiyun

 

*The funds and donations that MBL makes from this event are to support MBL “Books For Kids” project and our operations.

 

 

More information on V&A Museum of Childhood Website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/moc/events/chinese-new-year/

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MBL Mid-Autumn Festival at V&A Museum of Childhood

MBL Mid-Autumn Festival at V&A Museum of Childhood

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MBL Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival has successfully launched at V&A Museum of Childhood on Sunday, 27th September 2015. As one of the biggest Chinese traditional festivals held in UK, MBL has brilliantly attracted more than 1400 national friends to visit this event, most of whom are from different European countries with various cultural backgrounds, but it does not fade out their passion to engage with Chinese traditional activities. Without those kind volunteers and sponsors offering their efforts, this event can never succeed. Thus, MBL send our sincere thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and trustees for devoting your time and energy.

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Our workshops are involved with paper-folding, Chinese calligraphy, storytelling and minorities costume dressing-up. Each workshop was responded by one leader who demonstrated and taught children how to practice properly, and several assistants who walked around the workshop to offer individual help.

One of our workshop leader Rennie is mainly responded in the area of calligraphy. Under her patient demonstration through hand by hand, all of children were able to write down their names at the end of the session with the help from other assistants, like Mehta Neha, TANG Lai etc. Other great work could see by storytelling workshop. A Romantic mythological story Chang’E Soaring to the Moon was told over storytelling sessions. The group leader ZHANG YuYang with her emotional voice portrayed a beauty called Chang’E, lived eternally with a rabbit on the moon. This story kept children concentrating, imaging and laughing. The smiles reflected their inner happiness which make MBL strongly believe that this event had been created enjoyable memory among those children.

Minorities costume dressing-up attracted both girls and boys pulling their parents toward the colorful dresses they have never seen before. The moment they saw totally different themselves in the mirror, they were amazed. Some of them were as elegant as princess while some of them were like Master of Kungfu. The Parents were busy taking photos of the kids dancing, jumping, running around and playing Kungfu.

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Paper-folding/cutting workshop led by WANG HaiYun (Rosa) offered a fantastic opportunity for kids to enhance their craft skills. Groups of families sat at two sides of long tables, following the instruction of demonstrator and learning from each other. Within 10 minutes, children made out many small paper lanterns in red, yellow, green, which were perfect souvenirs for them. Because of kids’ strong desires, demonstrator had to teach them more, such as making the kitty face. Participants were obsessed and reluctant to leave.

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The performance at the afternoon brought audience a great acoustic meal. Pan Tong, Ting Ting and her friends, who represent the young teenagers in MBL, played one piece of Guzheng and one piece of keyboard. Master Cheng Yu, played three classical Pipa pieces and taught children to sing along with. YANG XiaoRong sang one Kun Qu and one well-known song Shui Diao Ge Tou, it is a Chinese classic song of eulogizing moon on mid-autumn festival. We also had a young Chinese man called Yao TianYi to sing to beautiful Chinese pop song. Lastly, performance turned to modern Chinese pop-music display, sang by Chinese Guitar club with Tommy and his band mates Priscilla and Elton.

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The MBL V&A Museum of Childhood was a resounding success. As one of our supporter put it. “I had a lovely time at V&A and it was the first time we worked together and there will certainly be a lot room for us to improve. We hope to be able to cooperate more with MBL from future events. ” It was a reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm volunteers’ display on a continual basis. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Please allow me express our thankfulness to our sponsors:

Snowflake Books, UK Chinese Contemporary Music Association, Guanghwa Bookshop, TianJin-Business Association, UK Chinese Ensemble Society, and Chinese Emporium.

If you would like to help the kids who are in need of better education, please encourage us. Every little helps from you means a lot for children in poverty.

Donation can be paid:

– On-Line Payment, please use this link:

https://charities.everyclick.com/purchase?d=D&cn=The+Mothers+Bridge+of+Love&cid=22070&ctId=CT12002&cy=GBP&partner=1

and please leave your name and email address, and also put “Books For Kids” in the donation comment box.

– Cheque: please POST the cheque to

MBL, 9 ORME COURT, LONDON, W2 4RL, UK

– Bank Transfer: WIRE your money to

Account Name:The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)

Account Number:11453130

Sort Code: 400607

SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E

IBAN: GB08MIDL40060711453130

Thank you very much on behalf of MBL and those children from village to village!

MBL Head Office

Drafted by MBL volunteers HE RuiYun (何瑞云) and Chloé YANG (杨晶晶)

*The funds and donations that MBL makes from this event are to support MBL “Books For Kids” project and our operations.

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MBL Books For Kids Project – Donation Day Report

MBL Books For Kids Project – Donation Day Report

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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.

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!

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

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!

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.

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

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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The Junior Chinese Summer School Programme

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The Junior Chinese Summer School Programme has successfully completed by 25th July in Mayfield, East Sussex. MBL team and Xinran with many adotive families attended this programme to spread Chinese culture and get close to each other. We would like to thank Robin, Maria and their daughter Isabella for the delicious meals and the accommodation offer. And we appreciate our supporter and her family for hosting a fantastic dinner for MBLers. Thank you very much indeed for all your kindness.

In this programme, our volunteers from Mother’s Bridge of Love have witnessed the strong bond of love between western parents and Chinese adoptees. We set up stalls selling books about China and Chinese traditional decorations. The major work of MBLers was to talk with parents, getting to know their life with Chinese adoptees. MBLers also held a Chinese minorities fashion try on session. The children were dressed with Chinese minorities’ costumes such as Dai, Miao, Meng Gu and etc. And Xinran gave a talk in Mayfield School about the role of woman today in China and her new book “Buy Me the Sky” which reveals the effect of one-child policy to Chinese society. The audience were touched and also showed great support to Mother’s Bridge of Love. Our project “Books for Kids” has greatly attracted groups of parents who regularly take their children back to China every year. Different from the normal vacation, “Books for Kids” offers western children a unique opportunity to gain a deep insight of Chinese family, class and countryside. With MBL team, they would take a part in all the activities including packing and sending books, building local libraries and etc.

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This experience was very enjoyable. People were amazed that the lovely little girls with minorities’ costumes were just as beautiful as models in T stage. The parents and MBLers were busy taking photos hoping to remember this moment forever. One of the volunteers was really touched. She said ” Having deep communications with the parents, I found that to improve the children’s Mandarin, the parents positively seek Chinese summer courses or Chinese personal tutors. This is inspiring that they constantly remind their beloved children of Chinese culture and their identities as Chinese offspring. Their love is generous and selfless.”

If you would like to help those kids who are in need of better education or you are looking forward to exploring Chinese culture, please encourage us and do not hesitate to contact us. Every little help from you means a lot for children in poverty.

Donation can be paid:
– On-Line Payment, please use this linkhttps://charities.everyclick.com/purchase… and please leave your name and email address, and also put “MBL Dragon Boat” “MBL Dragon Boat: name of the paddler you are sponsoring” in the donation comment box
– Cheque: please POST the cheque to
MBL, 9 ORME COURT, LONDON, W2 4RL, UK
– Bank Transfer: WIRE your money to
Account Name:The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)
Account Number:11453130
Sort Code: 400607
SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E
IBAN: GB08MIDL40060711453130
Thank you very much on behalf of MBL and those children from village to village!
MBL Head Office

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The melodies of love and joy from the deepest heart

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Congratulations on consummation of the Chinese concert “ Melodies from the Heart” performed by Huaxia Traditional Music Orchestra of China Conservatory on 21st August in London Centre Hall of Westminster. Mother’s Bridge of Love, as the only official charity partner, has cooperated successfully with organizers to build this music bridge between the west and China.

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Before the concert, our VIP guests were invited to a VIP reception when Minister Counsellor Mr. Jin Xu from Commercial Section of Chinese Embassy and the remembrancer of the city of London Paul Double gave speeches.

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During the first 45-minute performance session, Kuan Naichung led Huaxia Traditional Music Orchestra to perform “ A Festival in a Village”, “Sorrow under the Moon”, “The Family photo”, “Drinking Ceremony and Dance Music of the Tang Dynasty” with Pipa performed by Cheng Yuyu and “Full moon at the Lantern Festival and the night”. All these well-known pieces awoke audience’s childhood memory. Additionally, conductor Kuan Naichung showed the audience that words are another form of music. Before each piece, he either illustrated the background stories or visualized the music with beautiful Chinese traditional poems. For “Full moon at the Lantern Festival and the night”, he explained the excitement at the latter part of the music with the poem “众里寻他千百度,蓦然回首,那人却在灯火阑珊处.” (Searching him thousands of times in the crowds, I turn around suddenly, find he is standing in the lights gloomy.)

The second performance session started with a speech given by the invited VIPs, including Minister Counsellor Mr. XIANG XiaoWei from the Cultural section of Chinese Embassy, and followed by a speech by Mr Robin Musgrove-wethey. As a loving father to a beautiful Chinese daughter Isabella who came from Nanchang in 2005, Robin shared his experience with MBL and his opinion on the meaning of MBL’s work for bringing authentic Chinese culture to all the audience in that evening, to adoptive families and their beloved Chinese children in the UK, and to the UK society. In his view, MBL is reaching out to Chinese children in all corners of the world: those who have been raised abroad and those living in destitute conditions in China. He also introduced MBL as a UK Registered Charity and how we are “building bridges” between the East and the West by sending books from the West to the East in order to encourage the reading of Western literature, and MBL also raise funds to build children libraries in poor countryside schools and orphanages in China.

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After the speeches, Zhang Weiliang, the famous flute and Xiao performer brought two fresh pieces “ Weeping Flowers- Hua Lei” and “Little Cow Boy” which was introduced with poem “借问酒家何处有?牧童遥指杏花村.” Erhu performer, Mrs Song Fei also brought two classical pieces “The Moon reflected in Er-Quan” and “The New Year’s Eve”. All the audience were obsessed with the music that passed the composer’s sadness and his steadfast hope for brighter future.

The performance was so successful that at the end the audience did not stop applauding. To show gratitude, the orchestra performed one extra piece “Lovely Blossom and the Bright Full Moon”. The warmth and power of the music, like a river flowing from the stage to the deep part of our heart, brought audience peacefulness and happiness.

We would like to thank Chinese Business Network’s support for offering the limited free tickets with good seats and discount for our supporters, adoptive families and MBL volunteers. We greatly appreciated Robin Musgrove-wethey, our VIP guest and his family for giving a speech in front of all the audience introducing the three bridges of MBL, which was no doubt a historic moment for MBL. We are honored to have our guests including representatives from Hong Kong Adoptee Network, UK top music reviewer, Credential International Arts Manager and etc. Thank you all for joining this brilliant concert with Mother’s Bridge of Love.

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If you enjoyed this concert, or are looking forward to hearing more about coming Chinese concert or you would like to help those kids who are in need of better education, please encourage us and do not hesitate to contact us. Every little help from you means a lot for children in poverty.

Donation can be paid:
– On-Line Payment, please use this link:
http://www.mothersbridge.org/donate/
and please leave your name and email address, and also put “MBLChinese Concert” in the donation comment box.
– Cheque: please POST the cheque to
MBL, 9 ORME COURT, LONDON, W2 4RL, UK
– Bank Transfer: WIRE your money to
Account Name:The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)
Account Number:11453130
Sort Code: 400607
SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E
IBAN: GB08MIDL40060711453130
Thank you very much on behalf of MBL and those children from village to village!
MBL Head Office

Drafted by MBL volunteer HE RuiYun (何瑞云)
*The funds and donations that MBL makes from this concert are to support MBL “Books For Kids” project and our operations.

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