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.

 

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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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In memory of MBL board chairman, Mr. Toby Eady

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It’s with great sadness that we announce that MBL’s board chairman, Mr. Toby Eady, has passed away on the 24th, December, after losing his battle with cancer.

As an accomplished literary agent, Toby represented authors such as Bernard Cornwall, John Carey, Patrick Marnham, and Rachel Seiffert. He was widely respected for his knowledge and insights on writers from China and the Middle East, and represented Jung Chang’s Wild Swans and all the works by Xinran, his wife and also the MBL founder.

Since the foundation of MBL, Toby has been one of its most passionate and devoted advocates and supporters. He attended numerous MBL events and hosted volunteers from different countries in his house. He visited China with Xinran and other MBLers many times to help with the Books for Kids project, which has now set up 23 libraries in rural China.

Toby was keen on introducing more Chinese writers to the West. He co-organized “Open Eyes to China,” where he took Western publishers and literary agents to China multiple times to strengthen the communication between the West and China in regards to publishing and translation. He also played a key role in launching the Southern International Literary and Publishing Festival in China.

To many MBLers, Toby was a nurturing and caring father figure, as well as a mentor and a friend. They called him affectionately, datuo, the Big Toby. In addition to books, Toby enjoyed watching soccer and the news, taking long walks in Hyde Park, spending time with his authors and friends, and discussing everything related to China with Xinran.

We’re extremely saddened by Toby’s passing and miss him tremendously. His spirit and wisdom will remain with us forever.

To honor Toby and to celebrate his legacy, we invite you to is it worth buying EOSs today donate to MBL. Please include in your note specifying that the fund is in memory of Toby Eady. Your kindness and support will help make a big difference. Thank you!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! May your days be filled with joy, love, peace, and gratitude during this holiday season. We’re deeply grateful for your support and involvement, and look forward to another wonderful year ahead.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit here.

(A big Thank You to MBL volunteers Angela YANG & Jessica ZHANG for designing the card.)

 

MBL 2018 New Year Greetings

 

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MBL 2018 Yearly Plan

MBL 2018 Yearly Plan

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love

(MBL Charity Registration No. 1105543)

MBL 3 Bridges: Between Birth and Adoptive Culture, Between China and the West, Between the Poor and the Rich

Sharing Chinese culture, helping Chinese children.

Head Office: 9 Orme Court, London, W2 4RL, UK

website: www.mothersbridge.org

email: headoffice@mothersbridge.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Mothers-Bridge-of-Love-MBL-母爱桥-304860622922897

Chinaese Weibo: http://www.weibo.com/mbllondon/home?wvr=5

Wechat: mbllondon_2004

Season

Social Media

(Fan WU, Leo, Frank, Chloe)

sailingwu@gmail.com

liuhaochong@hotmail.com

pzg@sino-uk.org

chloe.young@hotmail.com

UK CACH / V&A MOC Events

(Ping LIN, Patrick, Yanhua, Yuyang ZHANG)

pinglin999@hotmail.com

chenzhihao931107@hotmail.com

xiaomanyi@gmail.com

joyce.xu2008@gmail.com

China Volunteer Centre

(Julie ZHU, PZG)

juliezhu34@hotmail.com

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

pzg@sino-uk.org

2018

Q1

Jan to March

  1. Continue with Global Calendar and regular update on website
  2. Continue with FB, Twitter and Wechat coverage
  3. Discuss with Frank, Leo about details for the new website: design, art, content, banners
  4. Work with other leaders for a New Year message
  5. New member training
  6. More translators are needed

MBL & MOC Chinese New Year event on 10th , Feburay, 2018.

Porgrammes including:

  1. Invite children to write wishes and holiday messages on a red ribbon, which they can put inside a red pocket bag and take home
  2. Teach children how to say their wishes in Chinese
  3. Exhibit the artwork from schools in Nanjing and the audience can vote for their favorite art
  4. Dress up party for children
  5. A show of mental calculation with Chinese abacuses

Performances include: Chinese music instruments, Chinese tea cermony, lion dance, singing, Chinese folk dance, tai chi and martial arts, etc.

MBL supports CACH adoptive family’s yearly gathering

CACH CONTACT (Chairman)

Mr Kieron Wilkinson

kieron_wilkinson@ymail.com

Team leader: Ping LIN & Bin TIAN

  1. MBL Chinese New Year Party
  2. 2017 Books for Kids project report
  3. Thank-you notes for volunteers who have joined 2018 B4K donation activities
  4. MBL website update

2018

Q2

April to June

  1. Global Calendar
  2. FB, Twitter and Wechat
  3. decide on the website redesign plan and launch it if it’s ready.
  4. Regular website update and maintenance
  5. More volunteers and training

MBL volunteer yearly training by Xinran

  1. MBL 2018 B4K research
  2. MBL NT cultural education research
  3. Prepare for CN students’s visit of the UK and confirm their trip (date/expenses/schedule) 

2018

Q3

July to Sep

  1. Global Calendar
  2. FB, Twitter and Wechat
  3. Collect feedback on the new website, improve quality and work on new features 
  4. Regular website update and maintaince
  5. More volunteers and training

Summer event with MOC

Moon festival event with MOC (Need to confirm with MOC about budget.)

  1. CN students visit the UK
  2. MBL family visit the UK
  3. Collect books for B4K

2018

Q4

Oct to Dec

  1. Global Calendar
  2. FB, Twitter and Wechat
  3. continue monitoring the website performance and work with other teams on new features
  4. regular website update and maintaince
  5. more volunteers and training
  1. 2018 yearly report
  2. 2019 MBL work plan of events
  3. MBL volunteer yearly training by Xinran
  1. Collect books for B4K
  2. Build more MBL libaries
  3. 2018 reports
  4. 2019 work plan of events
  5. MBL Yearly Gathering at Volunteer Center

HEARTFELT THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO MBL

SHARING CHINESE CULTRE FOR CHILDREN! XIEXIE NIN!

MBL volunteers from more than 20 countries all over the world joined MBL Team and participated in MBL projects and events. Every year MBL needs MORE VOLUNTEERS to lead and support our projects and events. If you would like to participate in any MBL on-going Projects mentioned above or become one of the Project Leaders, please do not hesitate to contact the team leader or headoffice@mothersbridge.org


MBL Project Policy and Records

(MBL Head Office must have all of Points step by step on time)

— 3 Points of setting up a Plan

(You should NOT start working on the Plan until MBL Head Office confirms it. Thanks!)

a, MBL minute (team’s idea/decision, simple 5Ws: When/Where/Who/What/How)

b, The programme (ideas for MBL Head Office’s meeting, detailed 5 Ws)

c, A policy of your budget (cost, cover, gain) and its fundraising possibility

— 3 Points of Working Plan

(You should confirm all of these with Head Office before you send them out)

a, (1.5 months before) working timetable (with office/partners/MBL volunteers) + networking with office (VIP/Media/Students/Others)

b, (1 month before) invitation/poster sending (@, mails, handing)

c, (1 week before) final programme/timetable for guests + final day schedule for volunteers

— 3 Points of the Records

(MBL Head Office needs these in one-week time after each project)

a, (1 week after) work report of the activities (based on 5 Ws)

b, (1 week after) news for MBL web/Facebook/Weibo/Twitter/Wechat (500 words with more photos/videos)

c, (1 week after) a statement of cost/gain  (with all receipts and signed at least by two people)

General Guidance for MBL Volunteers working with Children/Adoptive Families

Since this might be the first time for some of MBL volunteers to be with MBL adoptive families (a very special group), for Child Safety, Security, Privacy, and Sensitivity purpose, we introduce a general guidance to MBL volunteers during events/activities involving children (including young people under the age of 18 years) and families below. 

Please read the contents below carefully:

 

You SHOULD:

• Always be aware of the Fire Exit before events/activities start

• Maintain a Child Safety environment for children

• Treat children with respect, listen to and value their ideas and opinions and protect their well-being

• Be considerate in your actions through your use of language, presentation, manner and punctuality

• Respect the privacy of children and their families and only disclose information to people who have a need to know.

You SHOULD NOT:

• Use prejudice, sensitive words such as “abandon”, or any oppressive behaviour or language with children

• Give advice or suggestion on adoptive families’ decision on searching for birth parents or their relationship with birth parents… If adoptive families ask for this, them you should forward their enquiries to MBL Head Office.

• Share children & families’ photos through your personal networks

• Discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability or sexuality.

• Initiate unnecessary physical contact with children or do things of a personal nature that children can do for themselves.

• Enquiry about children/families’ contact details and develop ‘special’ relationships with specific children/families for your personal gains or your own needs

• Have contact with children/families outside of the MBL’s programs.

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MBL 2017 Yearly Report

MBL 2017 Yearly Report

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love

(MBL Charity Registration No. 1105543)

MBL 3 Bridges: Between Birth and Adoptive Culture, Between China and the West, Between the Poor and the Rich

Sharing Chinese culture, helping Chinese children.

Head Office: 9 Orme Court, London, W2 4RL, UK

website: www.mothersbridge.org

email: headoffice@mothersbridge.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Mothers-Bridge-of-Love-MBL-母爱桥-304860622922897/

Chinaese Weibo: http://www.weibo.com/mbllondon/home?wvr=5

Wechat: mbllondon_2004

Season

Social Media

(Fan WU, Leo, Frank, Chloe)

sailingwu@gmail.com

liuhaochong@hotmail.com

pzg@sino-uk.org

chloe.young@hotmail.com

UK CACH / V&A MOC Events

(Ping LIN, Patrick, Yanhua, Yuyang ZHANG)

pinglin999@hotmail.com

chenzhihao931107@hotmail.com

xiaomanyi@gmail.com

joyce.xu2008@gmail.com

China Volunteer Centre

(Julie ZHU, PZG)

juliezhu34@hotmail.com

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

pzg@sino-uk.org

2017

Q1

Jan to March

Added Global Calendar content for Brazil & other South American countries; Finland, Sweden, Denmark & Netherlands; Spain, Portugal.

Edited and added to blog: Love on the road – volunteering in Sichuan; CACH reunion with MBL.

Set up MBLwechat public account in China (managed by Leo).

MBL with V&A New Year events run by team leader Yingtong.

Event reports

MBL New Year events with V&A Children Museum in the UK.

Set up MBL wechat account.

Started MBL cultural project – National Trust cultural trip work plan & precedure.

2017

Q2

April to June

Global Calendar content: Germany and Chinese students in Germany; France and Chinese students there.

Edited, translated, featured MBL powerpoint summary and Happy Mother’s Day messages.

Wrote and featured the article about June Children’s art exhibition with the artwork Frank and Julie had collected from China.

Xu and Patrick began to update Facebook regularly.

Renkai and Yiqun began to update Twitter.

Xinran provided MBL volunteer yearly training for Bath University

Set up translation team to support translation needs for our website and other social media platforms

Planned the UK-based summer camp for students visiting from China

Exhibited 50 children’s artwork from China for MBL UK events and website.

Conducted 2017 Books For Kids research.

Conducted MBL National Trust cultural trip research.

2017

Q3

July to Sep

Global Calendar Content: India, Singapore, and other Asian countries.

Edited and featured Wenlin Chinese school charity garden party, and poster about the summer festival (MBL & V&A).

Edited, translated and featured MBL’s “Happy 14th Birthday” message.

Update MBL Wechat Account contents regularly.

Joined the MOC Summer Event (TianBin, Suifeng, Chole.)  and raised fund for MBL.

Brought Chinese students from China for their summer camp in the UK.

MBL volunteer center in Nanjing collected books for this year’s Books For Kids project.

Supported the students from China for their studies in the UK.

MBL 14th Birthday celebration.

2017

Q4

Oct to Dec

Global Calendar: all the countries in the original plan have been featured by now.

Global overview of news and stories.

Featured the recommendation list of children’s books.

Edited and featured the message for International Day of the Girl: Let’s Give Girls a bright future.

Release MBL National Trust cultural trip plan on Wechat.

2018 events work plan.

New Year Greeting.

Thank-you letter to MBLers.

Perparing the Chinese New Year Event with Yanhua, Chole, Zhihao, Zhuli, and Tanbin.

2018 events work plan.

Christmas and New Year’s letters for website and social media by different teams.

MBL Yearly Gathering.

Collected more books for Books for Kids projects

Set up donation day as 17th and 18th, December, 2017.

2017 yearly report.

2018 work plan.

MBL volunteer center Yearly Gathering

The summary of MBL 2017 Team Leaders’ Report

Social Media

  1. Completed Global Calendar for 2017 covering all the countries and regions in the plan
  2. Set up Facebook and Twitter teams to expand social media content
  3. Provided editing and translating services to other MBL teams on key initiatives
  4. Provided training to team members for researching and compiling website content
  5. Added content regularly to the website and other platforms
  6. Started the initial discussion about website redesign, and will work on it with Frank and Leo in 2018
  7. Set up and update MBL Wechat Account contents regularly
  8. Shared MBL National Trust cultural trip plan on Wechat

UK Event Team

  1. The Event Team celebrated the Chinese New Year with MOC at the beginning of this year. The Event was successful.
  2. In July, we attended the MOC midsummer festival activities. This is MOC’s annual summer outdoor festival celebration. MOC also invited other charities, mainly those in music and children’s education. At the festival, MBL’s  volunteers organized several performances and raised money for MBL. The event for the MOC Mid Autumn festival, unfortunately, had to be cancelled due to insufficient fund.
  3. The celebration of the Spring Festival  is set on February 10th. We hope to attract a big audience and provide more performances and programs.

China Volunteer Centre

  1. MBL Nanjing Volunteer Center, led by Julie, supported MBL New Year events, working with V&A Children Museum in the UK.
  2. Launched MBL wechat account
  3. MBL volunteer Chloe returned to China and joined MBL volunteer center in Nanjing
  4. MBL cultural project – set up National Trust Cultural Trip work plan & precedure
  5. Organized UK-based summer camps for students and MBL volunteer from China
  6. Exhibited 50 children’s artwork from Nanjing Fu Zi Miao Center Primary school on MBL’s website
  7. Conducted research in Jiangxi Province as part of the effort to help adoptive family in the UK
  8. Approved MBL 2017 Books for Kids project of building two libraries in Jiangxi Province
  9. Conducted MBL National Trust cultural trip research, which was led by MBL volunteer Red, and arranged the trip for some families and students
  10. The Nanjing volunteer center collected many books for this year’s Books for Kids project
  11. Provided research support to Manchester University Professor Miss Chilling
  12. MBL 14th Birthday celebration
  13. Celebrated MBL volunteer Shuifeng’s 65th birthday!
  14. Worked wth several primary schools in Nanjing to collect books for the Books for Kids project
  15. Set up the donation days as 17th and 18th, December, 2017
  16. Provided books, sports equipments and school suppliers to schools in Jiangxi.

HEARTFELT THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT TO MBL

SHARING THE CHINESE CULTURE FOR CHILDREN! XIEXIE NIN!

MBL volunteers from more than 20 countries all over the world joined MBL Team and participated in MBL projects and events. Every year MBL needs MORE VOLUNTEERS to lead and support our projects and events. If you would like to participate in any MBL on-going Projects mentioned above or become one of the Project Leaders, please do not hesitate to contact the team leader or headoffice@mothersbridge.org


MBL Project Policy and Records

(MBL Head Office must have all of Points step by step on time)

— 3 Points of setting up a Plan

(You should NOT start working on the Plan until MBL Head Office confirms it. Thanks!)

a, MBL minute (team’s idea/decision, simple 5Ws: When/Where/Who/What/How)

b, The programme (ideas for MBL Head Office’s meeting, detailed 5 Ws)

c, A policy of your budget (cost, cover, gain) and its fundraising possibility

— 3 Points of Work Plan

(You should confirm all of these with Head Office before you send them out)

a, (1.5 months before) working timetable (with office/partners/MBL volunteers) + networking with office (VIP/Media/Students/Others)

b, (1 month before) invitation/poster sending (@, mails, handing)

c, (1 week before) final programme/timetable for guests + final day schedule for volunteers

— 3 Points of the Records

(MBL Head Office needs these in one-week time after each project)

a, (1 week after) work report of the activities (based on 5 Ws)

b, (1 week after) news for MBL web/Facebook/Weibo/Twitter/Wechat (500 words with more photos/videos)

c, (1 week after) a statement of cost/gain  (with all receipts and signed at least by two people)

General Guidance for MBL Volunteers working with Children/ Adoptive Families

Since this might be the first time for some of MBL volunteers to be with MBL adoptive families (a very special group), for Child Safety, Security, Privacy, and Sensitivity purpose, we introduce a general guidance to MBL volunteers during events/activities involving children (including young people under the age of 18 years) and families below. 

Please read the contents below carefully:

 

You SHOULD:

• Always be aware of the Fire Exit before events/activities start

• Maintain a Child Safety environment for children

• Treat children with respect, listen to and value their ideas and opinions and protect their well-being

• Be considerate in your actions through your use of language, presentation, manner and punctuality

• Respect the privacy of children and their families and only disclose information to people who have a need to know.

You SHOULD NOT:

• Use prejudice, sensitive words such as “abandon”, or any oppressive behaviour or language with children

• Give advice or suggestion on adoptive families’ decision on searching for birth parents or their relationship with birth parents… If adoptive families ask for this, them you should forward their enquiries to MBL Head Office.

• Share children & families’ photos through your personal networks

• Discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability or sexuality.

• Initiate unnecessary physical contact with children or do things of a personal nature that children can do for themselves.

• Enquiry about children/families’ contact details and develop ‘special’ relationships with specific children/families for your personal gains or your own needs

• Have contact with children/families outside of the MBL’s programs.

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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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