Happy 14th birthday, MBL!

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Birthday, MBL!

2017年8月18日,是母爱桥(MBL)14岁生日。

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

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

 

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pénisszel növelés otthon 携手海内外共同捐建“MBL国际儿童图书馆”

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

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

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

江苏省灌云县图河乡海宁小学

江苏省灌云县图河乡大全小学

云南省大理州云龙县宝丰完小

四川省宜宾市筠连县联合乡红春村社红春小学;

四川省宜宾市筠连县大雪山镇解放石龙小学;

四川省宜宾市珙县沐滩镇共和小学

江西省上饶县黄沙岭乡管山小学

江西省上饶县黄沙岭乡中心小学

 

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ormone che fa crescere il seno 感谢您与母爱桥同行!

千万个小读者因您的爱心奉献而绽放笑容!

 

捐助请联系以下地址:

母爱桥MBL伦敦总部办公室

9 Orme Court

London W2 4RL,UK

Index

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

母爱桥“BOOKS FORKIDS”项目中国团队

母爱桥中国志愿者之家

母爱桥南京志愿者中心(中英桥文化教育)

中国南京市苜蓿园大街67号H栋3楼

电话:0086 25 84580882

母爱桥MBL国际文化慈善机构

生与养文化交流之桥

东西方文化理解之桥

贫与富文化互助之桥

The Mothers’ Bridge of Love

Charity Registration No. 1105543

www.mothersbridge.org

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

India

Child Adoption (The Times of India)

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

No ‘pick and choose’ for couples opting for adoption

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

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

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

25 Factors To Consider When Adopting From India

Singapore 

Adopting a child in Singapore: 9 things to note

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

Want to adopt a child in Singapore?

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

Why is it more difficult to adopt now?

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

Vietnam

Vietnam (Intercountry Adoption)

Vietnam adoption – Holt International Adoption Agency 

Vietnam Adoption requirements

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

Vietnam issues decree on new child adoption fees

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

Philippines

Philippines – Intercountry adoption

International adoption from Philippines

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

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

5 Reasons to Adopt from the Philippines

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WenLin Chinese School Charity Garden Party in support of MBL

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

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

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

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

FAQs

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

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

  • What can I bring to the event?

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

  • How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

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

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

No, digital ticket will be fine.

  • Can I update my registration information?

Yes.

  • Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes.

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

Yes.

DATE AND TIME

Sat, July 1, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM BST

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LOCATION

WenLin Chinese School

Chestnut Grove Academy

45 Chestnut Grove

London

SW12 8JZ

United Kingdom

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REFUND POLICY

Refunds up to 7 days before event

Wenlin

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Chinese Culture brought to life for Year 7

Chinese Culture brought to life for Year 7

15th June 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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Adoption News in France and Chinese Students there

Intercountry Adoption – U.S Department of State

Conditions for adoption in France

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

Overview of French Adoption Law

Chinese Students in France 

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

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

Chinese students flock to France to learn secrets of winemaking

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

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Happy Mother’s Day from Xinran and more MBLers!

When Chinese Culture Revolution first broke out, I was seven and a half years old. One day, my neighbour, a young mother to a three years old daughter, received nightmarish news — her thirty-two years old husband had been tortured to death by a group of teenager Red Guards. That night she told her daughter a story, a story that I’ll remember forever.

Here is the story: A baby caterpillar asked her mother why she had never seen her dad. The mother said that when the baby was still sleeping in her belly, her dad was working hard to grow wings in a little house. When the baby was born, daddy became a beautiful butterfly. “If you want to see dad, you must sleep well, eat well and study hard, then someday you will grow beautiful wings that will take you to see him,” the mother said to the baby caterpillar.

From then on, my neighbor’s daughter often asked me if my father had also turned into a butterfly. At that time, I, along with 13 other “political orphans,” had no father.

I often think of my neighbor, the mother who endured so much hardship for her daughter. …Heartfelt thanks to our mothers for being a love bridge between life, families, generations, and cultures!

Happy Mother’s Day!

来自欣然的祝福及一个中国妈妈的故事:

中国文化大革命爆发时,我只有7岁半。我有一位邻居,是一位年轻的母亲,她的女儿只有三岁。一天,她得到一个噩耗,她32岁的丈夫被一群十几岁的红卫兵折磨死了……那天夜里,她给女儿讲的故事飘进了我永远的记忆……

一只小毛毛虫问妈妈,她怎么没有见过爸爸。妈妈说,在宝宝睡在妈妈肚子里的时候,爸爸在一个小时房子里努力长翅膀,当宝宝出生后,爸爸就化成了有着美丽翅膀的蝴蝶。要是你想见爸爸,就要好好睡觉吃饭学习,那样就可长出美丽的翅膀,去见爸爸了……

从此,我那个小邻居便常常问我,你的爸爸也化作蝴蝶了吧?那时,我与其他13个政治孤儿都没有父亲。

我常常想到那位母亲,难以想象她是如何为了心爱的女儿忍辱负重的…

敬祝每一位母亲安康如愿!

感谢母亲在我们的生命中犹如一座爱桥,为我们传承生命,融合家庭,传递文化!

— Xinran (UK)

 

Mama is my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. Happy Mother’s Day!

— Julie Zhu (China)

 

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I didn’t know what being a mother means until I became a mother myself. When my daughter was born prematurely and had to be in the NICU for three weeks, my mother called me from China and told me to take care of myself. “You need to be happy, healthy and strong for your newborn and your family,” she said.

Now I’m a mother of two children. Whenever I feel stressed, frustrated or exhausted, I think of my mother. How she raised five children on a remote state-run farm, where she, as a biologist, had to endure family tragedy, physical labor as well as political persecution. How she made clothes and shoes for my brothers and me after a long day of work, and how she brightened our shabby apartment with beautiful songs on her four-string lute (月琴), which she had played since a young age.

Later my mother returned to the city to be a librarian. In the evenings, when my brothers and I were doing homework, she would teach herself English. “If you keep learning, you will never grow old,” she once said to me. After retirement, she took up Chinese water-and-ink painting (水墨画) and, with passion and devotion, transformed herself into an artist. She still paints several hours every day.

My mother has taught me about industriousness, integrity, perseverance, and most importantly, love. The love of who you are. The love of learning. The love of life. Thank you, Mama.

Happy Mother’s Day!

— Fan Wu (U.S.A)

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每次要提到我的母亲, 我眼前就有这样一个情景出现:

我小的时候家里用的还是铁锅柴灶.  记得有一天我坐在灶前要帮妈妈烧火做饭. 我一个劲的往灶里加柴, 好好的火苗很快成了烟雾, 正在炒菜的妈妈弯下腰拿过我手中的火钳在灶里左右上下晃动着把火中心掏得空空的,很快的那火焰就蹭蹭的开始往上冲, 再把火钳递给回我说; “你看, 火要空心,人要忠心. 你对妈妈一定要忠心, 要做一个诚实有爱心的娃儿哈!”

4,5岁的我好像都不明白什么是忠心, 但我明白这诚实的娃儿就是不撒谎, 爱心就是对人好. 从那一时刻我学会了怎么样架柴烧火.

每一个母亲都是一个伟大的艺术家, 用心尽力的雕塑创作我们一生的作品—我们的孩子. 母亲节快乐!

— Lin Ping (UK)

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Maya Cedergren, 8

I find this intresting sentence from a book that I’m reading at the moment which can be use for Mother’s Day : “The only woman I ever loved was another man’s wife …… my mother!”
— Thibault Marcellin (France)
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今年的母亲节,我在美国妈妈在中国。昨天在妈妈不知情的情况下,我让闺蜜给她买了一束花送到了家里。收到花的妈妈开心得像个孩子,赶紧洗净一个花瓶把花养了起来,还发到家庭群“炫耀”了一番。来美国快一年了,最大的感受应该就是生活的矛盾性吧。有时为了继续前行,我们不得不减少陪伴家人的时间。而家人却始终在那里,不关心你飞得高不高,只关心你飞得累不累。祝天下的妈妈母亲节快乐,身体健康,青春永驻!
This year’s Mother’s Day, I am in the United States while my mother is in China. Yesterday, without telling my mother in advance, I asked one of my best friends in China to buy a  bouquet of flowers to my mom on behalf of me to give her a surprise. When receiving the flowers, my mom was greatly excited and immediately cleaned a vase and put the flowers in it, and even took a picture and sent it to our family chatting group to “show off”. I’ve been the United States for almost one year, and felt it deep that life is always contradictory. Sometimes when you want to move forward, you have to sacrifice the time that you should accompany you family. But even so, families are always there. They don’t care if you are successful or not, but if you are tired or not. Best wishes to all the mothers around the world! Happy Mother’s Day!
— Katherine Lu (U.S.A)
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Thank you to my best love — my mother! You make me feel not alone when I am away from you and your encouragement makes me stronger. Happy Mother’s Day.
— Chloe (China)
20多年前,20几岁的你生下了我,从妙龄少女变做超人妈妈。超人妈妈上得厅堂,下得厨房,换得了灯泡,斗得过小强,一切只为我的成长保驾护航。如今,我长大成人飞出温室,你又从超人辣妈转变成欢乐小老太太,和你的老头一起看山看水,重温那段为人母前的蜜月时光。你有时埋怨说我离你太远,赌气说爱你的老头比爱我多,可还是会转发我所在城市的天气和新闻,提醒我加减衣物,注意安全。在你眼里,我始终是个没长大的孩子。
亲爱的妈妈,母亲节快乐,感谢你的付出与辛劳!也祝愿全天下的母亲幸福安康,你们是世界上最可爱的人!
— Lena Bingliang (U.S.A)
今年的母亲节,我在伦敦,妈妈在江苏老家,万里之遥。

想起4年前父母一起过70岁生日,都是妈妈一手操办。她把小时候的玩伴当时在叫做“大队”和“生产队”里的好友都请了过来,还安排了接送的面包车。父母商量,宴席不叫喜宴不叫寿宴,妈妈叫人在横幅上写着:七十岁答谢宴,她在致辞中感恩兄弟姐妹和乡亲在她忙于工作的时候帮着照顾家庭和孩子。看到酒店里19桌客人我是真心敬佩:她迎接、寒暄每一拨客人,没到的还电话联系,问人家到哪里了;率领我们姐弟到每一桌前向亲朋致谢;最后坚持自己给每一桌每一家发寿桃和寿面;最后,再站到门口送别。当然,这并不包括她为这一天所作的所有准备。年轻的我们在外地工作,没给她帮上什么忙,惭愧哦。她说:你们回来妈妈就最开心了。

她感恩于生活,以达观作为对岁月的回报,而且70多岁仍然充满热情,事必躬亲,我希望她还有这样的80、90岁喜宴。

我的超级妈妈!

— Red 红艳 (UK)

Featured art: Maya Cedergren, 8, U.S.A 
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MBL strengthens Its cultural impact in 2017

After more than 10 years of research, exploration and action, MBL continues strengthening its cultural impact. It’s a bridge of communication between birth and adoptive culture, of understanding between East and West, and of support between rich and poor.

Please take a look at MBL’s latest summary. Thank you very much for your love, support, and participation!

MBL 2017 Presentation

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Adoption related information in Germany & Chinese students in Germany

Overview of German Adoption Law

Overwhelmed By Thousands Of Refugee Children Traveling Alone, Europe Considers Adoption

“As the number of unaccompanied minors increases across Europe, governments are discussing new ways of responding to the crisis to ease the steep costs of housing them. One suggestion was to fast-track refugee children into the foster and adoption systems. In Germany, officials said the government has already started processing some unaccompanied minors for adoption.”

Chinese Students in Germany

Why Chinese Students are Flocking to Germany

“Not all of the Chinese enrolled at German universities are geniuses. There are the high flyers, but there are also problem cases. According to the association of nine technical universities, TU9, the Chinese students are as varied as the German ones.”

Chinese in east Germany don’t see bias in Dessau murder

“The murder of a Chinese university student has shocked locals in the eastern German town of Dessau. Amid reports of growing xenophobia, DW’s Kate Brady headed east to talk to the region’s Chinese population.”

 

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