MBL invites you to take the “Books For Kids” trip to China!

MBL has set up the “Books For Kids” project to help adoptive families travel to China to find answers to their questions. Once registered, the MBL China Team will help you travel from your country to China. Thank you for joining us and for sharing this journey of love with MBL!

Key “Books For Kids” trip activities include (you can choose the activities you want to participate in):

  • Homestay with a local Chinese family.
  • Visiting local schools and taking part in classroom activities and other events.
  • With MBL volunteers, joining culture workshops at Special Needs Schools & Orphanages.
  • Travelling with MBL volunteers; travelling by train or local bus to impoverished villages and setting up MBL Children’s Libraries. (We encourage you to bring books you are willing to donate.)

Here is the schedule for the upcoming December trip: Er sucht Sie in Niedersachsen Application deadline: 10 Nov, 2016

(application of China visa documents will be supported by MBL China team)

              MBL volunteer home in Nanjing                   Dec/2016
Date Schedule details (MBL “Books for Kids” Project)
12 Dec

(Monday)

London flight to Shanghai/Nanjing
13 Dec

(Tuesday)

Arrival in Shanghai /Nanjing

Have a rest and familiar with the surrounding environment of host family

14 Dec

(Wednesday)

Ningxin sunshine homeland ( disability children orphanage)

AM: English lesson/read books/games with children/students there

PM: workshop or learn traditional handmade article with disability students

15 Dec

(Thursday)

Vistit one of school in Nanjing and experience the city students life

Volunteer work / Language learning in the afternoon

16 Dec

(Friday)

City tour

Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum

Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum is located in the Zhong Mountain Scenic Area in the east suburb of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province. As the mausoleum of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the father of the Republic of China, it is considered the Holy land of Chinese people both home and abroad. With deep historical significance, magnificent architecture and beautiful scenery

Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum

Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is one of the biggest imperial tombs in China. It lies in the eastern suburbs of Nanjing City at the southern foot of Zhongshan (Purple) Mountain. Emperor Chengzu, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Queen Ma were buried there.

The Confucius Temple is located on the busiest street in the entire southern part of Nanjing city. The Temple is over a thousand years old and was originally a place set aside to revere Confucius by offering sacrifices to his memory.

Zhonghua Gate 

The city wall of Nanjing was built from 1360 to 1386 under the founder of the Ming dynasty, the Hongwu Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. In 1368, Zhu Yuanzhang was crowned Emperor, and made Nanjing his capital. The southern and eastern sections of the old city wall from the Tang dynasty were incorporated into the new wall. The northern and eastern sections were built afresh. The city wall was 33.676 kilometres long.

17 Dec

(Sat)

Childrens’ Palace-Join different art class (two course) in the morning

Lunch at Children’s Palace

Join another different art class (two course) /reading club /volunteer work/ sports activities in the afternoon

18 Dec

(Sunday)

Nanjing flight to Chengdu  Flight around 2.5 hours

Chengdu to Junnian   Bus around 6 hours

Settled done at hotel and prepare materials

19 Dec

(Monday)

Build up MBL & CLC international library

Teaching local students English, activities with students and learning exchange with teachers

20 Dec

(Tuesday)

JunNian back to Chengdu (6 hours by Bus)

Stay one night in Chengdu

21 Dec

(Wednesday)

Chengdu flight to Nanjing (flight around 2.5 hours)

Have a rest day (Julie’s family would like to invite volunteer dinner together)

Farewell party with all friends in Nanjing and summary this MBL volunteer unforgettable experience.

***or CLC student flight from Chengdu to London, could have a rest day in Chengdu with some local visit, then take 22 Dec’s flight back home***

22 Dec

(Thursday)

Flight back to UK

If you’re interested, please contact Mrs ZHU Li

Tel: (+86 13905150047) 

Email: juliezhu34@hotmail.com 

Notes:

1/Homestay fee: £50/dayX9days=£450(including 3 meals)

2/ the above schedule not including international air tickets, china domestic flight, local transportation, trip highlight entrance fee and personal consumption.

3/ participants need to fill up the photo consent form

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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.

BOOKS FOR KIDS PROJECT

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

http://rencontrelibertins.fr/homme-cherche-femme-a-tongres-tongeren/ homme cherche femme a Tongres (Tongeren) To donate, please visit our Donate Page. Thank you!

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MBL Global Calendar: Sharing, Connecting, and Being involved

Global Calendar Art

Starting August 2016, we are implementing a new project called “MBL Global Calendar.” It features one or more countries each month, with latest news, photos, videos, policies, and other information relevant to adoption and cultural exchanges with China in those countries. It aims at connecting Chinese adoptees and adoptive families from all over the world. We would like to invite YOU to join MBL Global Calendar and to share news, photos, stories, your country’s cultural exchanges with China, and more!  

Here is our tentative calendar:

January: Norway/Sweden

February: Ireland/ Finland

March: Netherlands/Denmark

April: Spain/Portugal

May: France

June: Germany

July: India/Singapore

August: China

September: Unite Kingdom

October: Australia/ New Zealand

November: Unite State/ Canada

December: Brazil/South America

If you would like to volunteer for a particular month or country, please contact Chloe Young <chloe.young@hotmail.com>. We’d love to hear from you. Thank you!

( The art is “Let’s Spread Love All Over the World.”  © 2016 Maya Cedergren. Maya is 7, a second grader, half Chinese and half Swedish, and she lives in California. She loves reading and one of her wishes is that all the kids in the world can have their own libraries.)

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MBL Donates Books and Supplies to Schools in Daxueshan (Big Snow Mountains) Town

MBL Donates Books to School Libraries in Daxueshan TownBasic Information of Elementary Education in Daxueshan Town

General Introduction: one central school and four village schools

Jiefang Primary School (central one):431students(130 junior middle school students included)

Shilong Primary School:one class for each grade, all six classes comprising 160 students

Changyuan Primary School(Changyuan, Mei and Xue’s birth place):three classes consist of approximately 50 students and upper grade pupils will be transferred to Jiefang Primary School. The enrollment plan is subject to change.

Xueshan Primary School:there are up to 40 students of two classes,and the enrollment plan will be subject to change in light of actual situation.

Huaiping Primary School:30 plus students distributed in two classes.

In response to the government’s call for “compulsory establishment of primary school in a few miles around for every village”, the central school Jiefang Primary School was set up, coupled with other four village schools.Short of school-age children in small villages,some grades were even cancelled, so it’s not rare to find only three to four classes scattered in small village schools.

Donation Ceremony for Library, Stationeries and Heating Facilities 

On April 21, with the help of Jun Ai Volunteers Association, we drove two hours from Junlian county to Shilong Primary School in Daxueshan town.

Upon arriving there,we had a brief consultation with Principal Jiang. Shortly afterwards, the donation ceremony was held on the school playground.

Presided by Principal Jiang, the ceremony kicked off in front of the school assembly. I made a speech on behalf of all the MBL volunteers, in which I gave an outline of this international charity organization MBL and the purpose of our trip here.The donation ceremony concluded with the speech from Mr.Barry Coates and Ms. Rosaland Coates who are the representatives of our philanthropic families.Zhao, vice president of Jun Ai Volunteers Association, and the local manager of China Unicom also made their speech.

After the ceremony, it was time to hand out the stationeries to the children. There are approximately 160 students on the campus, the number of which is twice as many as that of the donated school bags. After careful calculation and a short discussion,we finally decided to grant those bags to lower grades pupils while grades 4-6 were arranged by teachers to go back to classrooms for self-study.

For lack of school bags, three to four students’ share was replaced by other exquisite study articles.Except for them,the majority of grades 1-3students got a set of stationery( a school bag, a pencil-box and color pencils  ) each. We’ve tried to make everyone happy.

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Rules for Library Use

On April 21,we officially donated the library to Shilong Primary School, and the donated books aggregated 900 along with a certain number of study articles, sports equipment and heating facilities.

The library lies right in the reading room of Shilong Primary School,decorated with three sides of book shelves.

For the sake of book storage and preservation as well as the limited space,rules for library use have been set by us and the teachers there after several rounds of discussion.

  1. No books are allowed to be taken out of the reading room.

Borrowing services are temporarily unavailable;

  1. The library opens 40 minutes per noon time from Monday to Friday;
  2. The six classes have been divided into five groups. Each group, led by a group leader, rotates the reading activity.

The On-going Interest-oriented Classes

One the morning of April 22, Coates conducted two interest-oriented English classes for grade 3 and 4 respectively. Ros, with the help of her daughter Mei, taught grade four children how to introduce themselves and how to introduce each other; Barry’s class, with the help of his daughter Snow, was aiming to familiarize the third grade children with the pronunciation of English numbers.

Ros and Barry are very good teachers and are fairly experienced in arousing the enthusiasm of the children as much as possible,though sometimes they can be rather shy. Our feeling is: although the children have an English class and can follow the textbook, the content of it is too obscure and “too hard” for them to comprehend; therefore, the learned knowledge has barely left any impression to the students, not even to mention reading after it.Worse still, some of the entry level content, as simple as the basic sentences for self-introduction, is not yet fully understood by them. However,the most meaningful part of English education at elementary level is probably to lay a solid foundation and encourage the children to open their mouths.

Shilong Primary School, according to my personal observation, is just like many other village schools, in which a teacher has to teach more than one subject.This situation reminds me of the days when I went to elementary school. Ten years ago, my math teacher had to manage teaching science and art. Some teachers at Shilong Primary School today are still undertaking the tasks of teaching minor subjects besides Chinese and mathematics while such an important subject as English is being ignored.There is a professional English teacher at that school whose good command of English has been proven through his interaction with Barry. But as far as I know, teachers of other subjects may assume the role of teaching English to some lower grades and it is still arguable as to whether these teachers themselves are competent enough in English language.

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Accommodation of Shilong Primary School

Shilong Primary School spared three bedrooms in teachers’ dormitory for us six. These”mountain view rooms”amazed us with their private bathrooms, king-size beds and nice view. We are very grateful to this.

Shilong Primary School, in addition, treated us to varied and rich meals in teachers’ cafeteria even when their own teachers only ate lunch there. That means the cooks had to work extra hours for our breakfast and dinner, for which we feel indebted to them even to think of it today.

The teachers in the dormitory are all very hospitable and caring. To take Mr. Wang for an example, he invited us to use his shower room when hot water is in short supply in our rooms. Wang’s son is a student of that school, so the Wangs live together in teachers’ dorm. They take it as their makeshift home furnished with kitchen, television, bathroom, and Wi-Fi, to just name a few.Our life there has benefited a lot from that.

Another neighbor Ms. Cao bought us a sack of apples at her own expense, and reassured us to help ourselves to the apples. She is very talkative and always wears an agreeable smile.In spite of her broken English, she tried to chat with Coates and his families.During those days, I often played the role of her translator.

Also, there was a very young teacher, gentle and well dressed. To our surprise, she is said to have come from the city. Cao commended that village schools nowadays offer handsome salary and provide accommodation, which have attracted quite a number of young graduates from the city to work there.

Follow-up Charity Activities 

While doing volunteer work, we discussed with Wen Tao, the president of Jun Ai Volunteers Association, and Jiang,the principal of Shilong Primary School, about the local education at the elementary level as well as the follow-up charity work that we can expect.

Principal Jiang suggested that it is the basic resources like books that are needed at present since the local schools are undergoing a dramatic change in their facilities and environment as a whole, and thus the hardware equipment cannot be a problem. Concerning with the growing demand for extracurricular books,however,Jiang told me schools have reported that to the local Education Bureau and were awaiting the feedback and more details.

Meanwhile,Wen Tao held a different view that extracurricular books are not as urgent as electronic equipment related to computerization because children in the mountain areas can be connected with the outside world simply by a network cable and learning how to operate a  computer is also an essential survival skill for them.

There are currently two networked computers in Shilong Primary School, both installed in the teachers’ office for teaching purpose.My suggestion is that it would be beneficial even if a limited number of student use computers could be in place so that the students could take turns to use them under teacher’s guidance or learn these skills on computer courses.Of course information-filtering system deserves more attention in this case. In addition, if the classrooms could be equipped with television sets, then interesting documentaries for teenagers such as historical or nature ones made by BBC can yet be regarded as an excellent means of popularizing science and information.

             Reported by Zhu Jiayi (MBL volunteer)

Translation by Song Xiaotao (MBL volunteer) on June 30, 2016

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A letter from Xinran: New Projects, New Teams

Volunteer Trainings in London

Dear MBLers and friends:

Please allow me to invite you to celebrate MBL’s 12th Birthday in August 2016 with us!

Since MBL’s birth on 18th August 2004, we, with passion and love, have been working hard on building the bridges between birth culture and adoptive culture, between poor and rich, and between China and the rest of the world. 

Over 1,000 volunteers across 15 countries have joined us to share the same goal

  • MBL has reached 27 countries where over 150,000 Chinese children have been adopted 
  • MBL has built 19 MBL school libraries in poor areas of China and has contributed to 3 schools for Tibetan, Muslim and migrant children in China.
  • MBL has hosted or been involved in over 100 culture events for adoptive families, schools, and Chinese communities in The UK, The U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Netherlands, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, and Ireland.     

I wish I could have included all of what MBL has done in our report to you, but that would have made it too long to post here! These select photos may help you understand who we are and what we have done in the past 12 years. I am sure many MBL volunteers can find themselves in thosehistorical moments!

After ten years of learning and exploring, we have set up Books for Kids in 2015 to help adoptive families build ‘a short cut’ between loving parents and adopted children.  Please check out the Ongoing Projects page on our website to read the moving letter from a New Zealand family. The adoptive parents have found the birth family for their adopted twins from Sichuan through Books for Kids!

Starting this month, August 2016, also MBL’s birth month, we are implementing a new project called “MBL Global Calendar.” It features one or more countries each month, with latest news, photos, videos, policies, and other information relevant to adoption and cultural exchanges with China in those countries. It aims at connecting Chinese adoptees and adoptive families from all over the world. We would like to invite YOU to join ‘MBL Global Calendar’ and to share news, photos, stories, your country’s cultural exchanges with China, and more!  

MBL’s website now has a new team leader, American-based Chinese author Fan WU. Her critically acclaimed books, “February Flowers” and “Beautiful as Yesterday,” tell stories about today’s China and the Chinese people.

Here is our “drafted idea” for “MBL Global Calendar”, please feel free to advise us!

January: Norway/Sweden

February: Ireland/ Finland

March: Netherlands/Denmark

April: Spain/Portugal

May: France

June: Germany

July: India/Singapore

August: China

September: Unite Kingdom

October: Australia/ New Zealand

November: Unite State/ Canada

December: Brazil/South America

We’re starting “MBL Global Calendar” from this August, and it’ll be about China! MBL head office and China Volunteer center will be sharing a lot of latest information about China with you. I hope you will enjoy reading it and will join us to build the Calendar!

With MBL’s new initiatives and developments, we need more help from you, from our talented and passionate volunteers. Please consider joining the teams below.

1) Website team We need more researchers, content managers, and IT experts ( please contact Fan WU<sailingwu@gmail.com> )

2) China Volunteer Center We need more support for Books for Kids ( please contact Li Zhu <juliezhu34@hotmail.com>)

3) The UK team, We need more volunteers for Spring/Autumn events with V&A children museum and CACH event in March. ( Please contact Chloe Young <chloe.young@hotmail.com> )

We need YOU! Chinese children need YOU! China needs YOU!

Thank YOU for your sharing and support!

MBL won’t have a bright future without YOUR contribution!

THANK YOU!

Xinran

Founder of MBL

Culture adviser of BBC World Servers

Author of The Good Women of China, Sky Burial, The Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, China Witness, Buy Me the Sky 

 

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MBL sponsor Mr. William Franklin takes month in china to understand and support MBL Cause

It was a warm yet clear morning in May…”I am going to be in Beijing for the whole of August and I wondered if I could help MBL by taking out some books or other materials?” Surrounded by Chinese ceramics and seated in the oak-panelled club lounge of the China Investors Club’s head office in the City of London, William Franklin was speaking to the elegantly dressed Xiaoli about his up coming visit. William, the Founder of the China Investors Club had been a supporter of MBL since February 2015. Both he and Xiaoli were passionate about the helping MBL to help Chinese orphans and ‘left-behind’ children by building libraries. These libraries are to provide an educational environment as well as offer each child the chance to ‘escape’ into the magical world of reading where you can be instantly take yourself to another time, place or world.

五月,一个温暖的早晨。 “我打算一整个8月都呆在北京,不知我这次前去能否帮助MBL(Mothers bridge of love)带一点书籍给你们正在筹建的图书馆项目?” 身为中英投资俱乐部(CIC)成立者之一的William Franklin 如上所说,诚恳的表示他对母爱桥工作的支持。那天,母爱桥伦敦负责人肖莉女士身穿优雅的短裙,William和她坐在CIC(China Investor Club) 伦敦办事处里边嵌满橡木的咖啡厅里进行了短暂会面,并交流了下接下来去北京的行程。 William 作为CIC 的成立人员之一,自今年2月以来一直是MBL活动的支持者。他和肖莉同样也对贫困地区的图书馆建设充满了热情,此次北京之旅,带去的图书将成为输往贫困地区图书馆建设的一部分资源,提供给每一个孩童发现另外一个世界的机会。

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The Handover

A few short weeks later, William and Xiaoli arranged to meet as a package of children’s books had been prepared. The meeting took place in the same luxury surroundings of the China Investors Club and the moment was captured by an MBL volunteer called Chloe. While William joked that he would have to pack another suitcase in order to transport the vast quantities of brand new books to Beijing and onwards to Nanjing. The books had come from the energetic efforts of MBL volunteers during the London Book Fair in April 2015 who went round all the publishers at the end of the exhibition and asked for donations. On behalf of all those generous companies and individuals that donated the books and the team that collected them, thank you very much.

移交

几周之后,William 和肖莉安排了一次书本移交会晤,地点选在了布置高雅的CIC伦敦总部,正式开始了CIC 与MBL 的慈善援助,同时到场的还有MBL 的志愿者-Chloe. 当时William他开玩笑的说他也许需要一个新的旅行箱重新装载如此浩大的书本数量从北京一直运送到到南京。这些书本均来自2015年4月 举办的伦敦书展由热情的志愿者们向各个参展商索要而来,在此MBL 深深向所有参与捐赠的书本厂商表示深深地敬意

The Visit

After an overnight stay in Shanghai, William took the 07:05 fast train on Sunday 16th August to Nanjing.  Coming out of the North entrance of the station, William took in the vast uncluttered view of Nanjing on a quiet Sunday morning and then saw the unbounded bubbly enthusiasm of Frank coming to greet him. While William and Frank both realised that their respective fluency of Chinese/English may present a small issue, the power of a smile, positive personalities and Pleko translator meant the two of them got on like a house on fire.

The first stop of the day was at the Nanjing Qinhuai District Children’s Palace where Zhuli greeted us for a tour of the facilities. Even though the students were not in class, it gave William the chance to see the facilities including the playgrounds, dance and music studios, calligraphy and art rooms and most important of all, the dedicated MBL centre. The brilliance of the flags from all nations, the postcards from around the world and at the entrance the Tree of Supporters that I was lucky enough to have the chance to support all gave a warm and cared for feeling. Next time William comes to Nanjing he is looking forward to reading to the class of children from one of the books he brought from England.

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在上海过了一夜,8月16号这天William 赶着7点05分的快车从上海到了南京。从北站出来后,William 拍了张静而美的南京清晨照,正在此时,他望见热情洋溢的frank 正向他走来并向他大声打招呼。然而,他们彼此发现语言上并未能如愿的畅通交流,但是微笑的力量和乐观积极的性格让同行的翻译Pleko觉得他们其实在精神上已经聊得火热了。

当天首要的事情就是去南京秦淮区儿童之家参观,接待William的是朱莉,当时学生不在学校,她带着他参观了多种校资设备,包括了教室,操场,舞蹈音乐教室,书法和艺术教室,以及此次前来的重点MBL中心。在母爱桥南京中心, 无数鲜艳的各国国旗和来自五湖四海的明信片陈列在会展展厅,门口由母爱桥爱心人士一首“栽培”的爱心之树让William新生敬意,下一次到南京, William已经做好了打算下次要在课堂上给当地的孩子们读一本他从英国带过来的图书。

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The Interview

Zhuli, Frank and William then went to the small but well equipped MBL offices. Surrounded by mountains of books already packaged and ready for delivery to two MBL libraries, William formally handed over the books to Zhuli and Frank. He also handed over a special gift from London which was a print from 1830 representing an orphans hospital in Westminster which shows that irrespective of time and place, both the UK and China care about their children. Frank then handed William a gift of Chinese tea that was very well received.

After this exchange of gifts, Frank treated William to a traditional meal of Nanjing noodles and Nanjing dumplings. Delicious once William learnt how to eat them without causing a mess!

On returning to the MBL office we were then joined by Fiona and YaWei who proceeded to interview William about his involvement with MBL and his views on China during his trip. He then took part in placing official MBL stamps on the books before they were packed up for shipping to the rural libraries. They were then kind enough then to take William to the Nanjing museum that remembered all those that lost their lives in 1937. A very moving experience for all of us which reminded all of us about the sanctity of life. In order to show the other side of Nanjing, William was then taken to a traditional weekend festival where we enjoyed a very un-traditional sport of pillow fighting. Fiona, YaWei and William made such an impression to the organisers they were even captured by the official photographer and posted up onto the main promoters website.

会面

朱莉,Frank和William 来到了精致玲珑的MBL小屋,里面已经堆积如山地放置了来自世界各地的捐赠书籍。 William在这里正式将远从英国带来的书本交给了朱莉和Frank, 同时William 还附赠了一份来自伦敦特殊的礼物,这是一张1830年的复印图片,画面上是威斯敏斯特孤儿院今夕的对比图,以及中英两国母亲对各自孩童的关爱,同样地,处于礼尚往来的习俗,Frank也还礼给William一份上好的中国茶叶。

在交换完礼物后,Frank 请William 下馆子吃了一次正宗的南京拉面和南京饺子,美味的当地特色让William赞不绝口,同时也让William学会了如何才能干净利索的把饺子吃干净。

饭后,回到MBL办公场所,同样作为MBL 志愿者的Fiona 和雅维邀请了William进行了简短的见面聊天聊解下此次中国访问的行程,随后,他和其他志愿者工作者一样,将MBL印章盖印在每本送往图书馆的书册里面。 接下去的行程,志愿者们还带着William到了南京博物馆去参观1937年迷失的南京记忆。具William自己描述,这是一段印象深刻的回忆,让我们知道了生命是不可侵犯的。 为了体验出不一样的南京风貌,William还受邀参加了传统的周末活动-枕头大战。这次的活动留给在场的Fiona, 雅维和William一个深刻的记忆,活动现场的图片也被摄影师抓拍下来并放在了活动官网。

The journey home

After a long day and incredible hospitality, the final act of kindness came when Frank drove William all the way to the airport for the flight back to Beijing. During the drive, Frank was able to explain the valuable work MBL had done in reuniting families from the West with the biological parents in China. While this service is not the core of MBL’s work, by showing care and compassion, all of those involved in the extended family were able to come together and share in the joy of a child growing into a happy and successful young adult. Frank also shared his vision for the next stage in the growth of MBL and will be sharing his plans over the coming months.

回乡之旅

漫长的一天即将结束,受到热情款待的William 被frank 开车送往机场,赶赴接下来在北京的行程,在此匆忙结束了短暂的南京之旅。一路上,frank向William诉说了MBL 之前所做的伟大工作,其中包括了帮助西方领养家庭的中国孩童找到在中国的亲生父母。 然而MBL 的核心工作并不仅仅是怜爱和关怀收养儿童,从长远的角度上讲,MBL 通过两个家庭的结合提供收养孩童一个美妙的记忆,帮助他们更健康快乐的成长。 最后Frank和William分享了就MBL未来的发展计划。

Epilogue

William’s visit to Nanjing reinforced his support for MBL and the work going on both in China as well as in the UK. He learnt that packs of up to 8 books can be sent to Zhuli in Nanjing where they can be sent onto the schools. There is also the possibility that as new MBL libraries open up in China that exchange trips can be made with English schools to spread the work already started. The importance the Chinese government place on looking after their children is commendable and so if MBL can complement this programme in a localised way then the future certainly looks brighter for all those children left without the direct care of their parents and families.

结语

William参观了南京之后更加坚定了对MBL工作的支持和侧重于中英两国之间的商贸往来。他在南京MBL分部学会了装订和打包送往图书馆的书籍,并有意向建立中英两校之间的友好交流。中国政府对贫困区的图书馆建立表示了重视并付诸实践让母爱桥的项目得以顺利进行,为此,William表示高度欣赏,并对未来母爱桥的慈善事业表示看好。

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MBL “Books For Kids” Project!

http://incontri-live.it/donna-cerca-donna-bologna/ donna cerca donna Bologna BOOKS FOR KIDS

(Chinese version can be found中文版介绍请点击这里 HERE)

For Adoptive Families, please click http://nuovoincontro.it/donna-cerca-uomo-afragola/ donna cerca uomo Afragola HERE

In the past 10 years, MBL has provided assistance, advice and educational activities to families around the world, has provided medical treatment support to disabled orphans, and has supported a number of disaster relief and educational projects in China, including setting up 14 children libraries in China, including Tibetan and Muslim minorities schools, migrant workers children schools, and some rural schools, which were suffered from 2008 and 2012 earthquake in Sichuan mountain areas (please click HERE).

MBL “Books For Kids” is a on-going project aims to build up children libraries at poor countryside schools and orphanages in China. From 2015, MBL plans to build more children libraries in villages in Jiangsu, Yunnan, Gansu, Sichuan, and other provinces in China. The financial support for every 2 libraries (reading rooms) will be around £7k-£8k (depends on the local condition and transportation), which will also cover some administration costs.

We welcome people to raise funds for MBL “Books For Kids” project, and participate at some Key activities of “Books For Kids” including:
— 3-5 days with a local Chinese family; visiting local schools and MBL Children Culture Centre and taking part in classroom activities and other events
— 1-2 days with MBL volunteers; joining culture workshops at Special Needs Schools & Orphanages
— 3-5 days travel with MBL volunteers; travelling by train or local bus to impoverished villages/orphanages and joining Pre-Donation Assessment, Attending Donation Day, or participating Post-Donation Visits at MBL Children’s Libraries.

NB: We encourage you to bring books you are willing to donate.

 

No enough tables and chairs…Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 21.29.09

 

 

“School” like this still exits in poor villages in nowadays China…school in poor village

 

Volunteers and local peole are building the shelves and separate the books with different subjects and grades…Screen Shot 2015-05-11 at 21.30.15

 

Activities’ timings and approximate dates:

Easter (code par søker par i Halden B4KE2016) and X’mas (code http://dk.hourdate.com/par-sger-par-i-ikast/ par søger par I Ikast B4KX2015/16)
(2 trips per year, each trip lasts approximately 10-14 days):
Location: In 2015/2016, projects will take place in Jiangsu, Yunnan, Gansu and Sichuan

Deadline for Registration: th
-Code B4KX2015 close time 15th Oct 2015

-Code B4KE2016 close time 15th Jan 2016

-Code B4KX2016 close time 15 Oct 2016

 

MBL Team Leader “ mann søker kvinne i Sortland Books For Kids” MBL Volunteer Home
Room 201, 2nd Floor, Building 8
No1 Guanghua East Street

Qinhuai District
Nanjing City
P.R. China
Post Code: 210007
Ms ZHU Li: juliezhu34@hotmail.com

Mobile:+86 13905150047

 

NB: If you would like to invite Chinese families and schools to visit your country, please contact MBL London Head Office! headoffice@mothersbridge.org.
Head Office: 9 Orme Court, London W2 4RL, UK

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Messages from Adoptive Families

Here in MBL, we welcome you to send through your message to your unknown Chinese mothers and your Chinese children’s birth parents. With your requests, MBL will help you to translate your message into Chinese and publish them on Chinese website/newspaper/magazines… Those Chinese mothers may not use internet or are not able to read at all…but we believe as long as we try, one day those Chinese mothers will hear something and they will be so thankful when they know that baby children are so much loved and healthly and happily growing up.

Meanwhile, we welcome you to share your own storyes with our adoptive families here… MBL is a blue sky for people to know each other, to sharing between each other, and to learn from each other! 

Messages from Adoptive Parents

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Fundraising Challenge Events in rural area in China & MBL Culture Trip in Nanjing, China

Challenge yourself to participate one of our outdoor adventure events/activities and meanwhile to raise funds for MBL projects for disadvantaged children in rural countryside in China!

After Wenchuan earthquick in Sichuan province, MBL donated 8 school libraries ( Paar sucht Paar in Herisau http://www.mothersbridge.org/general/picture-book-donation-drive/) as our support to those children who were affected and suffered from this tragedy.

We would like to introduce this fundraising trek event to you in Ya’an, Sichuan Province, China, please click http://site-rencontres.fr/femme-cherche-homme-a-tournai/ femme cherche homme a Tournai HERE – man söker kvinna i Båstad “Ya’an Trek 4 MBL”. Join in us to challenge yourself by treking around mountain aeas in beautiful Ya’an and meanwhile to visit MBL school libraries hidden inbettwen the mountains. What you’re doing will bring more books to those poor children and your generous giving will make real change to many children’ live from county to  county, from village to village!

***We aim to organize this charity trekking event every month apart from June/July/August/September (raining seasons), neither January/February(Chinese Spring Festival). We also have to make sure evenry time there will be at least 8 participants, otherwise the event will be cancelled according to the costing issues*** 

Meanwhile, MBL is raising more moeny for school libraries in rural countryside in China (MBL Library Project 2014 Gansu, China…with more information will be added soon) and please make donation via: http://www.mothersbridge.org/donate/.

 

MBL Culture Trip in Nanjing

This wonderful Trip involves historical sightseeing and visiting MBL Children Culture Centre in Nanjing, where participants including Chinese adoptees and people who are interested in Chinese languang and Chinese culture…could attend some very interesting Chinese culture workshops and activities. There will be some chances to visit local orphanages, special needs schools, or social welfare institutes. This is a maximium 2-weeks trip and could happen anytime during the year. And please let us know at least 1.5 months in advance, so MBL could contact our counter parties in China to check the updated information and details for this trip.

More Trip details please click here: MBL Culture Trip in Nanjing

 

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