The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL) is a charity which was founded in the UK in 2004 with charity registration number 1105543 by Xinran, a columnist for the Guardian Newspaper and author of books such as The Good Women of China and Sky Burial and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother. Xinran is supported by the Trustees, Toby Eady, Ching-He Huang, and Jeremy Gordon, and Head Office XIAO Li as well as a team of volunteers. MBL Volunteer Home is in Nanjing, China.
We are 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.
MBL Head Office is based in London, where we deal with communication, fundraising, and the management and coordination of our projects. MBL also has links with Nanjing that includes an Art and Music centre (Nanjing Baixia District Children’s Palace) where children can learn about those particular aspects of Chinese culture. We have also coordinated a travel assistance program out of Nanjing, which allowed Chinese children who have grown up abroad and their parents to become more familiar with the real China, the countryside, where most of the adopted children were born.
As a charity, we believe strongly in developing projects which can help us achieve our mission. Three projects we have supported include: the Support Chinese Children Project, which we have used to help disabled children in China; our Children’s Journal Project, which we plan to sell in more than 27 countries around the world as a cultural and educational tool; and our Art Exhibitions Project, which took place in London. The exhibitions are an opportunity to promote young Chinese talents, Chinese culture in the West, and to create funds for MBL.
Copyright notice: The image in the banner is by kind permission of the illustrator Josee Masse, and the publisher Barefoot Books. The illustration is taken from the book, Motherbridge of Love.