Happy Thanksgiving!

From Xinran, MBL founder:

亲爱的MBL 朋友们,

Xinran 在此向您问候, 祝您感恩节快乐!

2020 肆虐全世界的Covid19 改写了众多生命的历程。 然而我们是幸运的感恩我们都还活着感恩我们的家人和亲友在与我们一起相伴抗疫感恩文化的交流和人类的互助没有被病魔摧毁

在此我特别要感恩母爱桥的志愿者和支持者们谢谢您在疫情面前的自立自强与母爱桥一起

继续支助着世界各地领养中国孩子的家庭帮助养父母理解成长中养子女对中文化差异的解读和理解;

继续关注着身边的中国留学生帮助他们走出成长的烦恼,解答初入社会独立生存的困惑;

继续支持着母爱桥B4K在中国乡村创建图书馆的项目帮助疫情中的儿童在书中认知世界

2020年的大流行疫情令我们每个人都经历着生死的音讯和感悟,MBL的亲友中既有从此安息的家人也有新生命的孕育诞生。母爱桥也在疫情中历练和更新换代期待重生的网站能够为您亲情和事业的需求提供更加贴切的志愿服务为您在中西之间的未来中搭建更务实快捷的立交桥

2020年即将过去,全世界人民都在祈愿2021年是我们战胜病魔终止大流行之际

感恩您母爱桥的志愿者和朋友们,2020年的生死间救助生灵安抚亡灵

期盼您感召更多的亲友帮助我们母爱桥汇滴水成溪让路径成茵

我坚信2020年的感恩节于您于我于母爱桥于每个人将是一个划时代的节日

Dear MBL friends,

Xinran here, greeting you and wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!

Covid19 ravaging the world in 2020 has rewritten the course of many lives, however, we are lucky, grateful that we are still alive, grateful that our family and relatives and friends are with us to fight the pandemic, grateful the global exchanges and human mutual assistance has not been destroyed by the coronavirus.

Here I especially want to thank MBL volunteers and supporters, heartfelt thanks to you all for being safe and well, and your hard work on MBL ongoing projects:

– Supporting MBL adoptive families (adopting Chinese children) around the world and help the Chinese adoptees to understand more and better of cultural differences between China and rest of the world;

– Helping overseas Chinese students out of their troubles in the culture shocks, to solve their initial social independent survival confusion;

– Continuing to support MBL Books for Kids (B4K), to build more libraries in Chinese villages, so that many children could have a chance to read books about the world during the pandemic.

Every one of us has experienced the sad news and feeling of life and death in the pandemic of 2020. Among MBL relatives and friends, some have lost their loved ones and some have given the birth to new life. MBL has also learnt and experienced a lot in the pandemic, we are looking forward to a brand new MBL website, so that MBL can provide you with more appropriate volunteering opportunities, with faster and easier access for your family and career needs between China and the West.

As 2020 passes, people all over the world are praying that 2021 is the time to end the pandemic.

Once again, thank you, MBL volunteers and friends for saving lives in 2020.

I look forward to gaining more families and friends to help MBL, as we all believe that the drops of kindness can become a stream that can water a green field along its the path.

I firmly believe that Thanksgiving in 2020, to you, to me, to The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL), to everyone, will be an epoch-making festival.

Best wishes to you all, enjoy your Thanksgiving with safety, health, peace and love!

 

******

From Fan Wu (MBL team leader, writer, volunteer) 

In the beginning of 2020, my family and I had made plans to visit my children’s grandparents in China and Sweden in the summer. We had been looking forward to the trip, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US. In mid-March, our children’s school shuttered and they began to study remotely. Despite our knowledge about the lockdowns in China and our obsessive following of the global news, we were optimistic, thinking that things would go back to normal by summer, and we could still travel in a few months. Meanwhile, we prayed for my parents’ health and safety in China, where restrictions were strict and broad, and for my husband’s parents’ health and safety in Sweden, where controversial herd immunity was practiced.

It is November now. The pandemic has since raged through the globe, taking the precious lives of 1.4 million people, among them more than a quarter million Americans, a shocking statistics that reflects the grim and horrific reality. Along with it, racism and discrimination have surged in many regions of the world. On top of all this, my family and I, in California, have seen deadly wildfires, for weeks and months, taking more lives, destroying communities, polluting the air, and razing millions of acres of beautiful land.

In the past, we always celebrated Thanksgiving with close friends, often hosting with a banquet and hours of laughter and entertainment. But for this year, Thanksgiving is going to be quiet, with shelter-in-place and curfew issued just recently in where we live to curb the pandemic’s fast spread.

Life has certainly been challenging this year: stress at work, playing the role of a parent and a teacher to my young children, extra housework, not being able to see family overseas, and all kinds of worries, anxiety, fears and anger.

However, there’s a lot I’m thankful for: healthy family, my husband’s hugs and my children’s smiles, a house that offers space and safety, a beautiful park close by, our zealous Labrador that loves to cuddle, more time together as a family, my children’s dedicated teachers, my helpful neighbors, the convenience of online shopping, local restaurants where we order food to go and local groceries, friends we sometimes see with social distancing in mind, journalists we can trust with quality reporting when reading news has become essential in our daily routine, people who deliver our mails and goods, books and TV shows that have touched and inspired me…..the list is long.  And I am thankful for my MBL friends and all the volunteers who have offered me love and support during these difficult times.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(Thank you very much to our artist, Maya Cedergren, a 7th grader in California, for her artwork. She wanted her Thanksgiving art, subtle, with contrasting colors and ample empty space, to inspire reflection and stimulate conversations among people during this special holiday season defined by the continued spread of COVID-19. )

Happy Thanksgiving from MBL, Maya Cedergren, 12, USA

 

Happy 16th Birthday, MBL!

Maya Cedergren

Artwork by Maya Cedergren, aged 11, USA

MBL has just turned 16 years old. Here are Happy Birthday messages from our founder Xinran and our team leaders.
From Xinran (the UK):
2020年的母爱桥MBL是16岁还是17岁?因中西文化差异,各有“天理”。MBL起步筹备自2003年春节,法律注册认证日为2004年8月18日。
几位母爱桥创建者,除我之外都是年轻女性。2002年底时,我们“大惊小怪地相互传递原先不知道的真相”:那么多国家收养了那么多中国女孩子?!那么多的国内乡村孩子没有上学读书?!那么多的西方人不知道华夏文明?!一份份震惊触发了我们作为华人的责任。2003年伊始,众姐妹开始深入调研这些真相的因果。半年后众姐妹倍感刻不容缓:孩子们的成长等不了信息的解锁。于是开始酝酿筹划建立一座小桥帮助真相过河,积聚能量为世界各地的华人孩子们提供根髓文化所需。
鉴于英国政府/社会对慈善机构提供发展空间并有商业赞助抵税政策相辅,因此对申报慈善机构审查十分严谨。母爱桥创建团队在一位资深律师志愿者的协助下,历经一年的准备,于2004年8月16日在英国申报注册国际文化慈善机构(NGO)。常规的慈善审批时间约6-18个月。但母爱桥竟在两天内被批准!协助申报的英国律师也惊讶不已:他十几年的法律生涯中从来没有经历过如此闪电般的报批!原因何在?至今是个谜。
母爱桥的英文全称:The Mothers Bridge of Love, 简称 MBL。MBL 是一座文化立交桥, 连接着中西文化,生养亲情,和贫富互助。十几年来近千名国内外志愿者/收养家庭/救助的小村小学生在母爱桥上来往/相识/相助。您可在母爱桥的中英文简介中了解详情,一睹众多MBLers的芳容。
十几年的母爱桥岁月;把我送进了提笔忘字的暮年;把许多母爱桥的志愿者送入了他们为之奋斗的未来;把母爱桥关爱的二十几个国家中被收养的中国孩子接回他们出生的祖国寻根访祖;把母爱桥救助的27个乡村小学生们带入了他们不曾知道的书本和理想中;也把许多许多走过母爱桥的年轻人送入了为人父母的家庭;还有,把我们母爱桥的主席托笔升入了天堂……
我曾梦想有一天,我们在母爱桥上欢聚一堂:来自七大洲五大洋,或是五湖四海的几代人,在多种文化中,以无数种语言和乡音交流着认知/共筑母爱桥的经历…
2020年的世界正被Covid19残害,病魔甚至在掠夺无数生命,恐惧和迷茫正在搅动风云…母爱桥以行动在证明着我们还活着!我坚信滴水成荫的意志,百川汇海的力量,我更相信母爱桥给予这个世界的一份美好和奉献。
感谢感恩您与母爱桥同愿同行!
From Fan Wu (the USA)
Since its early days from 16 years ago, MBL has dedicated itself to building a bridge between the rich and poor, the adoptive family and birth family, and the East and the West. We believe in love, kindness and gratitude, and try our best to share them through our work.
We have established dozens of libraries in rural China, and have organised many cultural events in the UK and elsewhere. Our volunteers are our most valuable asset. They have done so much! They help with translation, research, organising trips and events, raising funds, and running our online and offline operations across all our services. They have also helped connect many adoptive family and adopted children with the biological families.
Now MBL has turned 16 years old. It’s been a tough year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But crisis tends to tell us what matters the most. For MBL, what matters most is our continuing commitment to our mission. I would like to thank all of our volunteers and the people who have been supporting us all these years. We’re all in this together!
Happy Birthday, MBL!
From Julie Zhu, Frank and Pan Tong (China)
16年前,第一次知悉母爱桥,深读三座桥的理想,同愿同行在生养之桥,东西之桥的路上……
打包一本到贫困山区的书;一个家庭讲诉收养的经历,为孩子寻根访祖;一场场活动中的张张可爱的笑脸;一份份关爱又无私的言动。成为我们生命旅途中最耀眼的灯塔!
感谢成为母爱桥的志愿者,感恩自己为着充满爱的事业践行一点点的责任。
母爱桥16岁生日,祝福越来越好
(A big thank you to our volunteer Maya Cedergren, who’s 11 years old and lives in California, for her beautiful artwork.)

MBL volunteers have donated 1000 masks to NHS in the UK

Since COVID-19 reached its peak in the UK in March 2020, MBL volunteers from the UK and China have joined forces to participate in the UK’s anti-epidemic rescue effort. By the end of May, our volunteers have donated about 1,000 medical masks to the NHS Lancaster Medical Centre in London to help their care homes and people with special needs.  The manager of the centre made a special call to MBL volunteers to thank their generosity and support!
Here are our donors:
Yilin Publishing Press
MBL Beijing volunteers
MBL Shanghai volunteers
MBL Nanjing volunteers
MBL Guangzhou volunteers
Nanjing Sino-UK
MBL London volunteers
Thank you so much for sharing our belief and passion! We are in this together and we’re stronger when we are united.
自从2020年3月COVID-19将英国的疫情推至高峰期以来,MBL的英国和中国的志愿者联手参加英国的抗疫救助行动。至5月下旬,MBL已向伦敦NHS兰卡斯特医疗中心捐赠了近1000只医用口罩,以便帮助他们监护的养老院和有特殊需要的人。 该中心的经理特地电话致谢MBL志愿者!
衷心感谢以下MBL支持者和志愿者团队参与口罩的捐赠:
中国译林出版社
MBL北京志愿者
MBL上海志愿者
MBL南京志愿者
MBL广州志愿者
南京中英桥Sino-UK,
MBL伦敦志愿者
感谢您与MBL同愿同行!

MBL is building a new International Library in Yangshuo, China

MBL 2020 UNTWO Yangshuo Centre Books for Kids (B4K) Report

Principal Investigators (PI): Red and Xinran (MBL volunteers)

Location: Yulong River Scenic District, Yangshuo, Guilin, China

Time: December 2019 – January 2020

 

Why establish the Mothers’ Bridge of Love International Library here?

 

By 2020, the United Nations Survey has established eight observation stations in China: Guilin (Yangshuo), Huangshan (Huangshan Scenic Spot Observation Station and Xidihongcun Observation Station), Zhangjiajie, Kanas, Chengdu, Henan Province (Luoyang observation station, Jiaozuo Observation Station), Xishuangbanna and Changshu.

Yangshuo is not only the first tourism sustainable development observation station established by the World Tourism Organization in China, but also the first of such stations in the world. It has been 15 years since the monitoring of sustainable tourism development started in Yangshuo in 2005. The School of Tourism of Sun Yat-sen University now manages this station, located in the famous Yulong River Scenic Area (Shi Li Hua Lang, so called Ten-mile Gallery). Each year, visitors and scholars from various countries come here, often with their families, for their research and writing projects.

Currently, there is only one state library in Yangshuo County, which was established in 1945 and relocated to No. 8 Furong Road in 2007. It’s far from the Yulong River Scenic Area, where there’s no library. Local families and hotels lack Chinese and foreign language books, as well as children’s books. This limits the communication between China and foreign countries.

With its international network and resources, the Mothers’ Bridge of Love International Library can provide books in different languages to help UN TWO YSC improve international cultural communication. It can also serve as a cultural activity space for children in a scenic area and as a base for international families who have adopted Chinese children to seek their roots in China.

 

UNWTO YSC Details, MBL YSC 国际图书馆计划

 

图书馆名称 Library Name

联合国旅游探测阳朔中心 母爱桥国际图书馆

UN WTO SYC MBL LIBRARY

 

图书馆地址 Library Address

广西桂林阳朔县高田镇

联合国世界旅游组织, 阳朔观测点, 邮编 541900

UN TWO Yangshuo Centre

Gaotian, Yangshuo, Guilin, Guangxi

PR China 541900

 

图书馆联系人 Library contact

马骏经理 Mr MA Jun, (Centre manager)

0086 13557272493

 

读者 Readers

当地村民家庭及来自世界各地的访客学者

The local people and the visitors from the world

 

图书馆面积及设施 Library equipments

已经备有/existing facilities: 室内 Indoor 大约 80-100 square meters; 10 个桌台 tables; 50-80 把椅子 Chairs

室外约/outdoor 100 square meters; (3-5)X4 coffee tables with 20 seats

需要支持/still need: 相应数量的书架/bookshelves

 

当地概况图片 The local pictures

Please see included photos

 

捐赠计划 Donation plan

2020: 中外多语种书籍 300, 其中 110 本已于一月送达。

儿童纸质手工品及文具 30 ,相应数量的书架

300 books in varied languages, 110 of them have been delivered.

30 sets of stationary and crafts materials

 

Background

Yangshuo: located in the northeast of Guangxi; under the jurisdiction of Guilin City; ranked the most beautiful counties in China in 2014.  It is 65 kilometers away from the urban area of Guilin. The unique and beautiful scenery has a great reputation, described as “the most beautiful in Guilin” (from Wumai’s poem ‘Guilin Landscape’). The county, with its over 1,400 years of history, was founded in 590 AD during the Sui Dynasty. It has a total area of 1,428 square kilometers, 20,000 hectares of arable land, and a population of 300,000 people with 11 ethnic groups including Han, Zhuang, Yao, and Hui in 6 towns and 3 townships.

UNWTO: Headquartered in Madrid, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability, and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. It serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism knowledge. It encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize the contribution of tourism to socio-economic development, while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) geared towards eliminating poverty and fostering sustainable development and peace worldwide. UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

School of Tourism, Sun Yat-sen University: The School of Tourism Management at Sun Yat-sen University, is a well-known institution for tourism education and research. Established in November 2004, the School is among the first to grant doctoral degrees in Tourism Management and MTA degrees. It has strong teaching and research capabilities, and has far-reaching influence across China.

A beautiful celebration of the Chinese New Year in London & our best wishes to Wuhan

 

On Jan. 26th, 2020, MBL and China Exchange cohosted the Chinese New Year celebration in London’s Chinatown. More than 500 people showed up to watch or participate in various activities: Chinese folk dance, martial art performance, writing Chinese calligraph and painting Beijing Opera masks, abacus demonstration, and the behavioral art performed by artist Xie Rong (Echo Morgan) who used four different Chinese traditional dresses to represent the four seasons.

Since 2013, MBL has been organizing celebratory events in London during the Chinese New Year and some other important Chinese traditional holidays. Through these events, MBL hopes that more people will learn about Chinese cultures and values, and will celebrate diversity and love.

We’re deeply grateful to our volunteers for their support and contribution! And thank you to those who came to celebrate this special Chinese New Year with us. China is still fighting against the coronavirus that has claimed many lives and stricken many parts of China. Let’s send our best wishes to people in Wuhan, to people in China. Wuhan, jia you! China, jia you! Wuhan, stay strong! China, stay strong!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with MBL in London!

 

On 26th January 2020, MBL and China Exchange will be hosting a family fun event to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, in the heart of Chinatown in London, the United Kingdom.

Activities include, but not limited to

  • Interactive art performance (with the artist Echo Morgan)
  • Taiji sword dancing
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Facial mask painting
  • Chinese traditional costume dress-up
  • Performance of Chinese abacus

The event is free and fun for both adults and children. Please join us to say Xin Nian Kuai Le, Happy Chinese New Year!

 

2020 年的中国新年即将到来,母爱桥MBL一年一度的春节庆祝活动也即将于 1 月26 日在伦敦唐人街China Exchange 举行。

今年的迎春活动节目丰富,包括传统的互动行为艺术、太极拳表演、中国传统服饰秀、舞狮表演、中国算盘、中国民族舞等。

我们希望在1月26号这一天与你同庆我们的传统节日,弘扬中华民族的传统文化,传播母爱桥MBL爱和桥梁的作用!

诚挚地邀请母爱桥的志愿者们积极支持和报名参与我们活动,让我们一起过一个欢乐的中国新年!

JOIN IN US ! 2020 MBL Chinese New Year Festival

On 26th January 2020, MBL and China Exchange (at London China Town) will work together to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Mouse.

Activities include, but not limited to

Interactive Performace

Taiji

Facial mask painting

Chinese traditional costume dressing-up

Performance of Chinese abacus

It’s a free event and please join us for tons of fun!

Please contact to

www.mothersbridge.org

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

2020 年的中国新年即将到来,母爱桥MBL一年一度的春节庆祝活动也即将于 1 月26 日在伦敦唐人街China Exchange 举行。

今年的迎春活动节目丰富,包括传统的互动行为艺术、中国传统服饰秀、舞狮表演、中国算盘、中国民族舞等。

我们希望在1月26号这一天同庆我们的传统节日,弘扬中华民族的传统文化,传播母爱桥MBL爱和桥梁的作用!

诚挚地邀请母爱桥的志愿者们积极支持和报名参与我们活动,让我们一起过一个欢乐的中国新年!

报名请登录母爱桥官网或发送邮件至以下邮箱:

www.mothersbridge.org

headoffice@mothersbridge.org

 

Merry Christmas from Beijing!

Our MBL volunteer Valentina Rigoni and some other volunteers, together with a group of Italian people called Veneti di Cina, recently held a Christmas event in Beijing. It gathered about 300 people throughout the day! Drinks and food were served, and there were also activities for kids, and lucky draw. In Valentina’s words: “This was a great opportunity to advertise MBL’s work as we printed out a poster with the organisation info – so more people could know where their donations went. I’m super happy to share that we gathered over 5000 RMB for MBL to sustain its projects. Hope this can help to support many more girls and children in China and further their education. Wish you a very merry Christmas with all your family and a happy New Year 2020. ”

Valentina, and your Veneti di Cina friends, a big thank you to all of you. Your love and support mean the world to us. From the beginning, MBL aims to build up three bridges: a bridge between birth and adoptive culture, a bridge between China and the West, and a bridge between the poor and the rich. For more than ten years, MBL has collaborated with different organizations to provide help and support to children in rural China, and has built more than twenty libraries for children. Our volunteers, such as yourself, are the heart of our team, and the key to our success.

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving and Xinran’s Holiday Message

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday that began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. On this day of giving thanks, all of us at MBL are extremely grateful for our volunteers’ hard work and the people who have supported and inspired us all these years. We also want to thank all the mothers in the world for their love and dedication to their children.

Our founder, Xinran, who was recently celebrated as one of the “Women of Influence,” would like to share this holiday message with you about mothers: “No matter which culture, religion or time period you are in, mothers should be recognized as the true history makers. History is not made only by heroes; without HER, hero is ‘o’. This is what The Mothers’ Bridge of Love” is doing: speak for those mothers from the hidden history; support today’s mothers to be respected, and work hard for future mothers.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

An adopted Nanjing girl visits her old home At Nanjing Children’s Home

MBL has just celebrated its 15th birthday. We have some wonderful news to share.

On 12th, August, 2019, accompanied by Julie and Flora, two MBL volunteers, several special guests visited the Nanjing Children’s Home. One of them was Xiaoqiu, a Chinese girl, who had lived here before she was adopted by a Dutch family.

Not long after Xiaoqiu was born, she was found abandoned near the Children’s Hospital. A kind stranger sent her to the Children’s Home. In 2006, a Dutch family adopted her with the help of MBL and several other local agencies. They treated her like their own and gave her a happy childhood.

Xiaoqiu was very excited about her return to her old “home”. She thanked the staff who had looked after her, and said, “I also want to thank my biological parents and my adoptive parents. I cherish my life in the Netherlands and everything I have right now.”

Xiaoqiu’s adoptive mother said that Xiaoqiu is currently attending a Dutch high school and has many hobbies, such as theatrical performance, handcraft and travel. She also enjoys reading, dancing, gymnastics and music. She excels at school, but finds math a bit challenging. Overall, she enjoys school and hopes to go to a good university someday. She takes Chinese lessons once a week and loves it.

Xiaoqiu’s adoptive mother also said that they are very happy to have raised Xiaoqiu. “But she misses her biological parents,” she added, “Finding her biological parents and learning the Chinese culture are her wishes as well as her rights.”

MBL was founded in the U.K. in 2004. For the past fifteen years, MBL has devoted itself to helping overseas adopted Chinese children find their roots, and arranging trips and events for adoptive families and adopted children.

MBL volunteers connect adoptive family and adopted children with the biological families in China, help with translation and information gathering, and provide assistance to their visit to China.

As of 2018, MBL has helped countless adoptive families and adopted children. We have worked with more than a hundred children’s welfare institutes in 17 different provinces.

Thank you, MBL volunteers for your help and support for the past fifteen years! Thank you, adoptive families, for your love and kindness.