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 (https://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 HERE – “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: https://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

 

Happy Father’s Day 2013!

Happy Father's Day 2013

Why don’t we adopt disabled orphans?

A well worth reading article self-criticizing why Chinese are less willing to adopt disabled orphans!!!

 我们为什么不愿领养残疾孤儿

2013年5月13日07:51 中国青年报

原标题:我们为什么不愿领养残疾孤儿_时政·社会_评论频道_腾讯网

事实上,目前大部分的普通中国人所表现的善行,都还只是这样一种自我需求的满足。我并不认为汶川大地震所表现出来的慈善,是多么大程度的飞跃,这种自我完成的需求,其实一直存在于几乎所有人的心中,并且也有很多人在生活中践行了这种需求。举个最简单的例子,看看爱心人士申请认养的表格。很多人都这样写:希望要小一点的,最好3岁以下的孩子;或者是最好没有残疾的孩子,或者是要一个女孩之类的要求。

不可否认,一场地震,震出了一个不一样的中国。但是,当媒体和评论家争相对国民在地震中表现出来的慈善行为进行探索和诠释、甚至夸大和拔高的时候,我们尤其需要冷静下来客观地反思这种行为。

在灾区,当有人呼吁无组织的志愿者不要来添乱的时候,那些各界名人总能通过各种途径,突破重重关卡和警戒,去他们想去的地方,无论他们是在真的关怀还是作秀。在我所在的城市,为了避免干扰灾区转移来的伤员休息,普通市民是不允许进病房探望的,只能把礼物放在医院。但总是有一些人利用特殊关系,被允许进入病房探望病人并亲自把礼物送到病人手中。

很明显,在这场全民赈灾的行动中,有些人利用自己的特权优先满足了某种需求,而这种需求就是行善。

从这个角度来看,这种慈善表达和对爱、崇高、意义的表达,是每一个人与生俱来的需求,好像穿衣吃饭性生活一样普通的需求,只不过这种需求长期以来被我们对物质的强烈需求所掩盖。而一场地震,则一夜之间引爆了13亿人的这种需求。这样看来,也许这种需求的表达,并不是我们当初所认为的那样高尚,只不过是人之为人的一种普通需求而已。正如有网友所言:这一滑动过程并不指向现实中的苦难,而指向一种想象性的自我完成。

事实上,目前大部分的普通中国人所表现的善行,都还只是这样一种自我需求的满足。我并不认为汶川大地震所表现出来的慈善,是多么大程度的飞跃,这种自我完成的需求,其实一直存在于几乎所有人的心中,并且也有很多人在生活中践行了这种需求。比如,扶老人过马路,给穷亲戚送几件旧衣服,资助一个孩子读书等等。这场地震的作用在于,更大范围和更深层次地激发了人们对于这种自我完成的需求,但还远没有上升到“非自我需求的善行”的地步。

举个最简单的例子。我所在的报社组织了认养灾区孤儿的活动,有2000多人报名,还有很多人根本打不进热线电话,可见热情之高涨,爱心之汹涌。但在表象之下你会看到什么呢?最开始是感叹,怎么没人想到收养一下贵阳市儿童福利院里的孤儿呢,其实他们也很需要家和关爱,却从来没得到过像四川灾区孤儿这样的关注。

再看看爱心人士申请认养的表格。很多人都这样写:希望要小一点的,最好3岁以下的孩子;或者是最好没有残疾的孩子,或者是要一个女孩之类的要求。

难道他们对灾区的孩子有什么特别眷顾吗?不是。他们一样不希望收养一个性格已经形成的孩子,或者残疾儿童。他们能给予的爱,依然没有超越“自我需求”,中国社会仍处在慈善行为的“初级阶段”。

难怪国外媒体总喜欢拿中国人从来不愿意收养残疾孩子的事实,作为中国人缺乏爱心的佐证。曾看过的一部美国纪录片《我的至亲骨肉》,讲述一个妇女收养若干个残疾孩子的故事。故事里,有两个双腿高位截肢的小女孩,每天自己推着轮椅出门,校车司机在她家门口放下升降梯把轮椅接上去。在学校,她们基本上不用依赖别人就可以自己处理上厕所等问题,她们甚至还和全班其他同学一起,快乐地挥舞旗帜做旗操表演。这些情景,我们能想象得到吗?我们现有的基础设施和观念,能在多大程度上给残疾人提供一个可以充分参与社会生活、不依赖他人而独立生存,在人群中获得自信和尊严以及充分幸福感的机会?

千万别被例如“汶川大地震,痛出一个新中国”这样的标题所蛊惑,我们仍然需要自我反思和自我检讨,探究我们人性深处的动机何在、自私与否?

(责任编辑:霍玉倩)

 

Why don’t we adopt disabled orphans?

07:51 BST+7, 13 May, 2013 China Youth Daily

 (Original article in Chinese: http://opinion.cn.yahoo.com/ypen/20130513/1738627.html)

Original title: Why don’t we adopt disabled orphans? (Tencent- Review-Current Politics/Society)

 

Actually, philanthropy showed by most Chinese people is an action of self-satisfaction. On my part, there was no big jump ahead when people were being kind in the devastating Wenchuan earthquake. The need of self-realization remains in people’s hearts, and they try to meet it. For example, when the kind-hearted people were filling the adoption forms, many of them preferred younger children who were under three years old. And it would be better if the children were without disabilities and were girls.

There was no denying that China embodied a different image after the earthquake. However, when the media and the critics were exploring, explaining and exaggerating the benevolent actions, it was urgent for us to have calm and objective reflection on the deeds.

Although the unorganized volunteers were not encouraged to enter the disaster areas, the celebrities could always break the barriers to go wherever they wanted. We were not sure about their real intentions: offering care or showing off their kindness. In my hometown, citizens were not allowed to visit the patients transferred from the earthquake-stricken areas in order to guarantee their rest and the gifts could only be left in the hospitals. However, someone managed to pull the strings to visit the wards and gave the presents in person.

Obviously, in the campaign of national disaster relief, some people made use of their privileges to meet a certain demand —- being merciful to others.

From this perspective, expressing philanthropy, love and nobility is a demand rooted in our blood, which is as common as eating and drinking. While it had been covered by the strong drive for materials, the earthquake awoke the 1.3 billion to feel its existence. Therefore, the kindness was not as noble as we thought; instead, it was just a popular demand. One netizen once said, “The transition does not target the hardships in reality but the sense of self-accomplishment in psyche”.

Actually, philanthropy showed by most Chinese people is an action of self-satisfaction. On my part, there was no big jump ahead when people were being kind in the devastating Wenchuan earthquake. The need of self-realization remains in people’s hearts, and they try to meet it. For example, helping the old to cross the road, sending clothes to the poor relatives or finance one child to complete his/her study, etc. The earthquake further and more deeply stimulated people’s demand, which was far from not being related with self-satisfaction.

A simple example would be that the newspaper agency I was working in organised a campaign to adopt the orphans in Wenchuan. More than 2000 people signed up for it and the hotline was too busy to get through, which fully revealed people’s passion and love. However, what was behind that? We sighed and asked why no one ever thought about adopting an orphan in the children welfare association in Guiyang, a southwest city in China. The children there need home and care as well, but they have never received so much attention.

When reading the adoption forms, many people preferred younger children who were under three years old. And it would be better if they were without disabilities and were girls.

Was that because they did some favour to the children in Wenchuan? No. They did not want to adopt someone who was disabled or already mentally mature. The love they offered was within the boundary of “self-achievement”, and the Chinese society is still at the initial stage of philanthropy.

It is no wonder that the foreign media regard Chinese as lack of love because they are never willing to adopt disabled children. I watched an American documentary titled My Flesh and Blood, wherein the mom adopted eleven disabled children. Two of the girls were high paraplegia, but they managed to go to school on their own by using the wheelchairs and with the help of the school bus driver. They could go to the toilets by themselves and happily perform the flag dances together with their classmates. Can we image these happening in china? Are the infrastructure and people’s minds advanced enough to let the disabled fully involve in society, independently live and gain confidence, dignity and happiness among the crowd?

Never be deceived by the titles like The Pain of Wenchuan Shapes a New China. We still need to reflect on ourselves and find out what our true motivation is and whether we are selfish or not.

(Editor: HUO YuQian 霍玉倩)

English Translation by MBL volunteer:YAN YunZhi 严韵致

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers!
No matter where you come from, who you are, where you are right now…

Italian: (La) Buona Festa della mamma

French: (La) Fête des mères (“Day of Mothers”)

German: Alles Gute/Liebe zum Muttertag!

Japanese: 母の日 (Haha-no Hi omedetō)

Spanish: Día de la Madre

Vietnamese: Ngày của Mẹ (officially Ngay quoc te Nu – “International Women’s Day”)

Polish: wszystkiego najlepszego w dniu matki

Indonesian & Malay: Selamat hari ibu

Irish: Lá na Máithreacha

Dutch: Gelukkige Moederdag

Lithuanian: Laimingos motinos dienos!

Portuguese: Dia da Mãe

Chinese Mandarin: 母亲节快乐 (traditional: 母親節快樂) Mǔqīnjié kuàilè

Finnish: Äitienpäivä

Hungarian: Anyák Napja

Korean: Eomeoni-nal or Ŏmŏni-nal

Portuguese: Dia da Mãe

Swedish: Mors dag

Persian: Rúze mâdar gerâmi bâd

English: Happy Mother’s Day

……

Mum…I love you!

妈妈,我爱您!

 

Seeing EARTHQUAKE from children’ eyes!

Below are some paintings from school childreen who were survived from 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province, an area called Wenchuan.

Few years later, just two weeks ago, another powerful earthquake in Sichuan happened again and this time it’s in the area called Ya’an! So far it was reported 193 dead, 25 missing, and more than 11,470 were injured…very very sad!

MBL set up children’s libraries in 8 elementary schools (photos attached here) in rural areas in Ya’an in 2011 as part of our after 2008 earthquake rebuilt programme…but now we are really worried about how are those poor children, orphans, and MBL schools & libraries after the earthquake happened on 20th April! Hope those children are still alive, their families are still with them, those orphanages are still there as some little ones’ “home”, and their schools & libraries still exist as the places for dreams to come true…

The link here: Sichuan Earthquake Update donation and distribution report shows what MBL did for 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Since the very bad reputation of the official charities inside of China (such as Red Cross China…), a small group of MBL volunteers are going to travel and visit those children and schools in BaoXing, Ya’an this summer (middle of July – middle of August) to deliver our regards and the funds we raised straight away and hands to hands to those who needs the help/support the most! If you want to join in this group, please feel free to contact MBL Head Office at: headoffice@mothersbridge.org.
We are calling people to give any kind of help & support to people who were affected and are still affected by earthquake, especially those disadvantaged children and schools in rural area in Sichuan.
Here are some updated information and photos of earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan and below are some details about how to help/support us.
Please send your CHEQUE to: The Mothers’ Bridge of Love, 9 ORME COURT, W2 4RL, LONDON, UK.
Or WIRE money to: THE MOTHERS’ BRIDGE OF LOVE, Sort Code: 400607, Account Number: 11453130, HSBC Bank SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E, IBAN Number: GB08MIDL40060711453130
Thank you on behalf of people in Ya’an, and your donation to MBL will helpy those disdvantaged children living in rural areas in Ya’an, who got injured, who are suffering the pain of losing their families, who’s orphanages were destroyed, and who might have no place to stay and no school to go…
Thak You & 谢谢您!
MBL Head Office

(Paintings were collected by an MBL volunteer Ping)

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MBL’s calling for help to EARTHQUAKE in Ya’an, Sichuan, China

A POWERFUL earthquake jolted Ya’an, Sichuan, China today. Rural area like BaoXing country in Ya’an is where 8 MBL Children’s Libraries were built up (https://www.mothersbridge.org/general/picture-book-donation-drive/). We hope those children… are safe with their families, and their schools/libraries will still exist after the earthquake!!!
So far some information was collected by MBL volunteers from the local that the earthquake located in Ya’an , Sichuan (latitude 30.3°N, longitude 103.0°E), measured at up to magnitude 7.0, and left at least 193 dead, 25 missing, more than 11,470 injured, and around 383,000 people were affected. State media warned that the casualty toll could climb sharply.
We are so happy to know that this baby girl was saved, but no one knows where are her parents…are they still alive?
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A boy’s looking towards to the direction where his home used to be…
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the school playground is now many people’s home…
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Eventually, we have some safe place to sleep…
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MBL CHARITY EVENT – MR FENG JICAI (冯骥才)’S LECTURE AT UK UNIVERSITIES APRIL 2013

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Mr FENG JiCai (冯骥才): “The Plight of China’s Cultural Heritage and Its Solutions”

Charity Event (Public lecture series) organized by The Mothers’ Bridge of Love

 

Mr. FENG JiCai, a renowned Chinese writer, gave public lectures at University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Oxford and University of Bath successively from 7 to 14 of this April. Titled “the Plight of China’s Cultural Heritage and its Solutions”, his presentations focused on the status quo, challenges, solutions and progresses achieved in the preservation of China’s cultural heritage.

This series of public lectures was initiated by The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL) and jointly hosted by LSE China Development Society, Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Cambridge and Oxford and the MA Interpreting and Translating Programme of University of Bath, aiming at providing an opportunity for the Chinese students studying in the UK and the British Chinese to communicate with a giant of contemporary Chinese literature. The presentations received strong support from the four universities and many volunteers, as well as great enthusiasm from the audience. Students who attended these lectures said that they were overwhelmed and deeply impressed by Mr. Feng’s passion, concern and sense of responsibility toward China’s cultural heritage, which aroused their ardent love for the culture of their motherland and a sense of mission to pass it on to future generations.

In his lectures, Mr. Feng expressed his deep concerns toward the current situation of China’s intangible cultural heritage. He said that we spent 30 years only to turn more than 600 cities in China to look identical with almost complete obliteration of buildings with cultural or historical significance, which was a huge cultural tragedy. Within just a decade, the number of China’s villages has dropped from 3.6 million to 2.7 million. The disappearance of villages means the evaporation of their culture as well. Mr. Feng’s Tianjin-style humour also made the audience laugh when he said that 100 villages would be gone only after a night’s sleep. However, behind the laughter was heart-aching sadness.

Nonetheless, what’s gratifying to know is that in 2000, guided by Mr. Feng, China launched intangible cultural heritage preservation progamme that has already made great progress since then. The nation-wide cultural census made in recent years provided experts and scholars with a general picture of China’s folk customs and cultures. According to the statistics of the census, the total volume of intangible cultural heritages of the 56 ethnic groups in China surpasses 10,000 items. The number of folktales alone is an amazing 900 million, if counted in term of book volumes, there would be more than 5000 volumes.

Mr. Feng also underscored the role of the intellectuals, pointing out that they should shoulder their social responsibilities with dedication and contribute their share to the country.  “Money,” he said, “is a basic need rather than a life-long pursuit. Therefore, it shouldn’t become a country’s values.” We can’t only concentrate on the development of material civilization but neglect spiritual and cultural development. Cultural heritage is our soul and the very root of our nation, thus should be treasured and protected. The MBL volunteers had a deep understanding of Mr. Feng’s words. One of the volunteers said: “The families form the western world that adopted Chinese children are actively learning and exploring Chinese culture, seeking the cultural root for their adopted kids. As a Chinese, we are duty-bound to maintain our cultural root.”

In his communication with the audience, Mr.FENG JiCai expressed his appreciation about the scope and depth of their thoughts. He also had high expectations for Chinese students studying in the UK and the British Chinese, hoping that while taking in the British culture, they can spread the essence of Chinese culture, and build a bridge between the two cultures.

 

Reported by MBL (LI Jiang李江, HE BingQian何冰倩, and LI Xu李旭)

Translator: WU TianCheng (武天程)

Proofreader: JIANG Yu

Both form the University of Bath

 

MBL in Helsinki, Finland (17th-19th April 2013)

MBL and Xinran were invited by Finnish publisher Atena for the newly translated book in finnish “The Message from An Unknown Chinese Mother” and this book is especially for adoptive families with Chinese children.

Xinran & Xiaoli (from MBL London Head Office) visited a school called Meilahden ala-aste in Helsinki is. There are more than 600 students in this school, and around 200 of them are studying Chinese. Among those 200 students, half of them are either third generation of Chinese migrants or Chinese adoptees, and half of them are Finnish children. The photos showed here is about students studying during their Chinese class.

With a group of Chinese adoptees and school teachers in the Chinese classroom…

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Exciting talking with schools teachers in the Chinese classroom during the break…

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Chinese senses involved in their classroom…so lovely!

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MBL Charity Event – Mr FENG jiCai (冯骥才)’s Leture at Oxford Wed 10th April 2013

MBL Charity Event – Mr FENG jiCai (冯骥才)’s Leture at Oxford Wed 10th April 2013 (PDF in Chinese version and photos are submitted by OXCSSA)

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