MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration

MBL celebrated its 10th anniversary on Saturday 9th of August 2014, at V&A Museum of Childhood. Plenty of adoptive families, MBL supporters and enthusiastic volunteers participated to enjoy the great moment. The big day was immersed in a festival atmosphere – the museum was decorated with various Chinese elements, including Chinese lanterns, paper cuttings and flags. It was meaningful to share MBLers’ achievement in the past 10 years, and it was more a day that raise the public awareness of the adoption issues as well as the cultural exchange between the West and East.

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Xinran addressed a short but heartfelt speech began the celebration. MBL’s team leader Xiao Li, ,and the members of the board Mr. Eady and Mr. Gorden also gave speeches. expressing their gratitude to the public support and gave best wishes to MBL’s bright future.

The incredible performance of London Chinese Guitar club, London Yulan Qin society and the famous violinst Anna Phoebe, as well as a team of our beloved volunteers made the BIG DAY significant and more attractive. The baby lion dance outside the venue became the favourite show among the kids. Tailored workshops met the interests of different families that parents and kids were enveloped in learning in painting, paper cut, calligraphy and Kungfu. The costume corner fascinated the attendees that many children tried on different Chinese minority clothes and took pictures with their ideal pose gladly.

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Annabel Stockman, the artist who holds the exhibition <Hand me over, hand me down> in the museum, shared the stories about her exhibition, which was composed various children’s clothes, that the kids worn when they marched to new life with new parents, taken from adoptive families.

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The Celebration then ended up in Xinran’s talk. She shared her thoughts after the talk: For the Chinese youth adoptees, in which she analysed the geographic issue, sexual ratio and reasons related to the adoption.

The celebration was short as kids were keeping asking when is the next workshop and performance, the celebration was long as people all left with reflection and thinking to issues around adoptive families and cultural collision. The past ten years we have been going through was a long, tough and meaningful road. MBL believed and believes that love would bring those children in need a future with hope. We are also determined to keep providing helps to those children with supports and wishes from all of you! 

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MBL Volunteer Training Day at V&A of Childhood August 2014

Date: Sunday 3rd August, 2014

 

Meeting Time: 14.00pm—16.00pm

 

Meeting Location: The Front Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood

 

Attendees: 20 people

 

On 3rd August 2014, all the volunteers gathered at V&A Museum of Childhood for a training meeting in preparation for the upcoming MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration.

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Xiaoli, the team leader of MBL welcomed all the volunteers who attended the training event and would make their contribution to our celebration day, and followed by introduction by the Head Office Team.

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In order to let every volunteer getting closer to MBL, the Head Office Team gave a talk regards to MBL’s three bridges, three teams, and the meaning of Mother’s Bridge of love. In addition, they did emphasize how to become qualified MBL volunteers, the responsibilities to take as MBL volunteers and some tips for working with children. 

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Anne, the museum team leader led all the volunteers to explore V&A Museum of childhood for getting familiar with the layout of the museum, further helping to run the event smoothly and successfully.

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Later on, Xiaoli began to assign tasks to every volunteer, and distribute the badges. After the two-hour training meeting, every volunteer was confident that they were fully prepared for the upcoming event and wished the event a big success.

 

Dutch Family visited MBL Pen Friend family and MBL Culture Centre July 2014

MBL recently arranged for a Dutch adoptive family from the Netherlands for their trip in China with their two Chinese daughters, Annemarije and Nynke. Annemarije is adopted from Wuhan and Nynke is adopted from Guangdong. Both girls left China at a very young age, but returned to China with the hope of connecting to their Chinese birth culture as well as this year for joining some of MBL culture programs in China, such as Pen Friend Program (in GuangDong) and Culture Workshops at MBLCulture Centre in Nanjing. With MBL’s help and support, they wish one day they could have some information about their birth parents in China…

Their parents take them on regular trips to China as well as encourage them to study Mandarin. This time, before their trip to Nanjing, the family met with their MBL Pen Friend family in Dongguan and cooked some traditional Chinese meals including yummy dumplings! “We met up with Amy and Nancy (and family) in Dongguan and have spent a lovely day with them. We did some cooking together: it was very special for all of us” said by the Dutch mum.

At the MBL Children Centre in Nanjing, the family participated in various activities such as Chinese dancing and calligraphy classes, as well as hung the Netherlands flag on the ceiling in MBL Workshop room together with flags from other MBL friend countries all over the world.

The dad Jan mentioned: “Today we have been to Children’s Palace and met Juiie, her daughter Angelina and our guide Jenny. It was an impressive day. We even managed to put up the Dutch flag on the ceiling of MBL office… “

The great news is that this family are coming to join MBL 10th Anniversary Celebration on Friday 9th August at Museum of Childhood…Wow!

Two years ago, Annemarijie wrote a touching letter to MBL informing us of her desire to reconnect with her birthparents: 

“I wish I could find my birthparents, although I know it will be difficult as we don’t have any information about them. It is important for me as it is a very important part of me and of my life. I hope they are well and wish they are happy. Maybe we will meet in the future.”

https://www.mothersbridge.org/messages/readers/a-letter-to-my-birth-parents-2/

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We wish them the best of luck on their journey!

Dutch families are visiting their Pen Friend family in GuangDong…having dinner and making dumplings:)

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Dutch families are having Chinese calligraphy workshop at MBL Children Centre

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Hung up the Netherlands flag on the ceiling in MBL Workshop room together with flags from other MBL friend countries all over the world.

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MBL at London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival Sun 29th June 2014!

A group of 18 participants from PPMI, Qumin and other MBL supporters took to the Thames last Sunday, 29th June, to take part as paddlers and drummers in a Dragon Boat Racing Festival. “Building bridges between China and the West” has always been one of the MBLers’ most important missions, and this time again MBLers felt compelled to join such a significant and meaningful East-West Related Event – the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, helping and supporting the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) to promote Hong Kongese culture in the UK.

Xiaoli was our featured planner, inviting passionate people to join this event and make their efforts more than just a race – MBL aims to raise funds to build more libraries for children from Chinese rural areas. All our hearts were racing, and not just from the physical challenge! Eddie shared the joys he felt when he met new friends, Chole was impressed with the teamwork she saw, while Ryan remarked “the most exiting part was to enjoy the paddling as well as to get involved with Chinese culture and communities”.

With the motivation to promote a worthwhile cause, an opportunity to interact with new friends from different industries, the chance to learn more about Chinese culture and to round it all off some gorgeous weather to enjoy – in fact, a heavy downpour came just as the MBL team had finished their last race!– it was truly a day to remember!

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Norwegian and UK adoptive families reunion with MBLers 23rd May 2014

Recently, MBL organized a meeting with both adoptive family from Norway and UK, Xinran, XIAO Li, LIN Pin, and LI Xu attended this lunch  meeting at Royal China restaurant in London.

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During the lunch meeting, adoptive families and MBLers had a really lovely talking and communication.

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To be specific, a couple of points have been discussed, including MBL project Pen Friend Program, MBL Culture Trip in Nanjing, MBL Ya’an Trek, MBL’s potential support to Norwegian adoptive families group when ythey go back to China (especially Xi’an) in two years time, besides, we also discussed a plan for MBL’s next visit in Norway.

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MBL at CACH Reunion 14th – 15th March 2014

Date: March 14-15th, 2014

Location: Daventry Court Hotel, Rugby, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 0SG, United Kingdom

On March 14th 2014, MBL Team Leader Xiao Li and a head office intern DU YaNan went to Daventry Court Hotel for preparing the upcoming CACH Reunion event on 15th March 2014t.

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MBLers started to set up MBL’s stall in the hall of the hotel after a detailed discussion about the layout.

On the day of the CACH event, it began with a wonderful lion dance performance. As the adopted family and children increasingly gathered, the atmosphere of the hall was beginning to warm up. 

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In this year’s event, the main activities MBL were running at our stall were as followed:

Firstly, Chinese culture items sales: including Xinran’s books (in many versions of different languages), MBL trustee Ching-He Huang’s books, and other China related books, Chinese calligraphy materials, paper-cutting text books, Chinese brush/ink stone, traditional Chinese music CD and so on, aiming to arise their interest in Chinese culture and giving basic knowledge of Chinese culture to those beloved families. 

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Further, the adopted family were encouraged to get involved in an activity which is called ‘Find out Where Do You Come From’. Our Chinese adoptees were asked to spot their hometown on a Chinese map, which enables them to develop a deeper impression about their hometown.

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Meanwhile, DU YaNan had a lovely chat with a couple of families, grasping this opportunity, she also introduced the concepts and aim of our organization to some new families and promoted our projects such as Pen Friends Programme, Library Project and MBL 10th Anniversary. Many families showed their interests in MBL Pen Friend Programme and

children were excited to find a pen pal same age like them in China. It is such a wonderful programme that children can be motivated to learn Chinese and learn more about China through their own way.

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At the end of the day, all the families got together and took a lovely photo. It was such an unforgettable experience and also very emotional moment to spend with those beloved children and their wonderful parents.

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Reported by MBL volunteer Du Yanan (杜亚楠)

MBL & BBC “One Child” Meeting Event – Thursday 13th March 2014

 

On Thursday 13th March 2014, MBL coordinated with BBC of organizing a meeting event between some adoptive families and BBC “One Child” production team at BBC Drama Production in London.

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The executive Producer from BBC “One Child” welcomes all the attendees, and followed by introduction of each individual.

  1. 10:30am—11:00am

The “One Child” writer Guy briefed the drama story line: “a girl named Mei age 23, university student, who was adopted as a baby from China. One day, Mei was in her room study, a message popped up on her computer screen;‘your birth mother is looking for you in China…’Mei jumped and didn’t know what to do, she went to her mother (adopt mother), the family decided to follow up the message which was sent by a Female Chinese Journalist, who involved human rights and anti –corruption in China. Mei went to China met her birth mother who lived in a poorest condition, the scene was broken Mei’s heart… the drama did not stop there, Mei then came to know that she had a brother who had been given a death sentence which he didn’t commit the crime… In order to save her brother, Mei needs £50,000 to pay detective…in the end, they didn’t save Mei’s bother, because the corruption was so powerful and the journalist almost her friends were arrested, Mei came back to the UK with her adopt family.”

  1. 11:00am—12:30pm

The production team interviewed Ms Axxx, who’s an adoptive mum, and Bxxx (19 yrs old) who’s a Chinese adoptee about their relationships between, Guy questioned, if the story had happened to them how they react and do… physiologically and their thoughts…

Ms Mxxx, an adoptive mother,  gave her side of story when she adopted her disabled son fromChina through Special Needs Scheme.

Later on, one of the MBL team leaders LIN Ping contributed the culture and modern life in china, and her own family experience of live in between two cultures.

It was a vivid, interesting meeting and emotion discussions. The whole meeting last till 13.00pm which was one hour exceed.

 

Reported by MBL Team Leader: LIN Ping

There are some newest information about ‘One Child’,

please click HERE and HERE

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LSE China Development Forum 8th February 2014

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MBL’s at Chinese Festival Day – 19th Jan V&A Museum

On January 19th 2014, 10 volunteers from the Mothers’ Bridge of Love participated in the Chinese Festival Event held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, helping to run the event smoothly and successfully.

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image image MBL at V&A MBL at V&A1MBL, as a charity organization known for diminishing the cultural gap between the British and Chinese cultures especially for those British families that adopt Chinese children, made great contributions to this event in various ways. The 10 volunteers from MBL tried their best to provide a cross-culture support to all the activities. Among the volunteers some of them are native Chinese. They used their own knowledge to answer the questions raised by the families about China and provided language assistance to the Victoria and Albert Museum for the whole day. Besides that the MBL volunteers also provided general support in various corners of the museum, helping to guide the visitors and doing marketing for the events. Some of them also joined the activities directly and helped to run the workshops along with the official staffs of the museum.

On that day, a number of activities relate with Chinese culture such as the imagination station in which the family members should find out their Chinese zodiac according to their birthdate and create their family creature using imagination and kite-making workshops are held in the Museum to help the coming families learn more about traditional Chinese culture. Some MBL families also attended the Chinese cultural activities to enable their children have a deeper understanding about the Chinese civilization and arts.

After the whole day’s work, MBL members and volunteers reinforced our connection with the MBL families. Moreover, we also introduced the concepts and aim of our organization to some new families who are interested in the MBL. The museum highly appreciated the volunteers’ hard work. And the volunteers all feel rewarding.

 

 Reported by MBL volunteer Erica (Peng Yan)