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.

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

Today is MBL’s 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.

Happy 15th Birthday, MBL!

MBL Founder Xinran’s message on International Children’s Day

Homes and childhoods live on in our memories, where there’re the warmth and cold of the four seasons, the fragrance of grass and plants, and unforgettable moments both bitter and sweet.

My friend, where is your homeland? Do you have an “unforgettable moment” from your childhood memories, carved into your bones?

I come from China, and my childhood memories from Beijing. But Beijing has changed so much now that my childhood memories are nothing but dreamlike fantasies, elusive as smoke.

In my childhood reminiscences, I don’t remember Beijing’s biting cold of minus 20 degrees Celsius. What I do recall are bingtanghulu candies held proudly in the hands of children wrapped up in great bundles of clothes, and the joy felt by young and old on the frozen lake of Beihai Park.

I don’t remember the mosquitoes that tormented me during Beijing summers. But I remember the cicadas’s endless singing at noon. To this day, I still think how wonderful it would be if we could understand what the insects are saying… 

Springs and summers spent in the Taoran Pavilion taught me my first lessons in colour and season. The stories of many elders have sprouted there with the growth of flowers and plants. Times have passed and circumstances have changed but these stories still whisper to me.

That was my childhood before the age of seven and a half. Those are the memories of Beijing planted in my childhood.

And later? The Cultural Revolution blackened the joy of my childhood and the warmth of my home. Today, after fifty-four years, I can still recall the horrors from that dark and turbulent period and the struggles of those cold days and nights when I felt like an orphan. Only when I started to read again at age twelve did I regain the warmth and energy needed for survival, from the stories and characters in books.

War and poverty today still plague children the world overbringing fear into their childhoods and homes. We may not be able to halt the raging conflicts or eradicate poverty, but each of us can send the gift of a book. In doing so, we can give children energy and spirit through stories and pictures, and plant dreams for their futures.

Thank you for supporting the Books for Kids project from Mothers’ Bridge of Love. Let’s work together as one to give more children a beautiful childhood.

I wish you all Happy Children’s Day on June 1st.

(A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers and translators for their beautiful translation of Xinran’s message: William Spence, Thecla Loh/Yihan Liu, and Dr. Yukteshwar Kumar. )