新年快乐，恭贺新禧，蛇年大吉，万事如意！Happy Chinese New Year – Year of Snake (蛇)!
MBL London Head Office
Dear MBL friends:
MBL London Head Office wishes you and your family a Happy New Year!
Here we would like to forward a New Year Message from MBL founder Xinran to you ALL:
Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year!)
It’s very difficult for me to let 2012 pass since it was an unforgettable year for MBL and also has given me so many friends during work with MBL adoptive families, media talks, the worldwide book tours, and the universities’ lectures.
Great thanks to those Chinese adoptees and MBL families for sharing their stories with us and their trust to MBL!
Meanwhile, respects to MBL’s growing volunteer teams – London SOAS/LSE/King’s College/Queen Mary, Cambridge, Oxford, and Bath University, MBL Nanjing BaiXia Children Centre, and many newly joined volunteers from different places in China and around the world!
Without your help and support, MBL’s mission would be only in words on piece of paper! You ALL have made a wonderful MBL 2012 as history makers!
2013 is a little dragon year – can we call it “baby dragon year”? We all need some time to grow our ideas, passion and love! Looking forward to your continuous Love to our Chinese children! Please contact us if you would like to support MBL!
MBL in 2012
From London Head Office, guided by MBL Trustees Ching-He Huang, Jeremy Gordon and Toby Eady.
• For Adoptive Families, MBL volunteers have helped so many families to confirm their Adoption Documents and Family Roots Information! We didn’t realise that before — MBL could be everywhere for western adoptive families’ needs in China!
• For Disadvantaged Children in China, MBL supported 8 Children’s Libraries in Sichuan. It’s always wonderful to see beautiful and happy smiling on children’s faces!
• For MBL Volunteers, we provided opportunities for them to get involved in London Book Fair – China Year; Language support during the Olympics and MBL events for adoptive families with their beloved Chinese kids in different countries. They also got supported by MBL Workshop and Training sessions.
MBL in 2013
For Adoptive Families
• Adoption Documents and Family Roots Information checking for MBL family members.
• An MBL new project called “Who Am I” (see post to follow), which is to benefit Chinese adoptees, western born Chinese, and even anyone who adopted other cultures apart from their original culture in their daily life.
• MBL & Xinran’s meeting Adoptees and MBL Families in different countries:
For Disadvantaged Children in China ( Contact Us for more details)
• Setting up a team to collect updated information of Orphanages in different places in China. So we could find out how to help/support those Orphans in different situations more effectively.
• Funding more Children’s Libraries in rural areas in China.
• MBLers will team up as a group to make a Post-Donation Visit to those 8 children’s libraries in Sichuan, China. (Date: TBD)
For MBL Volunteers
• Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Campus, Workshops & Trainings ( Contact Us if you want to host one at your University/Organisation)
• Other Events & Activities
Well, well…We all know that there is always more coming than we planned! But don’t forget, there will be an MBL Chinese New Year Celebration in February and an MBL X’mas Party in December for children, families, volunteers, and friends! (Please Contact Us …if you are interested in Sponsorship/Partnership with those events)
Have a great 2013 ahead!
XIAO Li 肖莉
MBL London Head Office
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Xinran, the Guardian 2011 World Top 100 Women, and the founder of MBL, met Nicole from Québec, Canada…one of the authors of “The Red Thread” – Messages to the Mothers of our Children Born in China” in London in September 2011 and was kindly invited to write the preface for this beautiful book. Eventually this book was published in its French version “Le fil rouge – Pour les mères de nos enfants nés en Chine” in early 2012.
The book begins with Xinran’s heartfelt writing about her many years’ research and experience with adoptive families with Chinese children all over the world, and the amazing work and activities that her charity The Mothers’ Bridge of Love has been doing since it was set up in 2004 in th UK. Then it is followed by an introduction to the historical and social context that led to the adoption of Chinese children by Western families. The main body of the book consists of twenty anonymous testimonials by the adoptive parents to the birth mothers of their children born in China…with lots of joy and tears.
Thanks for sharing those lovely “Red Thread” stories with MBLers all over the world…and also it is amazing that MBL’s LOGO – a beautiful Chinese Knot is made of Red Thread as well!
MBL London Head Office
MBL’s great friend, Mr Al Vandenberg, recently passed away. “A Celebration of Al” was held on Thursday 29th March at 12 pm. People remember him as a great father of two, a great photographer and a lover of Chinese people. He loved China madly, from reciting the Tao Te Jing, to taking photos of Chinese people…
See his pictures at http://alvandenberg.com
It was MBL’s founder, Xinran, whose support letter helped him to apply for funding from the British Council so that he could go to China three times. From those trips he produced a collection photos about China, and MBL arranged lots of volunteers to support his photo shoots. Some of the volunteers were children from Nanjing BaiXia Children’s Palace, which is now MBL’s base in China. 57 of those photos have been bought by the V&A museum and will be exhibited in July 2012.
Al Vandenberg will be truely missed by MBLers and many friends in China…
MBL London Head Office
With the Mothers’ Bridge o f Love (MBL) China team, we are organising book donations for MBL Library Project – mainly for schools in very rural areas in China. The Library Project Report above is about our latest establishment of 8 MBL Children’s Libraries in Ya’an, Sichuan, China.
We have learnt from our previous, difficult experience with MBL’s last library proejct – when over 700 books from outside of China were rejected by the Customs authority (according to Chinese regulations, only packages of less than 10 books can be imported per mail package).
This time we would like to encourage MBL’s supporters all over the world to donate any amount of MONEY to MBL, so we can buy books locally, without facing any further regulatory barriers.
Please help us by making a donation and / or by sharing this message with your contacts.
If you would like to make a donation please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or post your cheque to the following address (if specifically for the MBL Library Project, please note this on the cheque):
The Mothers’ Bridge of Love
9 ORME COURT
LONDON W2 4RL
Or WIRE the money to
Account Name：The Mothers’ Bridge of Love (MBL)
Sort Code: 400607
SWIFT Code: MIDL GB2142E
If you would like to send books directly to China, please send picture books (new or used, less than 10 per package) and images of daily life, culture and heritage from around the world to the following address:
Mrs Zhu Li
Room 605, Building 71,
Baixia district, Nanjing,
PR China 210016
Thank you from all the young readers!
Ching He-Huang, is one of MBL’s Trustees, as well as being an entrepreneur and well-known TV chef!
The See Britain campaign is designed to showcase the best of modern Britain in the run up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Capitalising on the increased international attention there is in the UK as host country.
The campaign has produced a series of short stories with ‘ credible witnesses,’ mainly individuals from overseas with strong links to the UK talking about their experiences of modern Britain. There are a few Brits too. The aim is to reach as many people as possible with the videos and their messages.
See what Ching has to say here:
Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjXQIc8sFeY
We are always trying to hlep create links for adoptive families with Chinese children, and so want to highlight relevant organisations, such as Families with Children from China (in the US). The following is from their website:
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN FROM CHINA
Celebrate Educate Advocate
“We are a vibrant community of families united by the experience of adopting children from China. We honor our children’s heritage, celebrate the diversity of our families, and advocate for their acceptance and respect.
Through events, publications, online resources and community activities:
We encourage adoption by providing information and sharing our experiences
We help families learn about China and Chinese culture to strengthen our children’s pride in their background and heritage
We sponsor programs that support the evolving needs of our families and assist our children as they grow to understand their life stories
We provide assistance to children who remain in China’s orphanages
We promote awareness of our community’s concerns to schools, governmental bodies, cultural nstitutions, Asian American organizations, adoption agencies, and other groups
Families with Children from China is a 501 c(3) tax exempt organization”
See them online at:
The latest edition of The Economist looks at “Gendercide” and the problems of gender imbalances in China, India and other areas, due to gender selection and a cultural preference for boys over girls. The article notes:
“…all countries need to raise the value of girls. They should encourage female female education; abolish laws and customs that prevent daughters inheriting property; make examples of hospitals and clinics with impossible sex ratios; get women engaged in public life—using everything from television newsreaders to women traffic police. Mao Zedong said “women hold up half the sky.” The world needs to do more to prevent a gendercide that will have the sky crashing down.”
It continues coverage with “The worldwide war on baby girls” and quotes a tragic passage from Xinran’s latest book (Xinran is MBL’s founder).
Of course many little girls from China are given up for adoption, and end up overseas in western families. MBL has worked to help Chinese children in China, as well as families who have adopted children from China and who want to learn more about the culture. We will be sharing some of their stories on this blog.