Artwork by Maya Cedergren, aged 11, 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.)