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.)

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!