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. )