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. )




Chinese Paper Boats containing ‘secret messages’ to unknown mothers at the Essex Book Festival

Do you remember when we were young, and would make little origami boats? Not long ago, MBL organised for a group of Chinese children to make 1000 boats containing written messages to unknown mothers. With the help of our volunteers, these were brought to the UK, and the Essex Book Festival.

All hand-made by Chinese children, these paper boats are extra special because they contain ‘secret messages’ to unknown mothers.

On 31 March – Mother’s Day in the UK – MBL co-founder Xinran visited the Essex Book Festival to celebrate with Festival organisers and friends. These 1000 boats were transformed into a ’Mothership Installation’ by local artist Elaine Tribley at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford. Festival organiser Ros Green said that MBL’s boats had touched many visitors. The Mothership really captured people’s attention, with many hoping the Installation could stay on for at least another month!

Ros also proposed collecting boats from other parts of the world, and exhibiting in other places. Because in this digital age, it is even more important for family affection to be conveyed through art and culture.

We are very grateful to the MBL China Volunteer Centre, the MBL Suzhou team, and MBL’s three international branches for organising both the making of the boats and bringing them to the UK. We thank them for their hard work and dedication!




3月31日,2019英国母亲节之日,母爱桥创建者之一的薛欣然女士赶往Essex Book Fair,与当地文化团体庆祝母亲节。

母爱桥加盟埃塞克斯艺术节的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”被艺术家Elaine Tribley设计成“亲子艺术流”展示在Chelmsford城市剧场。

据埃塞克斯艺术节的组织者Ros Green介绍,来自母爱桥中国孩子们的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船”感动了众多来访者。人们络绎不绝,赞叹留影,并希望继续保留母爱桥的“1000只载着心语游向世界母亲的小船组成的亲子艺术流”展,至少再多展示一个月!

Ros Green 还提议征集更多国家儿童的“献给世界母亲的心语小船”,并且在更多的地区巡展。因为在数字化的时代中,家庭亲情的交流更需文明艺术的传载和传承。


MBL wishes you a very happy Mother’s day!

Happy Mother’s Day! Mother’s Day falls on different days depending on the countries where it’s celebrated. In the UK,  it’s 31 March this year.

Since its birth, MBL has been reaching out to Chinese children in all corners of the world: those who have been adopted by Western families, those who have been raised abroad, and those living in China. As of today, MBL has built 27 international libraries for underprivileged children in rural China, and has helped many adoptive families and adopted children understand and explore China. Among MBL’s volunteers and supporters, many are mothers. We’re forever grateful for their love and commitment.

Mothers, you deserve the best. Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day. 母亲节快乐!

(A big thank you to our talented volunteer, Yifeng, for designing the lovely holiday card.)