Mingda School is in Xiji County, Ningxia province and pays attention to rural education in northwest of China, in particular English education. The School provides a relaxing and healthy education environment for the left-behind children living in rural areas.I felt somewhat worried about beginning this topic. I was planning to teach the students about puberty. When I talked about it with the volunteers, they blushed. They asked me why we should talk about this subject with the children in remote areas. Why not? Why can't children in the remote areas accept such basic education?
I remembered when I was a middle school student, our teacher asked us to read books about puberty. But most of the students would only do the required homework, chat, or play, so I did not receive any education about puberty when I was a teenager. When I finally reached university, I found I had missed out on knowledge that I should have gained in middle school by reading those books.
Though the mountainous areas tend to have more conservative thoughts, we still hope our children can gain knowledge that is appropriate for their age. We should not avoid this important topic.
Though it was a lecture, the content was related to physical health. The volunteers attended this lecture with the students. They were told to speak freely, using words that they were normally too shy to speak. The children realized that there was nothing to be worried about.
Original article written by Fangding Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Vanne He
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All the children were very cooperative
From their expressions, I knew they could accept such knowledge calmly.
Volunteer Association of Tai’an City, Shandong Province was established in 2009, consisting of people from various sectors and university students. It is a non-profit social organization which aims to provide voluntary services to the society.
In July, we met people from other places. They stayed in Tai’an for a few days. Short gatherings like these always bring us much happiness.
Earlier, in June, volunteers planned the 2013 4th Summer Camp for AIDS orphans and submitted the plan to the CDC of Taishan District. The activity was approved. Later, the volunteers informed several other organizations about this activity and obtained their support.
According to the plan, we focused on several criteria for choosing our participants. In order to attend the camp, participants must 1) Be from a family impoverished by AIDS; 2) Have at least one parent who passed away from AIDS; 3) Be a student between the ages of 7 and 15. The activity aims to increase knowledge of how to be protected from HIV/AID and how to help people have a proper awareness of AIDS. This activity also provides an opportunity for AIDS orphans to come out from their villages. Through this activity, we hope the orphans can feel cared for and loved, and never feel alone. We want to encourage them to be brave and independent.
Original Article Written by Shan Cui, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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Hemophilia Home is a nonprofit located in Beijing. Established to improve the quality of life for patients with hemophilia, this nonprofit by collects knowledge on hemophilia and assists poor patients.
On August 12, Hemophilia Home held a counseling activity for the second time, aiming to promote social integration.
The purpose of the activity is to help the families of hemophilia patients build a good domestic atmosphere through scientific psychological counseling and professional swim training. Our goal is for children with hemophilia to enjoy a relaxed life with their parents.
The children who have this rare disease and their parents will encounter various problems in life. 3 psychologists were invited from the Red Maple Women and Children's Center to come to the activity and provide counseling services. Psychological support can help to ease their psychological burden.
The children and their parents received separate counseling in different rooms. They talked actively about accepting the strengths and weakness of the children and learned how to better communicate with each other.
The children were also asked to draw pictures of their homes and explain them. This activity helped the psychological teachers talk to their parents one-on-one later.
The children prepared a surprise for their parents at the end. Their parents were deeply moved.
Xi’an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work. The main office is in Xi’an, China. On August 15, 2013, a volunteer team made up of 6 members from Shanxi 029 Public Welfare Service Center visited a special family with 15 members in Mapaoquan village. This family is defined by the government as 'stricken', which means their family includes members that are mentally challenged, disabled, widowed or left-behind. They have not been educated. We have been calling for loving people to care and help the family and help us bring them daily necessities.
There are 3 elderly people living with three of their sons and 2 daughters-in-law. One of the sons and his wife work in the city, leaving their children at home. The eldest son has 6 children, of which the eldest daughter is 21 and mentally challenged. Her name is Nini, and she loves to smile, but we did not meet her on the day we visited the family. The second child is a boy. His name is Li Tongtong and is 19 years old. He is also mentally challenged and does not like talking. The third child is 13 and in Grade 5. He worked hard in school, but had to leave because the family did not have enough money to support his education. The 4th child is 6 and lovely. He is currently going to school, but the family cannot afford to continue his education. The 5th child is a girl, who is 3. The 6th child is 1 year old and does not have a name yet. It was hot outside, so the volunteers helped to wash the children and feed them, in addition to cleaning a minor wound on one of the children.
Original article written by Bin Kong, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Vanne He
People with leprosy are sent to isolated villages where they are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a special place in its heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to travel to villages plagued with leprosy in order to provide medical, living, and psychological assistance. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry is located in Kunming, Yunnan.With the help of TFish, Shalom provides a lot of help to leprosy patients living around Kunming. The organization helped to build a solar-powered bathroom for 12 rehabilitation clients living in the Yangquangou village of Yiliang county. We bought a three-wheel motorized cart for 5 rehabilitation clients in A Ziying, Kunming. We will soon provide rice for clients in the Volcano Village of Chuxiong prefecture.
Our goal is to learn how to provide better services and help for the rehabilitation of our clients. We recently received 30 new applications, so we traveled to Jinsuokang village, 100 kilometers away from Kunming. The place is a mountainous area with high altitude. The locals grow maize and potatoes. There are over 30 lepers and the natural village has about 100 people. We walked about 3 kilometers to reach the village. The village is seldom visited, so people were excited to see us and gathered around us. Here are some pictures of our visit.
Because it was our first time going to this place and it was raining, it was late afternoon when we arrived. The volunteers tried their best to provide services to the lepers who offered potatoes to us to express their gratitude. When we were leaving, they asked us about our next visit. They said that the rice is not growing so they hope we can provide 2 bags of rice for each household every year.
In July, our staff accompanied Wang Jiafu, a leper in the Yangquangou village, to his hometown and stayed there for 2 days to assist his rehabilitation in the village.
We will visit a leper village in the Stone Forest in August. This village is also seldom visited by people. They hope we can assist them with free medial exams. We are also plan to visit a leper village near the A Ziying village.
Original article written by Ping Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Last week, I had the privilege to coordinate a music camp for young students at my house, with the help of my friends. On Monday morning at 9:30am, 9 mini musicians arrived - five pianists, three violinists, and one cellist. The morning flew by as we proceeded to fill the time with private music lessons, duet time, composer stories, snacks, and games. The first day was slightly hectic as none of us were entirely sure of what we were doing, but with each passing day, it became easier to manage the students and transition from one activity to the next.
Overall, the camp was a success! The students each told me they had thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the camp, and we raised $1200 through camp tuition. All of it will go to Sahaya International: $1000 for constructing a house and the remaining $200 for 2 education scholarships.
Article by Lauren Kam
Xi'an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work.
At 8:02 on April 20, 2013, a 7-magnitude earthquake hit Ya’an of Sichuan Province.
On April 24, 2013, Shanxi 029 Public Welfare Service Center set off to the stricken areas with relief materials.
On April 26, 2013, we met a few families in Tianquan County. They did not have any tents for 7 days, because they were not local or from villages. Their 2 sons went to stricken areas, and they had to stay with their grandson and daughter-in-law.
The old man said this was the nicest meal he had had since the quake.
The Guizhou Dandelion Volunteer Teaching Center provides a professional platform for public welfare, attracting greater resources to poverty-stricken areas, improving education, and allowing more children from rural areas to receive care.
In April, our visits to volunteer teaching sites are ongoing. We hope all the children are healthy and growing. The following pictures show our visits:
We brought snacks when we visited volunteer teachers in Daliang Mountain, a remote rural area with material scarcity
Xiao Mei is a young girl on our team. Taking 5 bags, she had to take the train and bus, and walk about 5 hours to visit our volunteer teachers. Thank you!
Teacher Yu came to pick up Xiao Mei from the village. Then they walked along a rough mountainous road to the village. We hope they have a pleasant walking journey.
Xiao Mei brought materials on gender and safety education to the local students
Principal of Daliang Mountain Primary School with 2 volunteer teachers. Many thanks for their hard work in the school
Original article written by Guojing Qi, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Little Red Scarf provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle
He was lying in the bed the first time we saw Fuchao. He is 17, and his face looked dark. A big pair of eyes were bloodshot. We knew he was seriously ill. According to his father, he had pneumonia
when he was a baby, and his face turned purple. His parents knew something was wrong with his heart, but their family was too poor to afford the medical treatment. Fuchao could ride a bike when he was in the primary school, but he was unable to ride the bike when he grew up due to the lack of oxygen. The school is far away from his home, his mother suffers from mental problem and his father works in the city, so he had to drop out from school and help with some house chores. Unfortunately, he got a cerebral hemorrhage when he was 16. With a timely rescue, he survived, but left the family with heavy debts. Fuchao needed another surgery to repair his skull defect, but the family did not have any money for it.
Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Charity Team was established in May of 2009. It is a NGO working with students from poverty-stricken families.
Homes have been destroyed, but living is the greatest hope