The Youth Social Responsibility Development Center works with university students to improve public welfare, encouraging more students to care about their community, join relevant organizations, and participate in public welfare activities.
To the respectable staff of Toumingyu office:
On behalf of the Youth Social Responsibility Development Center, I would like to present our gratitude for Toumingyu's support in the coming of the Chinese New Year. We would like to pay our respect and appreciation to the staff from Toumingyu for their high efficiency and responsibility.
In order to ensure financial transparency, the TFish partnership includes three stages of collaboration: TFish Friend, TFish Associate Member, and TFish Strategic Partner. The exciting news below, provided by our executive director Nancy Nguyen, concerns four NGOs that were recently upgraded to become TFish Strategic Partners.
Exciting news! Four of our partner organizations have qualified to become Transparent Fish Strategic Partners. They are the following:
Zhou Yong Hong Counseling Center: http://www.toumingyu.org/group.php?group_id=381
AnHui Farmers’ Cooperative: http://www.toumingyu.org/community/440/
Grass-Roots Experts: http://www.toumingyu.org/community/277/
Light of Love: http://www.toumingyu.org/group.php?group_id=320
On behalf of Transparent Fish, I express my sincere gratitude towards their cooperation and support. We are very pleased by our common vision and aspiration to serve those in need. Let us work together and do our best! We all know that there are many excellent NGOs on this platform, as there are many interesting projects and touching stories. We look forward to receiving more updates from our new Strategic Partners and continuing to promote them.
TFish Executive Director
Original news article translated by TFish staff Shishi Ma, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
The author, Xhao Xiaoping
The following is a translated community article from one of our TFish contributors, Zhao Xiaoping. It highlights the idea of giving and what it means to truly give. Find the original story here.
In the philosophy of love, giving comes first, but merely giving does not really define what love is. To understand giving in its entirety--what to give, to whom to give, who gives, and how to give--is something worth personally experiencing and pondering about all our life.
For some, “giving” is painful; it is an action of sacrificing oneself for the success of another. Therefore, those who have the “transaction personality” will usually refuse to give because they want to gain something in return. In contrast, others think that sacrificing is a virtue; although giving can be painful, it is still necessary to sacrifice. Thus, it is a virtue when we give, even if the individual receives nothing in the end. Giving is never something to regret!
However, we now need to truly understand the universal meaning of “giving.” To explain this phenomenon, Fromm created an insightful explanation: “Giving is the fullest presentation of human ability. Through giving I have felt my own power, treasure, and ability. This power of life and consequent sublimation completely fills me with joy. I’m happy because I myself feel that I’m abundant, rich, and full of vitality. ‘Giving’ is much more rewarding than ‘receiving.’ Giving has not felt like a sacrifice because through the process of giving has my vitality shown!”
Every quarter, our executive director Nancy writes a short article to update TFish friends and partners about the most recent progress that Transparent Fish has made.
T-Fish has already helped partners Wild Lily and Little Red Scarf CARE finish fundraising for the first quarter.
These two organizations have provided materials such as stories, photos, and financial reports to display transparency with their activities. T-Fish has processed these materials into a donor’s book, which will go towards operating oversees fundraising initiatives.
As of yesterday, T-Fish has helped raise $1333 for the Wild Lily’s “One Egg Plan” for the first quarter of year 2012. Along with this, T-Fish will be funding $1715 for the administrative costs of Wild Lily, for a total funding of $3048.
T-Fish has successfully helped raise a total of $2953 for Little Red Scarf CARE. The funds have covered: scholarships for 5 students; costs for special sicknesses; and gifts, nutrition, and study tools for post-surgery recovery.
Everyone can see information about fundraisers, amount of funds, and supporting projects on the right side of the platform of T-Fish. Details of donations can also be accessed by logging onto the T-Fish fundraising website (www.tfishfund.org). We welcome your attention and inquiry.
We thank all of our colleagues for their support! We also encourage each organization to post its project and service stories on our T-Fish platform. We look forward to further interaction with each organization and hope to establish a strategic, cooperative partnership. Let’s build the future of NGOs together!
-- Original article translated by TFish Staff Shishi Ma; edited by U.S. Intern Isabel Auyeung.
The following is an interview, conducted by the T-Fish staff, of the leader of a farmer's rights NGO in China. Learn more about this organization here!
: Hello everyone, this is the Transparent Fish broadcasting office; this is our 11th interview. Transparent Fish is committed to providing free technology, marketing, fundraising, and management consulting services to help NGOs. Today, it is our honor to have Mr. YangYunbiao from NanTangXingNong Coorperation, from FuYang, Anhui Province. First, let’s have Mr. Yang give us a brief self-introduction.Mr. Yang
: I’m from a village in FuYang, Anhui Province. Right now, about over 400 people from 4-5 villages have joined this cooperation.T-Fish
: Why did you establish such a cooperation?Mr. Yang
: It’s very interesting that every group in this society has an organization helping them to protect their rights. For example, whether they are women, workers, or consumers, they all have their own organizations. But when farmers’ rights get transgressed, there’s no one who stands up and says something. It once crossed my mind that I could start an organization to protect the rights of the farmers. With this thought, I gathered some people who shared my views, and we went to the local government to register our organization. I was surprised to find out that there was no law in China to support such kind of initiative. It was not until 2007 that China finally had laws to protect farmer's rights.
The T-Fish team in China periodically interviews NGOs that are doing excellent work on the field. The following is an interview of the Hua Kai Institution, which provides after-school services to children. To watch the original interview, please go here.
: Transparent Fish Fund is committed to free technology, marketing, fundraising, and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. It is our honor to have the founder of the Hua Kai Cultural Public Welfare Institution, Mr. Yu Zhong Chun, here with us today. Can you introduce yourself?Mr. Yu
: Hello! I am the founder of the Hua Kai Cultural Public Welfare Institution. Children usually call me brother Yu.T-Fish
: Why did you choose to go into public service?Mr. Yu
: It is said that people who help others also help themselves. Early on I considered going into public service, but it never really happened because there weren’t many public welfare organizations at the time. Later, after being a volunteer at an NGO, I managed to find a way.T-Fish
: What inspired you to create a cultural welfare program?Mr. Yu
: I love reading, so I wanted more children to have the opportunity to read. I realized that many children are laborers; after school, they didn't have good places to go to, so I wanted to somehow help their lives become more interesting and colorful outside of school. After I established the organization, I found out that many children do not really like to read. They enjoy playing more, perhaps due to the fact their parents do not pay much attention to them. Playing is also very important for children because you learn a lot through social interactions with other people.
Continuing with the NGO Spotlight Interview Series, the following is an interview of Miss Jorgenson, a representative from Operation Smile. You can access the original interview here.
: The Transparent Fish is committed to providing free technical, marketing, fundraising, and management consulting services to help NGOs. Today, it’s our honor to have Miss Julia Jorgenson, the program development coordinator from Operation Smile.Miss Jorgenson
: Hi my name is Julia Jorgenson, and I work for Operation Smile here in Beijing. I do development work for China.T-Fish
: What made you go into this work?Miss Jorgenson
: I started when I was young. My mother was very much into volunteering, so I started working with her when I was young. When I was 18, my first year in college, hurricane Katrina hit in New Orleans, and my brother and I both got involved in volunteering work.T-Fish
: So how did you end up in Operation Smile?Miss Jorgenson
: I just moved here to China just to find any sort of job. My brother works for Operation Smile as a program coordinator, so I met him and some other volunteers, and I went with them with their medical missions to India. That was my first experience with them.
The following is an interview of the Mu Lan Community Center, an organization that provides social services to the working class and their children. To view the original interview in Chinese, please go here.
: Transparent Fish is committed to providing free technology, marketing, fundraising, and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. It is our honor to have the founder of the Beijing Mu Lan Community Center, Ms. Qi Li Xia, here with us today. Could you introduce yourself, Ms. Qi?Miss Qi
: Hello everyone! It’s a pleasure to be here today. My name is Qi Li Xia, and I am from the Henan province. A few years ago, as a working person, I got a chance to be a volunteer. I really found the work to be meaningful, and since then, I've been taking on public service jobs.T-Fish
: What inspired you to start this activity center?Miss Qi
: While I was working outside of my hometown I met many fellow blue collar workers. I realized that there weren't too many public welfare organizations serving these working sisters. So, I thought of starting an organization myself! The three ladies who established this organization with me came up with the name "Mu Lan", because we thought the name was symbolic of our hopes and expectations. First of all, Mu Lan is a flower that represents womanhood (in China). Secondly, Mu Lan is a famous legendary figure who possessed many characteristics similar to those of our sisters - for example, working far away from home and making great contributions to her family and society. I hope that we sisters can be as brave and courageous as Mu Lan, challenging old, oppressive traditions and pursuing self-independence. It is our hope that more and more workers and their children can receive our services.
The following is an interview, conducted by the TFish staff, of the Xing Xing Yu organization in China, an NGO that serves children with autism. To view the original interview in Chinese, please click here.
: Hello everyone, this is the Transparent Fish broadcasting office. Welcome to our 2nd interview in the NGO spotlight series. The Transparent Fish Fund is committed to providing free technology, marketing, and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. Today, it is our honor to have the executive officer of Xing Xing Yu, Mr. Sun Zhong Kai, here with us.T-Fish
: What is autism? What is the current situation of autism among children in China?Mr. Sun
: The problem with autistic people is that they do not know how to interact with other people. The three main symptoms include affected language, behavior, and a narrow range of interests. The reason for this problem is not well-known, and internationally the statistics show that 6 out of 1000 people have this problem, a relatively large group of people. We now have over 3000 families receiving training and consultations at Xing Xing Yu.
The Transparency Fish in China conducts interviews with various grassroots NGO's to gain a more thorough understanding of their activities and to highlight them to the public. The following is an edited transcript of TFish's first interview in its NGO Spotlight series, featuring China-Dolls (瓷娃娃).
TFish: The Transparent Fish Fund is committed to free technology support, marketing, fundraising and management consulting servies to help grassroot NGO's. We are honored to invite a representative of one such NGO, China-Dolls. Please welcome Mr. Chuntian Zhang and Ms. Ruihong Wei. Could you please briefly introduce yourselves?
China-Dolls: Hello everyone, my name is Zhang Chuntian. I am responsible for publicity for China-Dolls.
And my name is Wei Ruihong, and I work for the care services department in China-Dolls.
TFish: I am aware that although China-Dolls was officially launched in 2008, Mr. Zhang began working on it in 2007. It has now been several years since then. Would you like to share some stories of your successes, as well as your challenges?
China-Dolls: China-Dolls is still a very young organization, and it has experienced many hardships and difficulties. However, we have been elated with our progressing achievement. For example, one hundred children have received medical assistance from us, and nearly a hundred more have even received one on one donations, including those to advocate children's public education. However, we have faced several difficulties. For instance, we are in need of even more resources if we want to meet our patients' needs more quickly.