Anhui Farmers' Cooperative is an organization for farmers' rights, and has undertaken several community development projects.
Before I joined the Transparent Fish Community, I had already heard of many aiding projects supported by The Ping & Amy Chao Family Foundation in Gansu and Sichan provinces. As I visited many other NGOs who got help from Transparent Fish, I felt it was a good platform committing to offer aid to those with need. As a new starter, I really hope I can learn a lot from experienced NGOs and help convey my affection to those in need.
I grew up in a rural family. Years of country life has endowed me with warmheartedness as many rural people always help each other selflessly. Then I chose to study Social Work, hoping that I could extend hope to people in difficult positions. After two years of theoretical study, in the third year, I got a chance to participate in some NGO programs. On July 2008, after the devastating earthquake, I became a volunteer of pairing-assistance program to Qipangou High School in Wenchuan. During my voluntary work, I found that my knowledge of and experience with social work were far enough, and I gradually developed deep feelings for social work.
With full enthusiasm to help people in earthquake-stricken areas, I became a member of the post-disaster reconstruction project initiated by Beijing Normal University in Mianzhu, Sichan. We share joys and setbacks together, but the most memorable thing is that our passion and devotion kept us going so far. In 2010, I went back to Chongqing and did administrative work in a street office. It is a great change from being a volunteer to being an office clerk, and it required much effort to adapt to my new role. But I still keep my concerns on social work; whatever the future will be, it is my commitment to myself. This August, I became a volunteer in Xinyue Senior Citizen Work Center, which unfolded a new era in my life. Passion alone cannot sustain long-term devotion to social work; I need to further hone my experience and capability. Anyway, I believe we are moving towards a better future and more work is still needed for us to finish.
Original Article written by Wan Tan, translated by Shi Shi Ma, edited by US interns Lauren Kam and Emily Cheng.
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