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
Ark Welfare is a non-profit established in Hechi City, Guangxi, that encourages people to get involved in public service and respond to the needs of their communities.
On July 13, 2013, setting out from Dahua County, volunteers arrived at the Youqi Center Primary School after a 2 hour ride.
When we came to You Meirong’s house, she was not at home. All the villagers here are hard-working, even the older villagers. They leave home early and come back quite late. Her neighbors told us she works somewhere in the mountain. We waited for her at the door of her house. When she came back, she looked healthy and was happy to see us. She told us that she sold her blender in order to pay for electricity in her house. She also lacks clothes and shoes. We asked the local volunteer teachers to bring these articles to her later.
There is an old woman in the village who is paralyzed from the waist down. She can only walk by swinging her hips. Though her life has many limitations, she is still optimistic and faces life with smile. She infected all of us with her positive energy.
For these elderly people that live alone, we are their children. We hope to visit them often and bring them warmth and love.
Original article written by Chan Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
You are cordially invited to visit TFish at the...
2013 Mountain View Arts & Wine Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th, 2013
10:00 am: Start of Festival
6:00 pm: End of Festival
Swing by to say hi, color a fish and catch up with our TFish Team. Forward to all your friends!
Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for women in rural areas. Ms.Zhou’s main office is in Tanshan, Hebei province.
A Hua is over 40, and she is a successful entrepreneur. She came to see me because she has problems in her marriage. We had been communicating via QQ. She invited me to meet her after she learned I had been in the public welfare sector for over 10 years.
A Hua started to work when she was 16 and sold plastic flowers to make a living. “I earned only a few yuan a day and there was a lot of bitterness in my life.” Now she is successful and has her own company, car, and house. Her child is studying abroad.
“My material life has become better, but I still feel something is missing. For years, I have wanted to do something for society, but I do not have a lot of formal education, and I do not know how I can help others.”
Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
During the summer and winter holidays, many children visit the nursing home with their greetings. Even though they may only stay for an hour, they try their best to do something nice for the elderly residents.
Giving up one hour of internet surfing to talk with the elderly; giving up one hour of playing outside with their classmates to prepare an activity for the elderly people. One hour is small for a child, but it is precious for an old man. Under the instruction of Xinyue, 20 volunteers from 3 middle schools planned an activity to stay with the elderly people for one hour. They are young, but their ability to prepare and organize is amazing. At 9:30 on July 29, the activity started. At the beginning, the performances of the small volunteers were reserved, but with the encouragement of the elderly people, they became confident with their performances. The elderly people interacted actively with the volunteers despite their age gap. The activity was extended to 1.5 hours.
We hope that this hour brought more smiles to the senior citizens, and we also hope the volunteers will learn something from this activity. The children are learning how to pass their love on. We know this will create shock waves.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Myasthenia Gravis Care Association is dedicated to caring and helping those that suffer from myasthenia gravis, an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue.
We support transparent public welfare. Who are we? Where are we? We decided to participate in this activity recently held by TFish after they asked for help from their partners.
Myasthenia Gravis Care Association is a strong supporter, promoter and practitioner of “transparent finance and public welfare." We collected some pictures of us participating in the activity. Some of them are pictures of our patients and some of them are children of volunteers. We hope TFish grows even bigger so they can help more needy people.
Original article written by Wenyu Li, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Mingda School 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.
It rained a lot this summer holiday. We planned to enroll students on the 8th, and begin classes on the 10th, but the rain lasted for several days. We had prepared for the students to come enroll, but they could not access the school from the village. On the 5th rainy day, we went to the village, but it began to rain the next day. We were not sure how long the rain would last. The weather forecast was confusing. The experienced villagers said it would rain for many days.
A volunteer from Shanxi Normal University could not afford so much leisure time so she asked to leave early. She agreed to stay for one more week, but we still could not start to enroll the students. The children had just started their holiday, and they needed to rest for some time. The rain added many inconveniences to life in the village. The volunteer decided to walk 3 kilometers to the village, the only place that has a bus to the city. She told me she didn't need me to accompany her to the bus station. It rained the whole night, and it was still raining in the morning when she left. Luckily, she sent me a text alerting me to her safe arrival in Xi’an.
The students at Ningxia Normal University are taking their final exams. The final exams come late at this school. Perhaps these students need more time to prepare. Most of the university students went back home afterwards or found summer jobs. I am wondering when the volunteer teachers will come here. I cannot get a confirmed answer whenever I call. Maybe they need more time to take care of their own things.
Original article written by Fangding Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
TFish Fund invites you to have dinner with us at Sweet Tomatoes on August 29th from 5-8pm! For every meal purchased Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of the proceeds to TFish causes. Give yourself a night off from making dinner and join us for a good cause.
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When: August 29, 5-8pm
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Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and 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.
I am as strong as you are and will try my best to fulfill my dreams. You can witness the change that has happened to me, which has encouraged me a lot. You can witness my development.
Thank you for all of your support. Now I am as healthy as you are, with a strong heart and normal skin.
Original article written by Yujie Yun, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
Hemophilia Home is a nonprofit established to improve the quality of life for patients with hemophilia by collecting knowledge on hemophilia and assisting poor patients. Hemophilia Home is in Beijing, China.
On July 22, 2013, a sunny day, a group of special children gathered at the gate of the Beijing Aquarium with their parents. They are children with hemophilia, gathered to attend an activity held by One Fund.
The activity aimed to provide an opportunity for the children to participate in a collective activity away from their home. Activities like this can play a significant role in their development, enhancing their perception of the external environment and helping them develop more optimistic personalities.
At 9:00 in the morning, children and their parents gathered at the meeting place on time. The staff gave them T-shirts, then headed into the aquarium. Stepping through the aquarium gate, the children sensed the ambiance of the sea immediately. They were very excited and looked around with great curiosity. Once inside, they got to know the fish, went through an undersea tunnel and looked up at the great white shark together.
The aquarium arranged a marine animal performance for all of us. For the convenience of the children in wheelchairs, they reserved the front seats. We felt warmed by the special attention they gave us. During the tour, the guide led the children through the labyrinth-like aquarium, from the undersea world to the marine theater. The children sat quietly in the theater and enjoy watching the performances of the white shark, sea lions and dolphins. If we could provide a world as inclusive as the sea, we know we would always see them smiling.
During the lunch break, the children colored fish cards for TFish, thankful for all of TFish's support. The fish drawn by the children were as vivid as the ones in the aquarium.
Original article written by Teng Xue, translated and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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