In October, 2015, Shalom organized 2 activities which lasted for 4 days. 50 clients were served by TFish and Shalom.
Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry: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.
1. Visit Shuigou Village, Xundian County.
From October 22 to 23, Shalom organized 7 volunteers and visited Shuigou village. they spent 2 days with 30 lepers.
The lepers had been expecting the volunteers as usual by gathering on the yard. They greeted each other. On arriving, the volunteers began to serve the lepers. They were going to stay one night, so they had enough time to serve the patients.
The patients were waiting on the line. They do not have doctors in the village, so they hoped more doctor can come and help them.
Liang Ping prepared medicines according to their needs. She would prepared relevant medicines beforehand. Apart from the medicines, the patients hoped Liang Ping does acupuncture therapy for them, which would alleviate their pains. Liang Ping had planned to do nice treatment for the needy patients as she had enough time.
Liang Ping was checking solar-powered bath system. The bath room is the significant event of the village this year, which is also the first big construction of Shalom. The solar-powered bath room would bring convenient for the villagers. That means they can take a hot water bath as us. Their hope could not have come true if there were not the support of TFish and Mr. and Mrs Zhao. They were holding a thank-you letter to thank TFish and Mr. and Mrs. Zhao.
Though they could not smile as us, for their face nerves had been hurt, they expressed their gratefulness for TFish with their hearts.
Patients were waiting on the line. They do not have doctors in the village
Xiao Long was working at his BBQ restaurant
Compassion Nayong Public Welfare is based on Nayong, a poverty-stricken area in Guizhou Province. Taking the network as the platform, it carries out various public welfare activities to aid education.
In the morning of June 19, Nayong did donation for 2 libraries from Qingjiao Primary School and Meihua Primary. Money for 2 primary schools came from pocket money of 2 children. The library in Meihua Primary School was named Xiuping Library and the one in Qingjiao Primary School was named Yaya Library. 915 volumes of books worth of 25176.9 RMB were donated to Meihua Primary School. 894 volumes of books worth 25296.60MRB were donated to Qingjiao Primary School.
At the donation ceremony of Qingjiao Primary School, the principal gave speech, “it is a special day which have been expecting by all of us. Mr. Aijing donated books to our library. Mr. Aijing and his wife and children came to our school, which shows their care and love for us. It is an inspiration for us. They wanted our children to know the world by reading books. With this, we will be no longer hungry and cold……”
The children are happy with books. Mr. Aijing told the students to read more. The more they read the books, the better. He would bought new when these were worn out.
Original article written by Weina Wang, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
With the support of TFish, the project aims to support with micro loans to housewives from a poverty-stricken village in Huining county, Gansu province. It will promote income and provide development opportunities to women in the villages
On June 2, 2015, 2 teachers from TFish and a development worker from Qingyuan Rural Development went to Lucha village. They did evaluation job for micro loans for women. For 3 days, they visited households and did interviews and video for 20 households. They got to know situations on development micro loans for women in villages. Meanwhile, they learned more about the life situation of women in the village.
Women from 20 households joined micro loan project. All of them chose husbandry forming. 2 households would raise cow and 18 households would raise sheep. The families have bought 2 sheep to develop the project.
Changes in the village: When villagers talked about the project, they would mentioned about the project. They became aware of the project.
Villager A, “when I had the loan, I bought a female sheep the next day and 2 lambs. Then I bought another sheep. The lambs grew up and the price raised. A lamb can earn 200RMB more.”
Villager B, “I bought 2 sheep with the loan and they gave birth to a lamb. One of the sheep was dead. It was pity. When the lamb become bigger, I can sell for a good price.”
Villager C, “I bought 2 female sheep and one of them gave birth to 2 lambs. The female sheep just fed one lamb, so I had to buy a few bags of milk powder for it. Now the lamb always follows us. We became sheep mother.”
Original article written by Cunjun Ma, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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.
Senior citizens need differently from one to another, though they look the similar. Social workers should listen to them carefully and patiently, knowing their stories and found different needs.
During the senior citizen visits, the social workers got to know Grandpa Tang and Grandpa Yu wished to install denture. They do not have any children or family members, so they hoped our social workers could help them. They expressed their teeth fell out one by one. Now they could only eat soft food and could not speak clearly. To help them to fulfill their wish, our social workers began to found useful information and materials from internet. Finally, a company agreed to help. When the social workers told the senior citizens the good news, they were very happy. Grandpa Tang joked they would eat tough things in the future.
In the afternoon of April 15, the social workers left their work and accompanied 2 senior citizens to the clinic. They consulted doctor and began to accept therapy. After one week therapy, Grandpa Tang’s denture was completed and Grandpa Yu’s was on going.
The hope of the children is dream, for they have opportunity to fulfill. The hope of senior citizens is wish, for they may not have opportunity to fulfill. Social workers should be good listeners and resources coordinators, trying their best to help the senior citizens to fulfill their hopes.
Original article written by Ling Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu and Yunnan 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.
On August 25, I saw Yan Yan the first time in her hospital room. She was getting oxygen. Her skin was white, with very delicate features, her black hair was combed nicely into two braids with bangs neatly falling on her forehead. She looks like a cute and quite little girl. Her mom was taking of care her at the hospital alone. When her mother saw me, she immediately expressed her gratitude towards Little Red Scarf. Then she started telling her difficulties as we are her family. She said Yan Yan is not able to get off the bed by herself but hospital has already discharged her. Her medications were also reduced since yesterday. She was worried about Yan Yan will not recover fully. I was trying to comfort her by saying there should be no problems to worry since the doctor felt she is ready to go home, she will gradually recover as long as she follows doctor's instruction.
After investigating Yan Yan's situation, I asked the mother to fill out some information. The mother said she does not know how to write, so I have to help her to do the paperwork. However, I was not able to complete it because of Yu Chung Jia 's teacher came to deliver some information and Yu Zai who lives on his own but haven't signed the hospital discharge paper yet came on the appointed time as well. When I was about the resume my writing, Yan yan's brother who works in Kunming came to visit his sister. He was very careful preparing fruit for her sister to eat.
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.
When worked with school, the teachers and principal said they had tight class timetable and it was not easy to complete teaching tasks in a week.
We did not have much experience working at schools, so we had to hear what they said which seemed reasonable to us. When we thought for the second time, we could not help thinking the reason for such situation. The traditional teaching methods made students learn passively.
As the cooperating school is a primary school and the participants are students from 2 grade-five classes. We did not start our teaching time with traditional methods. We watched them and tried to know what they were interested in, so that we could improve their capacity and grades in an easy way. For some time, we found they learned more from what they were interested in.
With the information, we organized timetable. The picture above is about the story triggered the interesting of the students. They did not prepare paper, so when the instruction was sent, they learned to solve problem in a quick way. The girl named Lingling took out 2 pieces of paper and started to fold a little vegetable basket.
It took a few steps to fold a basket. Apart from its shape, she had to make some decoration. We could see she was doing a nice basket which she did carefully. When I was watching Lingling doing handicraft, I reminded I had watching the children in the city who did their handicrafts with fine materials. The things were nice, but there was something missed which might be spirit or emotions.
It’s better to cooperate in their interested learning atmosphere for children. They were willing to share when they were happy. The picture above shows Lingling was demonstrating on how to make basket to her classmates. The scene was as it in the village of 1980s.
I admire their learning capacity. Handwork made 50% of the class time. Although some of them did not finish their works, they were happy. For the rest of 20 minutes, the children became focus on what I was teaching. The efficiency was out of expectation. I hope they would learn efficiently with our instructions and let them to spend a happy childhood.
Original article written by Fangding Zhang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
This fall, help Vietnamese orphans turn over a new leaf. Equip them to succeed in life after they leave the orphanage.
Autumn is in the air. The trees have turned their brilliant hues; the seasonal pumpkin-flavored craze has hit the markets; and the night chill makes that extra blanket feel warm and cozy. The kids here have also settled into their typical school routines. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, orphan students in Vietnam have an opportunity to begin a new kind of education.
Preparing Orphans for the Job Market
Linh was abandoned at an orphanage at birth and will likely spend her entire childhood in this institutionalized setting. There are 2.1 million marginalized orphans in Vietnam like her, and only 1% of them will qualify for university.
Linh is now 9 years old. Before she has to leave the orphanage at age 19, let's equip her and other orphans for the tech-dependent job market they will face.
Preparing Orphans for the Job Market
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Our goal is to raise $7500 to bring computer education programs into 2 new orphanages.
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