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.
T-Fish: 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.
T-Fish: What’s your biggest reward from doing public service?
Mr. Yu: The biggest reward I have gotten is the feeling of satisfaction. Although it is difficult to achieve, I have found my own direction. Through interacting with children, I have learned to change myself. I have learned how not to exhibit the bad things about myself, and to show and teach them good habits that will guide them. I also thank my friends and family for the support they have given me during hard times.
T-Fish: How has the transparency platform helped you?
Mr. Yu: After employing the transparency platform, I have discovered other people who are doing the same thing. Before, I knew that people involved in children’s welfare existed, but now I have really gotten to know them better; and through communicating with them, I have learned how to do things better. I contacted a person named Du Ming who came and taught the children how to play chess. All these are real benefits. With my own effort, it is very difficult because I don’t know where to get support, but Transparent Fish has helped me overcome this difficulty.
T-Fish: How has the NGO plan helped you, overall?
Mr. Yu: With other organizations, the funds are usually short term and you have to do things by their model. For me, that method is hard because I need to modify many of my initiatives in order to fit into the mold. But with T-Fish, I can have more independence. With the cooperative model, the funds can be for long term use and are more stable. Therefore, I can devote myself to researching and implementing my ideas. The funds are transparent with T-Fish, so it gains support from society. I've noticed that this transparency concept also helps other organizations.
T-Fish: Thank you for being here today. I hope your organization improves day by day, and we hope to continue working with you, Mr. Yu.
Translated by Transparent Fish staff Shishi Ma, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
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