The Bird Home is in Xi’an, Shan’xi province. They provides services for the mentally handicapped from poverty-stricken families. The organization is dedicated to improving their spirit and living standards and advocating for every disabled individual to have adequate access to social resources.
There are two festivals that they celebrate in China in early June, one is Children’s Day and the other is Dragon Boat festival. These are the favorite festivals of many of the children at Bird's Home. They immerse themselves in the blessings from those around them, and fill themselves with delicious rice dumplings and other treats. These holidays are filled with joy and easy to celebrate with a large group. This year at Bird Home, many volunteers and caring people donated delicious rice dumplings, milk, eggs, and other nutritional supplements to children through our charity organization. We feel a strong sense of friendship and support from our community!
During the festivals, we went to the “Little Swallow Pagoda" and celebrated the festivals with volunteers and caring people from various communities. The children practiced and performed songs and dances for the public and were greeted with warmth and encouragements. You can tell from their expression how happy they were. All this attention made them feel they are no longer alone. After the show, teachers and drum band members were invited to enjoy a sumptuous Dragon Boat Festival feast.
It was also the same for “6/1” Children’s Day. So many kind people from the community were able to express their concern and love for these children in different ways. It was very inspiring event overall and we all had a great time. We had a lot of joy this summer. There is a strong stigma against mentally disabled, but you wouldn't feel it at the Bird Home. We've received so much public support and love. These are the moments that cannot be quantified.
Original article written by Zhaohao Feng, translated by Joe Hsu, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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