A group of foreigners from different countries are active in various places in China for public welfare undertakings. They have no religious missions and are not dispatched by organizations. They only hold some kind of idealism and humanitarian sentiments and volunteer to serve those poor groups in China. . Their choice of life, their interpretation of the value of life, or can provide a reference for the younger generation in China.
There are “flowers” coming from the UK
Five years ago, Yunnan girl Dong Fen and Caroline Watson, who worked in Beijing, met with each other. Since then, the 26-year-old British girl with maroon hair has completely changed her life.
In order to participate in the drama workshop of Rowling’s Tuesday night, Dong Fen said to the beauty salon owner: “I don’t want to take a week off every week. I only ask for the evening of every Tuesday, and that one-third of the day is free.” After the boss refused, she resolutely changed her job.
In the past five years, Dong Fen has volunteered and part-time at Luo Lin’s Hua Dan studio. Now she is the female project manager of Hua Dan Studio.
”She is much taller than me. When she listens, you will think she is cute, childish, intelligent, and very woman.” Dong Fen talked about his first impression when he saw Rowling. “I was a Restaurant waiter, I feel the long-lost respect.”
Almost all of the “Hua Dan people”, like Dong Fen, were inspired by Rowling to work with her in this cause. The goal of “Hua Dan” is to enable Chinese migrant workers to improve their personal abilities, social status and economic level through participatory drama techniques and artistic activities.
Everything stems from a belief. Rowling, who graduated from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, has always believed that drama and communication, rather than political preaching, can solve many problems in people’s minds and in society.
In a book entitled “Excellent Chinese Women”, Rowling learned how Chinese migrant women contribute to the country and often do not receive the respect and care they deserve.
”Then let me build an organization to give them support.” Rowling made up her mind and set her destination in Beijing. She found an English teaching job and went to the Beijing Farm Girl School as a volunteer. This is a private rural female skills training school.
There, Rowling conducted a series of participatory drama training for the students. She simulated some scenarios through storytelling, impromptu performances and discussions, told the rights of the migrant workers law, and how to protect themselves from domestic violence. And sexual harassment.
A classic scene called “Lan Lan’s Story”, a fictional waitress was harassed by the boss. At this time, should Lanlan be a boss? Rowling will let everyone show their choices. “I train them to use the stage to simulate these complex scenes. When they really encounter these things, they can choose the coping style that they have already prepared,” Rowling said.
In 2004, Rowling turned this loose studio into a permanent institution and called it “Hua Dan” because on the Chinese stage, “Hua Dan” is often beautiful, full of vitality, self-confident, willing to express one’s love. And a passionate and lovely woman, Rowling hopes that the Chinese migrant workers will become such people.
”No one should be deprived of opportunities”
In 2010, Wei Kexin will be 26 years old, and the Wokai organization she founded with her friends will be 3 years old. “I Kai” was dubbed “Lack of Agriculture”, Wei Kexin and her small team worked hard to raise funds for the forgotten poor people and distributed small loans to the poorest people, not for profit.
When I first created “I am open,” the mother who worked as a manager suggested that she consult with a woman with microfinance experience. Through the intricate family relationship network, Wei Kexin came into contact with several directors who later “I opened” and many people who have been or have been helping me to help evaluate projects, review qualifications, conduct training, and design business plans. These people helped Wei Kexin and her friends to build a blueprint for today’s impressive organization.
Wei Kexin has visited more than half of China, and there are 12 researches in microfinance institutions in Ningxia, Hebei, Inner Mongolia and Sichuan provinces. In order to see the borrower, she trembled with the illegally operated long-distance bus that had bypassed the road to escape the inspection. She also saw that the farmers who got help were really out of poverty.
In order to be as undisturbed as possible, and because the People’s Bank of China restricted the rural microfinance for foreign investment, Wei Kexin registered her website in her own hometown of Auckland.
After a rigorous evaluation, Wei Kexin selected two of the three best NGO microfinance organizations in China: the Yilong County Rural Development Association (ARDY) in Sichuan Province and the Inner Mongolia Zhaowuda Women’s Sustainable Development Association as field partners. The two institutions have been engaged in microfinance services in China for more than a decade. They are the oldest institutions with deep government relations and the best development.
After the money reaches the hands of the farmers, every three months of the “I” open field cooperation agencies will send a special person to the borrower’s home to track the use of money. The “I Kai” organization draws on the credit method invented by Nobel Prize winner Yunus, and uses five borrowers to form a group to supervise and guarantee repayments, and to ensure the use of “human ties” with Chinese characteristics. Recovery of gold and interest.
One year later, “I Kai” helped 239 farmers in Sichuan and Inner Mongolia in China with $121,456 from 741 donors. Surprisingly, these poor peasants who originally earned less than US$1 have actually borrowed 100%, and their living standards have improved significantly. Farmers who lack production materials use the loans they get from “I Kai”, or raise geese to raise pigs, or start small grocery stores, and begin to have the ability to put life on the right track of sustainable development.
”Everyone should get the necessary conditions to get rid of poverty. Personal efforts are of course important, but as long as this person has the motivation to change, he should not be deprived of opportunities.” Wei Kexin said.
The Chinese path of Bethune
”I gave everything to me, my own life belongs to them. If I am gone, I will be dead…” Luanke was interviewed by the media on the hills of Banlai Village, Donglan County, remote mountainous area of Guangxi. When these words were made, countless Chinese people moved.
The German man devoted 10 years of prime time between the ages of 30 and 40 to the education of the impoverished mountainous areas of Guangxi. The children in the Banlai Village Primary School where he is located are mostly “left-behind children”. “Students need an adult who can stay with them instead of working in the city.” He organized children to shoot DV, design the village’s path, observe and experience nature… The children regarded him as a relative, and slowly established his independent personality under his influence to plan his future life.
For 10 years, Luanke has not received any remuneration. He donated the manuscripts earned from the translation works to charity. His working life in China is maintained by the 4,800 yuan (RMB) sent by his parents every year.
Like Luanke, there are more and more foreigners coming to China in their personal capacity and helping the Chinese to get rid of poverty and inequality.
Since 2000, the German blind woman Sabria Tamboken has helped 96 blind children to receive daily life skills training and basic knowledge of Braille in Tibetan, Chinese and English. Hilary has been working with local institutions. A British retired old man who tutored English and raised funds to build Hope Primary School in the remote mountainous areas of Yunnan; Aludao (ABJ), a Ph.D. in Italian linguistics, came to China with his wish to make all the world want Poor students who learn English but have no conditions can get in touch with foreign teachers…
For the Chinese, they are the modern version of Bethune, a group of “world citizens” with international idealism and international humanitarianism. For them, the region and the country are not borders. They are willing to pay attention to inequality and poverty outside the homeland, and are willing to put their own strength in every place that needs help.