A Bridge for Children International

ABC's mission is to serve underprivileged children - orphans and migrant children - by placing them into families and providing education opportunities. Our mission statement is "Every child deserves a family. Every child deserves an education." We believe that through a stable home and a good education a child can achieve anything.
Jul 9, 2014

Dream Program Class of 2013-2014 Graduates!

2014 DREAM Graduation Party 1
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 1

Dear ABC Friends and Family,

Saturday, June 28 marked the culmination of study, and life and experience in Beijing for many of the 9 students in the Dream Program's Class of 2013-2014. And the start of a new adventure. For each of the students who we had the privilege to train, mentor, live and share experiences with, we are deeply proud of what they have been able to accomplish in just this short period of 1 year. Coming to us as children hoping to improve their English, refine their life skills and get ahead as they prepare for their next stage in life, we sincerely hope that they not only obtained these skill sets, but more importantly, that they were able to find some semblance of "home" within the ABC family. We are certain that they will hold places in our hearts and memories for a long time. And it is our intention to maintain contact with them, and try to be a part of their lives moving forward.

Below are some comments about one of the student's progress from Guihua, Program Manager.
Jade was a strong academic performer throughout the year. She had a strong sense of her own capabilities and was therefore able to set realistic goals and expectations for herself in her studies. Jade was able to keep up with the English teacher's pace, and was especially strong in her English writing skills. She was able to learn quickly, express her opinions and act in leadership roles in our core skills and teamwork classes. In computer class, Jade learned how to operate office software, and complete all of her assignments in a timely manner. In her 1 year at ABC, Jade's study habits improved significantly, and she has decided to continue her studies at a technical school post graduation. We are so proud of Jade!

We would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all of those who helped to make this last year a success. We hope that we can work together again to care for the incoming 2014-2015 Class arriving in September - Oh! How excited we are!

Best Regards,
Zadok Huang

2014 DREAM Graduation Party 2
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 2
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 3
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 3
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 4
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 4
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 5
2014 DREAM Graduation Party 5
Jun 23, 2014

A Day of Celebration: ABC TALENT Graduation 2014

ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #1
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #1

Dear ABC Friends and Family,

On the morning of the 1st June, 2014, a sense of excitement filled the air in St Paul’s American School, Beijing. Over five hundred people, including 381 TALENT program students and migrant teachers, 93 volunteers and 36 staff and guests, gathered together to celebrate the TALENT graduation, a momentous event in the ABC calendar.

The graduation allows each participant to celebrate their successful completion of the program, and gives all participants the opportunity to showcase the activities from the semester. This day culminated a full year of hard work and dedication and promised an extremely action-packed and exciting day for all.

All schools were assembled at 9.30am for the welcome speech given by members of ABC’s core staff and watched thegraduation video, which included photos and videos of the different acitivities of the TALENT program over the past year.

Following the introduction, the musicians and dancers retreated to their separate rooms for some final rehearsal preparation, while other students viewed the Art Show and entered into the interim rounds of the Ping-pong and Basketball Tournament.

Basketball
Altogether six teams from three different schools came to the graduation to compete in a basketball tournament. The students thoroughly enjoyed the competitive but fair nature of the games. One of the girls noted that the basketball tournament served as a perfect platform for her to exercise as well as have fun. Overall, the tournament was a great success that really emphasized the 4C's core values: Confidence, Courage, Commitment, andCare.

Music
Five of the six schools took part in the Music performances, creating a varied and exciting show. Pengying school opened the show with a percussion and vocal performance of the British song “We will rock you,” which was followed by performances using vocals and melodies of well-known Chinese music by Xinyuan school and Hongqi school. Shuren school then performed fantastic renditions of two Chinese songs and Qinghonglan gave two impressive recorder performances. One participant told us that performing onstage was her favorite experience from the TALENT program.

Art
In a room surrounded by framed student artwork from the semester, art students painted together with their teachers forthe last time. With large canvases, paint colors, and paintbrushes scattered across the ground, students created beautiful and vibrant paintings. The paintings ranged from a mountain landscape to pig and fish astronauts in outer space. As stated by Zhang Bohao, a third grader at the Xinyuan School, he enjoys art and ABC in general; he helped to paint birds in class, but on the day of the graduation, he helped to paint flowers. 

Ping-pong
In the afternoon, Pengying school took part in an intra-school Ping-pong competition. Participants were divided into four groups according to age and gender and played a knock-out tournament in each group, producing four victorious winners. One participant mentioned that playing against her close friends had made her even more competitive, but when her friend narrowly beat her in the final, she thought that this was a fair victory and was very happy for her friend.

Dance
In the morning, the dancers from Xinyuan school gathered together in the Ping-pong room for some final preparation of their two dances: “Honey” and “Molihua”. The dance volunteers carefully applied their makeup and changed into their two outfits: coordinated yellow, red, blue and pink t-shirts and trousers for “Honey” and sparkly green dresses with flowers for “Molihua”. One of the dancers mentioned that “this was the prettiest she’d ever felt”.

Later in the day, the students performed their two dances perfectly and many of them thought that performing in front of such a large audience was by far their favorite part of the day. Some of the students mentioned that, even though they had been nervous, performing alongside their friends had calmed their nerves so that they could completely enjoy the performance.

At the end of the day, all participants came together for the Awards Ceremony, where the top students in each activity from each school were awarded prizes and the best pieces of Artwork were given recognition. Following this, everyone gathered together for a group photo and the founder of ABC gave a motivational speech, expressing his wish that we would all become volunteers.

The TALENT program aims to empower students, encourage individuality and emphasize the importance of teamwork. The sense of confidence among participants, the enthusiastic support for their classmates and the creativity in Music, Dance and Art powerfully demonstrated how each and every participant had grown throughout the program and thoroughly deserved all the recognition and applause given throughout the day.

 

Best Regards,
Zadok Huang
(Special thanks to intern Kate William for writing this report)

ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #2
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #2
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #3
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #3
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #4
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #4
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #5
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #5
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #6
ABC Spring 2014 TALENT Graduation #6
Mar 27, 2014

Student Case: Choosing the Right Words

Sunny with her peers
Sunny with her peers

Dear ABC Friends and Family,

Children, specifically migrant children and orphans, are at the center of ABC program planning and implementation. Sense of accomplishment in working with these children is obtained when a child sees development and progress, whatever areas these may be, from our work. Every year, the Dream Program, which caters to orphans ages 16-21 years old, welcomes a class of about 10-12 students into its family by providing them with loving homes as well as offering them a practical education. Some children see improvement in confidence, some are more willing to present in front of audiences, some learn teamwork skills, and some gain lifetime friendships. We share a story here of one student, Sunny, to provide an example of a child who has shown tangible development, and encouragement for all of those volunteers, sponsors, employees and other benefactors who work so diligently to make our programs run.

Sunny joined us from a rural area where she received her upbringing and education. She struggled with anger in the beginning of our program, and often would use words such as “dog,” “pig,” and “stupid,” to describe other classmates. She would sometimes even engage in physical conflict with some of the male classmates. Through the guidance, care and love of one of our Foster Home Managers, Sunny has begun to learn what words are right and what words are inappropriate to use when communicating with her peers and others. This process of reflecting on her language and behavior has resulted in significant improvement in her social skills. Academically speaking, Sunny came in with a relatively strong English foundation compared with her classmates. She is now able to write a paragraph in English describing one of her friends. In computer classes, Sunny now can type 100 words / minute and is capable of using the basic functions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint software to complete homework.

As the Dream Program Class of 2013-2014 students gear up for the home stretch of their year-long academic program and prepare to participate in the Talent Program’s Spring 2014 volunteer program, we are excited at the prospect of experiencing the process and outcomes of positive change in more childrens' lives.


Best Regards,
Zadok Huang

Sunny volunteering in the Talent Program 1
Sunny volunteering in the Talent Program 1
Sunny volunteering in the Talent Program 2
Sunny volunteering in the Talent Program 2
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