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.
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
Mar 20, 2014

Student Development: One Case

WBS 1
WBS 1

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 Talent Program, which caters to the migrant children population, serves close to one-thousand children within the greater Beijing area. Some children see improvement in confidence, some are more willing to present in front of audiences, some learn teamwork skills, and some become more engaged in their studies after participating in Talent Program activities. We share one story here of a boy, Boshuai, 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.

Boshuai, a 10 year old boy, grew up in a strict home. When he first joined the TALENT Program’s Art class in 2013, he had difficultycooperating in class – he would always play and fight with other students despite the teacher’s petition to have him listen carefully in class. One day, an ABC staff member decided to take him aside and talk with him. Initially, he refused with a rebellious tone and attitude. The staff member persisted and eventually, after 3 attempts, Boshuai agreed to talk. During the conversation, the staff member clearly informed him of what kind of behaviors were acceptable and set expectations for him. His behavior and attitude changed after this conversation. Boshuai began to listen, take proactive care of his classmates by helping them, and showing them empathy and to help teachers clean and carry materials. All ABC staff and volunteer teachers observed a noticeable difference in his behavior.

As the Talent Program gears up for its first week of Spring 2014 classes this weekend, we are excited at the prospect of experiencing the process and outcomes of positive change in more childrens' lives.

 

Best Regards,

Zadok Huang

WBS 2
WBS 2
WBS 3
WBS 3
WBS 4
WBS 4
Dec 20, 2013

DREAM Class of 2013-2014 Update

DREAM Class of 2014 Welcome Dinner
DREAM Class of 2014 Welcome Dinner

Dear ABC Family and Friends,

More than four months have passed sinceABC welcomed the DREAM class of 2013-2014 students to our family. Within this period of time, a lot of energy has been spent towards equipping these students with skills to help them transition into society. Below are some highlights from their time here to date.

Welcome Party
After a week-long orientation, the nine new 2013-2014 ABC DREAM students finished their transition to ABC at the annual welcome dinner. On Saturday, July 20th, ABC staff and teachers gathered to formally welcome the new students to the DREAM program. The evening started off with an active icebreaker to get everybody energized. The students then introduced themselves and their interests. These introductions were followed by a song. The lively group listened to inspiring speeches from past students, teachers and staff.

Spirit of Giving Back
As part of the DREAM program education, students are given the opportunity to volunteer as teachers for local migrant students. The DREAM students also interact and work with university student and working professional volunteers to accomplish their volunteer work.

On September 7, ABC hosted the TALENT program’s Fall volunteer training day at the Middle School attached to Northern Jiaotong University. 75 volunteers attended, including 31 art volunteers, 16 music volunteers, 21 basketball volunteers, 4 dance volunteers, and 3 photography volunteers. Throughout the semester, volunteers learned team building skills and how to incorporate the 4C values (Commitment, Confidence, Courage and Care) into their classes.

On November 23, ABC hosted its Fall 2013 Talent Program Graduation ceremony for its volunteers, students, and partner schools and teachers. 313 students from 6 different migrant schools, and 144 volunteers and honorable guests attended the event. The day consisted of a basketball tournament, art exhibit and activity, and musical and dance performances.

On the night of November 30, ABC hosted its volunteer appreciation meeting. The meeting was designed to provide volunteers the opportunity to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication. In addition, those attending were able to share their insights, recall memories from the semester and continue building the friendships with the other volunteers.

We take great honor and pride in providing the DREAM students with opportunities to improve themselves as individuals and part of the greater community. Over the remaining 6 months of the program, it is our sincerest hope that each student will acquire a tangible skill and come to know that they are part of a family here at ABC.

 

Best Regards,

Zadok Huang

FALL 2013 TALENT Volunteer Training
FALL 2013 TALENT Volunteer Training
2013 Fall Talent Graduation #5
2013 Fall Talent Graduation #5
2013 Fall Volunteer Recognition #1
2013 Fall Volunteer Recognition #1
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