Dec 3, 2018

End of the year report

Photoworkshop
Photoworkshop

Dear loyal supporters of Magic Hospital, 

thank you so much for staying with us during this year. Let us update you about the latest developments:

New website

Did you see our new website - http://www.magichospital.org? We also included a wellness section "Laugh" area for you, our dear visitors and supporter, after all shouldn't you be experiencing the benefits of laughter yourself? 

Of course as with any website it is work in progress, but  we like the modern, mobile friendly design, and we hope you can spare some time to explore...at this point also a big Thank you to Alex Dodkin and Eggplant for their pro bono work and setting up the wordpress theme. 

New project

We are working on a new project - the MH Music Band, under the skilled leadership of a music aficionado Leon.  Ertong Hospital has already given green light for a pilot project, now we are scouting fand recruiting musicians! 

Clowns and Co project

While we work with 2 clowns at the moment, only Mr. Liu is going weekly to the Ertong and Beida hospital. Finding replacements or additional new clowns is proven to be quite a challenge. That is precisely  why our aim for 2018/2019 is to provide training for additional clowns to further support the Clowns and Co-Program, ideally of course enlarge it to other hospitals in Beijing area. We are already looking for funding for this project.

On the very positive side: we received an amazing 30,000 RMB donation from Dulwich school, thanks to our tireless new Marketing and Fundraising wizzard Mirjam Thieme. 

We were also the chosen NGO of the month for a community fundraising group, with matching funds from Tencent, this raised a whooping 5460RMB. 

Outdoorsy Day

2018 proved to be the most impressive lineup of activities  this program has ever seen since its existence. We will provide a full overview in our Annual report 2018.

In our last report to you we mentioned  the photo workshop in September: 23 curious and eager children and 2 teachers from Tongxin migrant worker came for the a photo workshop. And what better setting to practice new skills than the Summer Palace. The children learned how a camera worked, some basic photography skills and of course they all got a small camera to make their first steps as photographers. 

And there was halloween, sponsored by ENGIE, a French company and super volunteers. 65 children from the Sun Villages, who have a parent/both parent in prison, came and shared the fun: pumpkins, dancing, costumes, games a fun for everybody involved. 

On this note we would like to express our Thank you to Laura Parpillon, who unfortunately left China for France, for being the most excellent program manager of Outdoorsy Program. 

Upcoming: 

On 10th and 11 th of December we have a free booth in the Dulwich Christmas Bazaar 

- the Australian Embassy will put MH under it's christmas tree for gift collection which we then distribute age-adaptedly to the children, this is the third consecutive year that the kind community from down under is bestowing this upon us. 

While we have a lot of fun and MH China is financially in better shape we are struggeling with a constant stream of funding, if you can talk about work, promote us and support our work with a donation this would be very much appreciated. 

Aspiring photographers
Aspiring photographers
Stage is set for Halloween
Stage is set for Halloween
Curious what comes next...
Curious what comes next...
Danicing on halloween
Danicing on halloween

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Sep 5, 2018

Update about our work

Dear friends and supporters of Magic Hospital, 

we hope that you had a wonderful summer, and that you are ready for some news and updates from our side:

The Clown & Co program

The core clown Mr. Liu is going regularly like clockwork to both hospitals, he is really admirable. Now less fortunate news: we  informed you that we had found a replacement for our other performer, Ms. Dong, but due to family circumstances the replacement performer had to stop recently and can only go occassionally, so in addition we need to again scout for more. We definitely seem to have a bit of a challenging time this year for the program. 

In addition to the weekly clown program and Playtime program (where volunteers play with children hospitalised for cardiothoracic surgery) we also organise fun outings and events for children from migrant worker schools, children living in street children center and orphanages. Our Outdoorsy program wants to brighten the children's day and add a different piece to their childhood memory. 

Here our very latest events and some impressions (not High resolution images though...)

Splash 26th of August: we took 6 visually impaired children from Bethel orphanage for a swim, for some it was the first time in a pool. 

An icy event August 5th: Sponsored and shared by our dear partner Bloomberg L.P. 26 children from Shunyi Gucheng Village School’s had their first encounter with ice skating. We were all very much impressed about how quickly the children began shooting around the rink!

Bags and Games June 14th: our second annual adventure with Hotchkiss school: a day of activities for 22 students from Zhenhua Migrant worker school. This year we got the children’s creative juices got flowing during the tote bag workshop. They  could paint and decorate as they wished. When their creations were ready for collection, the children’s eyes sparkled with excitement and pride over their newest masterpieces. A series of games and activities ranging from Pulse game to a basketball relay race rounded this day. Children and volunteers alike had a great time working together to cheer their respective teams to victory.    

Upcoming in september:  a photoworkshop

Pilotproject: an art workshop for special needs children in cooperation with the parents, the UCCA (Ullens contemporary art center in Beijing's 798 art distrcit), and Eton Kids. This project does not take place in the hospital, as change in scenery and and surrounding are so important. Parents, kids, and volunteers alike are in love with this small program. The next round will restart in October. 

We hope that you like what you see, even though not everything goes always as smoothly as we want. 

Gratefully,

Claudia

Jun 8, 2018

And what are news from our side?

The new team!
The new team!

Dear all,

thank you so much for your loyalty, we are so happy to share with you.

Our mission is to bring play and laughter to hospitalized and vulnerable children. Being in a hospital is stressful and frightening especially for the child. The noises, smells, white coats, painful medical procedures, and worried parents, are overwhelming. Overcrowding and lack of time by the staff to connect with the children add to the scary atmosphere. While medical care is often excellent no supportive activities were offered. Sending clowns and other performers to hospitalized children was a new approach to Chinese medical care, and we sent our first clown in 2003, into China’s largest Children hospital (800 beds). Named Clowns and Co this program gave birth to our organization.

Supported by your donations we help to create an all-around better environment for children during their hospital stay.

In the period of January 2018 - April 2018 we organized 24 visits with our regular program: 18 visit to Beijing Children Hospital and 6 visits to Beida Hospital. Further, we organized 2 surprise visits to BoAi hospital (for our special day for Autism event) and Huaxin hospital with our French clown friend Jean-Baptiste Lepreu, who is incredibly supportive, and also very funny of course.

As we have reported one of our program team members had to stop because she found a full-time job, for a couple of weeks our tireless Mr. Liu has been holding up the fort by himself. Luckily during we have now found a new addition to the program, Ms. Jin who is already very popular with the children and staff.

Future steps:

We need to scout for potential performers and set up a roster. In addition we hope we can convince Mr. Liu, our veteran clown  to take on some apprentices and offer a training program for future clowns working in the hospital.

In April 2018 we received a kind press coverage on the site beijingkids, which is an essential resource for Beijing based families. You find the link further down.

More news about other activities we will share with you in our newsletter. We hope you like what you read. Please spread the word about our program and help us raise funds so we can do more.

With gratitude

Claudia Vogg

 

 

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