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Last Saturday we had a small group meeting with Sarah, Sophia, Steve, and I. Wow, their names all start with "s", I feel left out. Anyways, all of us were interviewed about our internship experience. I was never very articulate when it came to on the spot things, but I managed to get it over with. In spite of breaking into a nervous sweat, watching the interviews afterwards was quite amusing, especially with Steve lurking in the background. Looking forward to the final product, Sophia! Speaking of interviews, Sarah and I edited the interviews of certain NGOs and posted them here. I also went on a forwarding rampage to elementary school teachers about the Essay & Art Contest. Everything went quite well. (:
[The following is an interview of the Hua Kai Institution, an institution that provides services for children after school. To watch the original interview, please go here.]
T-Fish: Transparent Fish Fund is committed to free technology support, marketing, fundraising and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. It is our honor to have the founder of He Hua Kai Cultural Public Welfare Institution, Mr. Yu Zhong Chun here with us today. Can you introduce yourself?
Mr. Yu: Hello! I am the founder of He Hua Kai Cultural Public Welfare Institution. Children usually call me brother Yu.
T-Fish: Why did you choose to do public welfare?
Mr. Yu: It is said that people who help others also help themselves. At first I had the thought to do public welfare, but it never really happened because there weren’t many public welfare organizations at the time. Later, after being a volunteer to an NGO organization, I managed to do so.
T-Fish: What inspired you to create a culturally related welfare program?
Mr. Yu: I love reading, so I wanted more children to have the privilege to read. I realized that many children are laborers, after school they don't have good place to go to, so I wanted to provide them a good environment to make their life more interesting and colorful outside of school. After I established the organization I found out that many children do not really like to read, they enjoy playing more, perhaps due to the fact their parents do not pay much attention to them. Playing is also very important for children because you learn a lot through social interactions with other people.
T-Fish: What’s your biggest reward from doing public welfares?
Mr. Yu: The biggest reward I have gotten is the feeling of satisfaction. Although it is difficult to achieve, I have found my own direction. Also through interacting with children, I have learned to change myself. I have learned how to not to exhibit the bad things of myself, but to show and teach them them good things to guide them. I also thank my friends and family for the support they have me during hard times.
T-Fish: How did the transparent platform help you?
Mr. Yu: After employing the transparent platform I have discovered other people who are doing the same thing. Before, I knew that people involved in children’s welfare existed, but now I have really gotten to know them better, by communicating with them I have learned how to do things better. I contacted a person named Du Ming who came and taught the children how to play chess. All these are real benefits. With my own effort it is very difficult because I don’t know where to get support from, but Transparent Fish Fund has helped me overcome this difficulty.
T-Fish: How did the NGO plan help you overally?
Mr. Yu: With other organizations, the funds are usually short term and you have to do things by their model. For me, that method is hard because I need to modify many of my concepts to in order to collaborate with them. But with T-Fish, I can have more independence. With the cooperative model the funds can be for long term use and are more stable. Therefore I can devote myself to research and to implement my concepts. Working with T-Fish, the funds are transparent therefore it gains support from society. This transparent concept also helps other organizations as well.
T-Fish: Thank you for being here today. I hope your institute improves day by day and I we hope to continue working with you, Mr. Yu.
Translated by Transparent Fund Staff, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
[The following is the interview of the Mu Lan Coummunty Center, an organization that provides social services to the working class and their children. To view the original interview in Chinese, please go here.]
T-Fish: Transparent Fish Fund is committed to free technology support, marketing, fundraising and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. It’s our honor to have the founder of the Beijing Mu Lan Community Center, Ms. Qi Li Xia here with us today. Please introduce yourself, Ms. Qi.
Miss Qi: Hello everyone! It’s a pleasure to be here today. My name is Qi Li Xia, I am from Henan province. While I was working outside of my hometown I got the chance to be a volunteer. After two years of volunteer service I found volunteer work very meaningful. Since then I decided to take on public welfare jobs.
T-Fish: What inspired you to start this activity center?
Miss Qi: While I was working outside of my hometown I met many fellow employees. I realized that there weren't many public welfare organizations for these working sisters. I thought maybe we could start an organization to serve these working sisters and their children. We came up with the name "Mu Lan" because we started out with four ladies and we thought the name could express our expectations. First of all, Mu Lan is a flower which in China represents females. Secondly, Mu Lan is a famous ancient figure who possesses many characteristics similar to our sisters. For example, working far away from home and making contributions to the family and society. I hope that we sisters can be as brave and courageous as Mu Lan, challenge the old tradition and be self independent. It is our hope that through this organization more and more workers and their children can receive our services.
T-Fish: Thanks you for this information. What is most rewarding about what you do?
Miss Qi: I think doing public welfare is not just about helping others but also about fulfilling our own values at the meantime. It has made me more satisfied with myself.
T-Fish: How did the Transparent Fish Fund platform help you?
Miss Qi: Since we started this organization ourselves, we did not have much management experience. Transparent Fish Fund has helped us organize our information and resources better. Also through T-Fish we have transparent finances from people who support our organization.
T-Fish: What do you think about the T-Fish NGO plan?
Miss Qi: It encourages us accomplish the step by step process and finally to establish a cooperative relationship with T-Fish.
T-Fish: Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you receive more support for your organization in the future.
Translated by Transparent Fish Fund staff, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
[The following is an interview by Transparent Fish Fund to the Xing Xing Yu Organization, a organization that helps children with autism. To view the original interview in Chinese, please click here.]
T-Fish: Hello everyone, this is the Transparent Fish broadcasting office. Welcome to our 2nd interview. The Transparent Fish Fund is committed to free technology support, marketing, fundraising and management consulting services to help NGOs raise funds and support for their projects. Today it’s our honor to have the executive officer of Xing Xing Yu, an educational organization, Mr. Sun Zhong Kai here with us today.
T-Fish: What’s the concept of autism? What is the current situation of autistic children in China?
Mr. Sun: The problem with autistic people is that they do not know how to interact with other people. The three main symptoms include language, behaviour, and a narrow range of interests. The reason for this problem is not well-known, and internationally the statistics show that 6/1000 people have this problem, a relatively large group of people. We now have over 3000 families receiving training and consultations at Xing Xing Yu.
T-Fish: I know that Xing Xing Yu has had many difficulties. Could you share with us what the biggest challenge is?
Mr. Sun: I joined Xing Xing Yu in 2002. I have studied society services so I understand what services and social securities should be provided in order to achieve a well developed society. I think the biggest challenge is the lack of professional resources. We began our training simply using a pamphlet from Taiwan until we received help from foreign experts who were volunteers. It is difficult to find professional support here in China, but now we have started to provide training services for other organizations. There are other challenges as well, for example trying to get more support from the society, and finding a stable office. Things have improved since we realized that the society is constantly improving are we are getting more and more help from the government. We want to create a transparency concept similar to Transparent Fish Fund’s, the concept that all organizations are welcome to join if they meet the following criteria: the organization must aim to help others and the finances must be transparent. By meeting the criteria we will be able to train the organization for free. Our community has been expanding fast. T-Fish: Thank you for the information that you shared with us. It was wonderful to know more about your organization.
Translated by Transparent Fish Fund staff in China, edited by intern Kaitlyn Cheung.
Today was a productive day! We're still busily spreading word about Congenital Heart Disease week. Facebook has finally become a place not only for procrastination. I also find Tumblr quite effective. TUMBLR IS GREAT. We're at 368 likes now! Imperia and I have been looking into elementary schools to email for the Essay and Art Contest. I think I'll even be encouraging my little sister to apply.