[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.
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