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南菁美国课程班学生赴江阴市儿童福利院开展志愿者活动

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ORPHANAGE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM OF THE AMERICAN CLASS

By Lauren Tivey, AP English

Recently, the Senior Two American class has been visiting the Jiangyin Children’s Welfare Home on certain weekends. The plan was to introduce the students to the orphaned children who live at the home, and have them take an interest in the kids, most of whom have some sort of disability (some mild, some severe), and whose chances for adoption are slim; the students would act as “big brothers” and “big sisters” to the kids, visiting with them, playing with them, and taking an interest in their lives. The overall idea was to give something back to the community, to show some love to the kids, and perhaps make a difference in their lives, but also to have the students step outside their comfort zones, away from their phones and computers, and interact with the kids. In that, we have been successful; the students were all moved, and had some important things to say about their experiences (below), but most important is that the kids at the home were thrilled to have us there! We will be continuing this volunteer program throughout the year, with alternating groups of students visiting each month. You can also read about our Orphanage Clothing Drive (below) and hopefully support us in the endeavor. 

美国课程班孤儿院志愿者活动

最近,高二美国班学利用周末时间访问了江阴儿童福利院。通过该活动我们的学生与结识,关心并帮助福利院的孤儿们。这些孤儿们都或多或少存在生理障碍,被领养的几率很小。美国班学生就像他们的大哥哥大姐姐一般,探访他们,与他们玩耍,关心他们的生活。本活动的主旨在于回馈社会,关爱孤儿,尽可能的改善他们的生活,同时也让我们的学生暂时离开他们熟悉的环境,离开手机电脑,与孩子们互动。学生们积极响应本次活动,并有所感言,孤儿院的孩子们也因为大哥哥大姐姐的到来而十分激动,我们在接下来的时间里持续进行孤儿院志愿者服务,有学生分组每月参与。请阅读下文中的孤儿院衣物捐赠倡议,希望你能够支持我们的行动。

以下为学生感言:

Student Experiences:

After visiting the orphanage and playing with these kids who don’t possess anything, it made me look at my unlimited desire for material things. It made me think that I should be thankful even for the small things. It also made me eager to help out those who really need it.” ~ Jacklyn

Last Sunday, we went to the orphanage. The children there mostly have physical disabilities. Most of them cannot speak a complete phrase. They have been abandoned by their parents, but these children are very polite and outgoing. They smiled and talked to us, and even invited us to have a seat. They are very cute, actually. I think they need more care, and more of us should provide as much help to them as we can.” ~ Kyara

After the trip to the orphanage, I was shocked to see there are many kids living that kind of life. They’re innocent, lovely, and some of them are also very smart. After I stepped into their room, all the kids were looking at me and my classmates. We brought a lot of snacks, toys, and comic books—kids like that stuff. They were really happy. They clapped their hands and jumped up and down, using their own way to show their happiness. We promised to visit again, to see these angels, and we believe we can bring a lot of fun to them.” ~ Marino

We went to the orphanage to visit and have fun with the children, as they are without their parents at such a young age. Almost all of them have disabilities. These children are even kinder than most children. When they saw the biscuits that I brought, they were very pleased, and just looked at me, instead of taking them away immediately. There was one child who was hanging on my arms for a hug. Almost everyone gave him a hug, which made him very happy. These children are not bad, and they need even more warmth than others, as they have been abandoned. We need to take care of them and do as much as possible to protect them and encourage them.” ~ Jason

Last weekend, we went to the children’s orphanage. The room was warm and lovely, and had a great many toys. The children were tidy, and welcomed us enthusiastically. We smiled at them, and played with them. The most interesting for me was a girl who kept zipping up my coat, telling me the weather was cold, and I needed to keep warm! It was very moving. I learned that I should feel happy and content with my own lot, since there are still so many poor children in the world.” ~ Makarria

 

Last weekend we went to the orphanage. I felt really sad about it. The children there are so very young, and just like us—they merely have some disabilities—but were abandoned by their parents, as they could not be cared for. So, they cannot even enjoy the love of their parents. We should try our best to help them to have better lives.” ~ Justen

Last Sunday, we went to the welfare home for children. The building looked like my kindergarten, and actually, the arrangement inside also gave me that feeling. When we walked into the playroom, all the boys and girls smiled at us. They have very beautiful smiles, and big, beautiful eyes. Most of them have difficulty communicating with others, but when I talked to them, they all listened carefully. They sat in a circle around me, wanting me to tell them a story. These kids are so friendly and cute—I liked them very much!” ~ Alex

When we visited the children’s home, I saw that many of the kids were very happy to see us. A boy towed me to a chair, and made me sit down, and even though we didn’t really do anything, he was just happy I was there. I think the kids are all sensible, though they are without parents. We should care about them.” ~ Thor

We went to the Jiangyin orphanage to visit some kids. These kids stay there and are cared for by understanding workers. I think a lot of them were abandoned by their parents as most of them had some sort of disability when they were born. I think that, with some education, many of these kids could be successful. Fortunately, some of the kids are eventually adopted by people, which makes me feel grateful.” ~ Alicia

When we went to visit the orphanage, seeing the children with different illnesses, I thought, ‘they are like us’. We should participate in many activities like this, to help more people who really need it!” ~ Kallen

I visited the orphanage for the first time, after imagining how cute the kids would be, and I was looking forward to sharing some delicious food with them. I was very excited about our visit! I wanted to play games with them, and see their bright smiles. Finally, I entered the room and saw these children watching TV, but some of them had to sit in special chairs. Some of them had lackluster eyes. But, you could see they were still really curious about our visit. Also, I was happy to find out that one of the children had been adopted, and would be going to the USA to meet his new parents! I enjoyed seeing the big smile on his face.  I went to chat with another little boy, but he had no expression on his face; he seemed to be looking into the distance. But when I made funny faces at him, he suddenly smiled! It was a real surprise! I enjoyed playing games with the kids, and they were willing to share their snacks with me. They even gave me big, warm hugs. Actually, they gave me a lot.” ~ Jessica

I was really glad to visit the orphanage. The children there are adorable and pure. However, I did feel a little distressed when I looked into their innocent eyes. They have no choice about living there, and it is not their fault. The world can be bad for these angels, so please, like us, hug them and show your love, give your warmth. I wish all children could have happy lives.” ~ Annie

 

 

 

ORPHANAGE CLOTHING DRIVE

By Lauren Tivey, AP English

The class of the Senior Two American Program, after learning that clothing is needed for the kids at the Jiangyin Children’s Welfare Home, has started a school-wide clothing drive. We would like to collect as many items of new (or gently used) clothing to donate to the home, by December 31st. All sizes are needed for the kids, who range in age from infant, up to teenager. Some suggested items for donation are:

*Trousers          *Shirts          *Sweaters          *Socks          *Underwear          *Pajamas          *Shoes

Items can be dropped off at the Senior Two classroom (Room 201), or to the International Department office.  Students Hu Qi (Kyara), and Huan Kexin (Makarria), are in charge of donations, so ask for them when dropping off items to the classroom. We would appreciate as many donations as possible, and thank you in advance for helping out the kids at the orphanage. Look for our Clothing Drive posters, coming soon!

 

 

参与名单:

9月份:曾润捷、岳宇轩、张恺弘、王雯慧、陶楷文、李孝敏、陈怡源
11月份:桓可心、胡琦、张桐、王梓、陈珏

 

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