Sunday, June 17, 2012

Celebrations in China, H4C Children's Day 2012

How to encapsulate the ripple effect over the past fifteen years of hundreds of girls who would have been denied an education, breaking out of that cycle of poverty and staying on at school, going to college, university, opening their own business and taking their place in the modern world with hope for the future.

Hundreds of girls.....
Hundreds of families...
with sponsors from all around the world, 
praying, paying, connecting, sharing
all working together to make a difference!

From that tiny seed way back on 1997 when Robin Bernard asked Matthew Xu to begin working to help girls in rural Guangxi thro the GGEF Programme to 2012 with the new Guangxi Girls Programme
( Hope4China'sChildren) partnering with many others to make this possible...Prentice Events, Eagle Mount Adventures, Two Hearts, Community Roots, Blackford Trust and many more........not forgetting the backbone- the faithful sponsors who donate each month to make all this possible. 
                                                             It really does take a village!

This is a time for Celebration!

And while we were busy celebrating with our Panda Theme in Scotland, 
Matthew & the Guangxi Girls were busy celebrating in Nanning!

Gifts for Staff and Sponsors to say Thank you!

                                                   Some familiar faces from the early days....
                                                                      Old friends
                                                          Next generations.......
                                                                     Motivation & Sharing
                                                                         and Nonsense!!!!!!!!

                                         Rolling out the 2012 Edition of the Hope4China Banner

                                                                      ..and Exuberance!

                                                               Serious words.......
                                                         Sweet singing from Lucy, our new Staff
                                                             Some of our older girls
                                                                      Lots of hilarity :-)
                                        And Matthew, as ever, recording it all for us to share

Chinese friends & sponsors sharing the fun

                                                                       Pizza for everyone

                              And a Big Birthday Cake with 15 Candles to Celebrate 15 Years!!!!

                                              Just amazing to think of the lives changed........
                                   Then time to set off the Sky Lanterns to mark the special occasion

Thank You to Matthew Xu,
his team of staff over the years,
and all those behind the scenes over these years
who have made this possible!

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