Dear Friends of Hua Dan,
We hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. Throughout this special time, we will keep sharing with you the Hua Dan miracles: the stories of Hua Dan’s facilitators — migrant workers who have become actors for hope and change in their communities.
In this newsletter, you will discover the special stories of Zhong Na and Luo Jinqiang. We hope that they will inspire you to support us, through your donations, to continue to train more facilitators to join our team.
The Hua Dan team
Hua Dan stories
There are many young migrant workers who have benefited from our Migrant Training and Employment Programme and who are now helping to run our other programmes. We are now featuring their stories on our website.
Zhong Na, Children’s Programme facilitator
“If you were a boy, you could join the army.” Every time I heard my father’s voice and looked at his solemn face, I felt scared and helpless knowing I was such a disappointment to him. At school, the situation was also difficult. I had trouble concentrating, especially during science class! My fear of being mocked by the other children also prevented me from taking any initiative.
I came to Beijing when I was 21 and worked as a housekeeper and waitress. I had always dreamed of being a teacher, but my limited education meant this dream was unlikely to ever come true. That day when I saw Caroline on the CCTV programme “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” changed my life.
Inspired by her enthusiasm and warmth, I started to attend Hua Dan workshops. In this atmosphere of mutual respect and equality, I began to express my thoughts in front of everyone and started to uncover my hidden talents and abilities. At Hua Dan, I received training to become a drama teacher and today my dream has come true! After five years working for Hua Dan in Beijing, my aspiration is now to go back to Shandong and share what I have learned by conducting Hua Dan projects in the local schools. Hua Dan has filled me with love and warmth, and I now feel confident I can share this love with others through my work. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to continue to spread Hua Dan’s values in my work and my life!
(Can’t view the video? You can also watch Zhong Na on YouKu.)
For 10,000 RMB (US$1,500 / EUR 1,200), you can support Zhong Na to go back to Shandong and start setting up a Hua Dan programme in her village school.
Luo Jinqiang, Children’s Programme facilitator
From third grade — when I started to attend a school for children of migrant workers — until I graduated from high school, I attended classes taught by Hua Dan. Before beginning these class, I didn’t know that it was possible to learn through participatory theatre methods, in a relaxed way, while sharing my thoughts and experience with others.
I learned a lot, and later was given the opportunity to join the Hua Dan team. Working together, learning together, helping migrant children discover their potential has brought me so much happiness and pride! I believe that what we do is very useful for these children. In most cases the problem is not that they don’t study well, but that the current education methods are too rigid and do not allow children to think for themselves.
The Children’s Programme we run in migrant schools help them to explore new methods of apprenticeship, and to experiment with their creativity while learning about the importance of team work. Hua Dan brings so much joy and transformation to the children and their communities; I look forward to being able to run a new children programme.
(Can’t view the video? You can also watch Liu Jinqiang on YouKu.)
For 2500 RMB (US$400 / EUR 300), you can support a migrant child to participate in Beijing’s Winter Camp run by Luo Jinqiang.
Ways you can help
Donate to Hua Dan
Donations can be made through Ammado, PayPal, or directly to our Hong Kong HSBC bank account.
Volunteer for Hua Dan
We need volunteers to help our facilitators run the workshops. Fluency in Chinese required. In addition, we always need volunteers to help with translation, especially Chinese to English.
If you are interested, please fill in our online form.
Buy our consulting products
Once again, one of the ways in which you can both help Hua Dan and improve your staff performance is by purchasing our Consulting Programme workshops. These exciting workshops can offer opportunities for your staff to not only engage with the work of Hua Dan on the field, but can also provide an innovative entertainment option for your corporate event or create opportunities for you to develop a great corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. All proceeds from the trainings support Hua Dan’s own work with migrant worker communities.
If you are interested in more information about our Consulting Programme, please contact us via our website, or contact Pauline Bandelier (International Development Officer) directly at [email protected].