Volume II, Issue 4Winter 2007YEAR OF THE BOAR: AMAZING SUCCESS ACHIEVEDDBy Elaine Liu ’10uring the Year of the Boar,a respected animal on theChinese zodiac calendar thatis often noted for its gallant heart andits devoted service to others, HarvardChina Care set signiﬁcant new recordsin its work to improve the lives of abandoned, orphaned, and adopted Chinesechildren both in China as well as in theUnited States.HCC has grown rapidly since itsfounding just four short years ago, andeven more so in the monumental yearof 2007. While continuing to enhanceexisting programs, as part of HCC’sconstant efforts to make positive contributions to the lives of others, excitingnew projects have been developed andcreative fundraisers introduced.Innovative Cultural ActivitiesThe Dumplings Playgroup, for fourto eight year-old children adopted fromChina, began with a ﬂying start with inventive crafts and an educational skit toinaugurate the Year of the Boar.By the time of the last Dumplingsplaygroup in December, kids alreadyhad “traveled” to very different partsof China, learned about Chinese ethnicminorities and various traditions, heardfamous Chinese legends, played variouspopular instruments like the pipa anderhu, and much more. They even experimented with Chinese hair designs usingbeads and special sticks.HCC has now organized nearly 50Dumplings playgroups for families. Expressing appreciation for the biweeklyprogram, parents have described it asan ideal way to expose their children toChinese culture and traditions.Immediate Past Dumplings CoCoordinator Jessica Duby ’09 said thatshe has been thrilled with the successof the playgroup.“The Winter Fest was a culminationof a fantastic year,” Duby said. “Watch-A Dumplings participant proudly shows offher Manchurian creations last October.ing the girls sit around one table andeat the food that they had cookedtogether, I could not help but reﬂect onthe playgroup as a whole. Dumplingshad become a cohesive group in whicheveryone gave their best effort andeveryone received something wonderful in return.”(Continued on Page 2)HCC SPONSORS ZHAO YAN ZHONGInside this issue.The Year of the Boar:Amazing Success Achieved1HCC Sponsors Zhao Yan Zhong1A Year in Review Photo Essay2Dumplings, Mentoring Top It OffWith the Best Winter Fests3A Look at the Numbers.3Baoji: Wang Makes Major Progress4News from Saiqi Orphanage4A Letter from the President5New HCC Leadership for theYear of the Rat5HBy Sarah Cramer ’08arvard China Care sponsoredan urgent surgery for Zhao YanZhong, a thirteen-month-oldboy currently living in the China CareFoundation’sTaiyuanChildren’s Home, this pastDecember.Yan Zhong has successfully undergone surgery tocorrect a condition knownas diaphragmatic eventration. This condition,which involves one partof the diaphragm pressing up against alung, results in difﬁculty with breathing.Dr. Jia Jun of Peking University Hospital performed Zhao Yan Zhong’s surgery on December 17, 2007.According to his doctors, the surgerywas a success and ZhaoYan Zhong will not needa follow-up surgery.A week and a half after this surgery, he underwent a hernia operationas well.(Continued on Page 4)
Volume II, Issue 4REFLECTING ON THE YEAR OF THE BOAR1(Continued from Page 1)Another HCC program, this one for adoptedChinese children ages nine and up, has expandedin the past year to include several boys. Recentlyrenamed as the XiongDi/JieMei (Brothers andSisters) Mentoring program, replacing “MeiMei/JieJie,” this branch of HCC successfully fosteredover 25 mentor-mentee relationships this past year.One of its most memorable events was an outing to arestaurant in Boston’s Chinatown for dim sum during theChinese New Year. And of2345course, making delicious dumplings at both Mentoring Program and Dumplings Playgroup eventsstill ranks as an all-time favorite activity.In addition, to help families continue to exploreChinese culture outside these programs, HCC recently produced China Beyond the Great Wall: A Guideto Introducing Your Child to the Chinese Culture in Boston.From information on Chinese recipes, restaurants,and holidays to listings of relevant children’s books,language and cultural classes, this guide serves as acomprehensive reference for parents.Medical NeedsAs the newest component of the organization,the HCC Medical Committee has strived to notonly collect much-needed medical supplies to sendto orphanages in China, but also raise communityawareness of prominent diseases from which manyorphans suffer.To that end, the committee created a Medical Conditions book, which comprises of important facts on more than 20 common conditions.HCC furthermore organized “A Night with JoanKaufman,” during which Professor Kaufman, whois a lecturer in Social Medicine at Harvard MedicalSchool, spoke of her research and the challengesfaced by orphans with HIV/AIDS in China.Changing Lives, One Child At A Time6789Page 2Over the course of its internship program,HCC has sent more than 30 volunteers to orphanages throughout China. During this past summer,volunteers worked directly with children in theNew Hope Foundation and the Luoyang Children’s Home. Working in a joint program withHong Kong Polytechnic University, HCC also sentvolunteers to the Saiqi Orphanage.An incredibly successful fundraising effort in2007 has translated into a signiﬁcant, tangible difference made in the lives of the(Continued on Page 3)1. At an October Dumplingsplaygroup; 2. At a DecemberDumplings playgroup; 3. Playingmusical chairs in Saiqi; 4. In SaiqiOrphanage; 5. At a XiongDi/JieMei Mentoring event; 6. Baoji’sChildren’s Home; 7. CelebratingJessica Chao and Jessica Yang’sruns in the Boston Marathon; 8. Ata March Dumplings playgroup; 9.At a February Mentoring dim sumouting in Boston’s Chinatown.
Harvard China CareMANY SUCCESSES(Continued from Page 2)many abandoned and orphaned children in China.With 94,000 raised this past year alone, in fourshort years, HCC has raised a grand total of over 150,000. A major component of its successstemmed from the donations to its Second AnnualFall Beneﬁt, which featured the fashionable stylesof world-renowned designer Anne Namba.These funds not only sponsored surgeries forfour orphans, but as HCC completed its ﬁnancialcommitment to Saiqi Orphanage, they also haveenabled HCC to fully support the operational costsof the Baoji’s Children’s Home, which opened lastNovember. The home provides intensive medicalcare to nurse the sickest orphans in the area back tohealth. HCC has been proud to learn of and reportthe immeasurable impact the home has already hadon the lives of nine babies.“We have high hopes for the difference we canmake through the Baoji’s Children’s Home,” Immediate Past President Eva Liu ’08 said.Harvard China Care is extremely excited for theYear of the Rat. Thank you for all your supportof our work - our many programs, projects, andevents to support the orphans of China would notbe possible without you!A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS.RevenuePrivate Donations. 4,954.99Fall Beneﬁt. 76,855.50Boston Marathon. 9,035.30Grants. 2,095.60Other Fundraisers. 1,666.67Expenditure3 Cleft Palate Surgeries. 1,500.001 Lung Surgery. 1,136.00Baoji’s Children’s Home. 50,000.00Saiqi Orphanage. 10,000.00Domestic Programs. 1,173.37Impact: PricelessDUMPLINGS, MENTORING TOP ITOFF WITH THE BEST WINTER FESTSCooking various favorite cultural play games, and learn about, make, anddishes, dozens of families in eat a variety of Winter Fest foods.Harvard China Care’s DumpWhile ﬁlling up on frosting and cooklings Playgroup and its XiongDi/JieMei ies, the mentor-mentee pairs caught up(Brothers and Sisters) Mentoring Pro- on stories from the holidays. To trulygram celebrated the Chinese Winter Fes- ring in Winter Fest, they then worked totival together at events on December 15, gether to mix juices and teas with tapioca2007 and January 12, 2008, respectively.bubbles to create their customized verAfter learning about famous leg- sions of the classic Chinese bubble tea,ends, with the helpand also wrapped “tangof HCC volunteers,yuan” (soup balls)!the energetic kidsThe Mentoring eventin the Dumplingsconcluded with a rousPlaygroup ﬁrst ening game of Telephonethusiastically madeCharades.their own specialWhile on the oneChinese treats beforehand, the Decembereagerly trying themcelebration marked theout. From theﬁnal playgrouporganizedbydelicious egg2007 Dumplingstarts to theCoordinatorssavory springGao and Jessicarolls, the kidsDuby ’09, thediscoveredJanuary festivalthat they nowmarked the ﬁrsthave somenew favoriteevent organizeddishes.by new 2008“The WinMentoring Co(Clockwise from Top) Making egg tarts at Dumpter Fest was a lings; Playing Telephone Charades at Mentoring; ordinators Jestasty delight,” Trying out a spring roll at Dumplings.sica Wen ’10 andImmediateKathy Han ’10.Past DumpChina Care’slings Co-Coordinator Su Gao ’10 said.Dumplings Playgroup and MentoringIn HCC’s China Beyond the Great Wall: Program coordinators have announcedA Guide to Introducing Your Child to the the upcoming dates for the 2008 springChinese Culture in Boston, each family also semester, and they look forward to holdreceived copies of the treats’ recipes.ing events in the future that will continueLikewise, in January, mentors and to foster cultural awareness and an atmomentees gathered to decorate cookies, sphere of warmth and excitement!A MENTEE’S BIRTHDAY GIFTSWith the help of a mentee’s generous birthday fundraiser, HCC sponsored the cleft palate surgeries forthese orphans this past year!(From Far Left) Dang Yi Wang;Dang Yi Wu; Dang Yi Song.Page 3
Volume II, Issue 4BAOJI UPDATEWANG MAKES MAJOR PROGRESSOZHAO NOW RECOVERING(Continued from Page 1)After recovery, Zhao Yan Zhong will be readyto move into a foster home with a loving family.Until this move, he will continue to be taken careof by the staff of the Children’s Home where, according to a staff member, he very much enjoysbeing held as often as possible by caretakers.Zhao has proven to be a resilient child, overcoming the serious challenges his health has presented him in the past.HCC funds were allocated to Zhao Yan Zhong’ssurgery as it was deemed urgent by the China CareFoundation.f the ﬁve new babies broughtto the Baoji’s Children’s Homelast November, the health condition of Wang Qing Ping was judged tobe one of the most severe. Yet, althoughorphanage staff at that point almostconcluded that little could be done forher, WangQing Ping hassince madequite remarkable and encouraging improvement.Becauseof a very premature birth,Wang QingPing arrivedfrom Above)in the Chil- (ClockwiseWang Qing Ping in Nodren’s Home vember 2007, Decemberw e i g h i n g 2007, and January 2008.only 1.1 kg.Her condition has required constant monitoringby staff; she frequently stopped breath-ing and needed stimulation in order tobegin breathing again. She also had tobe fed a mixture of breast milk and premature infant formula with a feedingtube.W a n gQing Ping isnow m o r et h a n threemonths-oldand weighs2.9 kg!H a r va r dChina Carehas receiveda link to avideo of hertaken by hercaregivers inBeijing. It canbe viewed athttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v gINObQIYqxs.NEWS FROM SAIQI ORPHANAGE: AN EXCITING NEW HOME IN NINGDEEBy Chengjie Zheng ’082007 Orphanage Liaisonxcitement reigns in a beloved homein Saiqi, Fujian. For the 42 childrenresiding in Saiqi Orphanage, theconstruction of a building in the neighboring city of Ningde has for years promised adifferent experience and a new home.The director, Ms. Xu, has worked indefatigably to complete this new orphanagedespite ﬁnancial constraints – and we areexcited to report that the younger childrenhave now already been able to move in! Theolder children will join them once the current academic year ﬁnishes, meaning thatnext year, they will be able to enjoy a betterschool system in Ningde.However, there is still a lot of work to bePage 4Xu Chu Mei shows his excitement and love forthe care and attention he receives in Saiqi.done on the orphanage, as the new buildingis not yet completely furnished (in China,this includes windows, doors, wall paneling,and similar items). The rising cost of goods– including medical supplies – continues tocontribute to the orphanage’s budget constraints.Nevertheless, the children have been doing relatively well. For example, Xu Dan Danhas demonstrated herself to be a very goodartist, and recently developed an interest incoordinating activities. After proposing adinner banquet a few months ago, she evenorganized the necessary preparations herself!In addition, Xu Qiao Yun has developed alove for singing, and is frequently gracing theorphanage with her vocal pieces.Over the past several years, the Saiqi Orphanage has been one of the projects closestto our hearts, and as we transition to fullyfunding the new Baoji’s Children’s Home, wehope to continue to provide support to Saiqion a more individual-need basis.As the children of Saiqi Orphanage moveto live in Ningde, we hope that they will continue to enliven their new home with theirtalents and energy!
Harvard China CareA LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTDear Friends of Harvard China Care,2007 HCC Executive BoardIt is hard to believe that Harvard China Care has just ﬁnished its fourth year. Andwithin these years, HCC has accomplished so much. Since our inception, we have sentover thirty volunteers to China’s orphanages, raised over 150,000 to fund surgeriesand cover operational costs, helped build a school for visually impaired orphans, organized nearly ﬁfty Dumplings playgroups, successfully fostered over thirty-ﬁve mentormentee relationships, and much more! This year alone we raised over 65,000 to opena new Children’s Home in Baoji, China.The growth of Harvard China Care would not have been possible without the supportof the parents in our Dumplings playgroup and Mentoring program, the orphanagedirectors in China who permit Harvard China Care volunteers to spend time in theirorphanages, and members of the Harvard community. To all of them, I express mydeepest gratitude. Furthermore,all of HCC’s“The stunning growth of HCC in so short a successes in thepast year would time is incredible, but our once-unimaginable not have beenpossible without the hard workachievements are by no means HCC’s limits.of an amazinggroup of students,who have self- Thank you so much to all HCC members and lessly devoted numerous hours to supporters. It is only because of you that we the work of HCChave made – and will continue to make –– from stayingup late on a Fridaya difference that spans the globe.”night to maketemplates for theSat
Year of the Rat By Elaine Liu ’10 D uring the Year of the Boar, a respected animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar that is often noted for its gallant heart and its devoted service to others, Harvard China Care set signiﬁ cant new records in its work to improve the lives of aban-doned, orphaned, and adopted Chinese