It is my pleasure to share with you the recent development and events that have taken place in SOS Children’s Village Qiqihar during the last 6 months.
After the New Year’s Day, children attending primary school had their school term exam on January 5th; children attending middle school had their exam January 10th, then their winter vocation started, the youths attending colleges and universities out of Qiqihar all came back at the village. In order to make their living of holiday season full of temperament and interests, we arranged rich children’s activities for them, we prepared many new books for them in the village library; the village computer room opened for them in the afternoon; we also invite English teacher and drawing teach to teacher the children who interested in them.
2011 is the Rabbit’s year, so children decorated their rooms with some kinds of rabbit, even some children wear the clothes with rabbit pattern. From the middle of January the children are organized to prepare the celebrating activities for the Chinese New Year’s Day (which is called Spring Festival), the village orchestra and dancing team were both busy at practicing new performs, the celebrating day was chosen at January 26th which is 7 days before the new year’s day (which is called the festival before the spring festival). Many local leaders, donators and friends joined in the celebrating activities, then they also visited each SOS families to see our children and give them their gifts and they also made Chinese dumpling together with the family members, at last they watched the celebrating program on TV together with our children.
Do you celebrate Lantern Festival? In China it falls on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, usually in February or March in the Gregorian calendar. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuanxiao Festival. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere. In the village children enjoy in taking small red lanterns, they like to play outside together in that evening, the lanterns are made by our children themselves, they showed their different lanterns each others, most of the lanterns they made this year were the pattern of rabbit; they were very happy playing and even went to bed till mid-night.
There were too much snow and it was very cold last winter, it snowed almost twice a week, people even had to sweep the snow everyday.
As usual the village celebrated the international children’s day with many kinds of activities for the primary school children and the kids in the village kindergarten, we brought them to the zoo to see animals and then rest by the lake; children were playing there happily all that day.
At present children are busy at their studies in different schools both in and out of Qiqihar. They are so happy because there are many kind people like you are showing your concern and giving your love to them.
Thank you again for your continued support towards our work for the needy children!
Best wishes from all the people in the village!
Ms. Zhang Fengqin 张风琴(Village Director)