Spread the Love and Light the Hope
- The Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II and City College of Wenzhou University Jointly Held for the First Time a Charity Activity “Help Poor African Children”

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II [Time]    2014-04-14 15:42:45 
 

On the morning of December 24, Cameroon local time, a charity activity “Help Poor African Children” jointly held by the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II and City College of Wenzhou University took place as scheduled. Members of the co-organizer, local charity association “The Road of Hope”, together with all the volunteer teachers of the Confucius Institute participated in this event. In the presence of the audience and local media, over 10 primary or secondary school students from impoverished families received the “Best Wishes” coming from the Confucius Institute and distant China before Christmas.

The charity fund of this activity was donated by the college students of the Branch School of Finance in City College of Wenzhou University. The school advisor, Mr. Wen Guozhu, used to work as a volunteer Chinese language teacher for one year in the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II. He fostered a deep friendship with local students and forged an indissoluble bond with Cameroon. In November 2013, Mr. Wen received a letter from his Cameroonian students asking for help. At the news of this letter, the Institute contacted Mr. Wen and decided to launch a charity activity “Help Poor African Children”. The fund-raising event was successfully held in Wenzhou University on December 15, 2013. Over 300 students of the Branch School of Finance offered their “love” to African children, which brought in 3,914 yuan for the charity. On behalf of all the volunteer Chinese language teachers, the Institute also donated to and organized this charity activity.

Thanks to the efforts of the volunteer Chinese language teachers, the charity fund soon turned into many “Christmas gifts”, including books, stationery, candies and holiday red envelopes, which made the needy Cameroonian children feel the earnest season’s greetings from distant China before Christmas.

On behalf of the Confucius Institute, Dr. Zhou Shuqing, a Chinese language teacher of the Institute, expressed season’s greetings to the local children aided by this activity and sincerely hoped that they could realize their dreams through efforts and create a beautiful future. Dr. Zhou also promised that in addition to the “Christmas gifts”, all the aided children were granted free Chinese learning course in the Confucius Institute. Afterwards, the person in charge of the co-organizer, local charity association “The Road of Hope” gave a speech, in which he showed the earnest gratitude to Chinese college students and the Confucius Institute on behalf of the aided children and Cameroonian charity organizations. He also acclaimed Chinese people for always being willing to help others, and spoke highly of this charity activity as a manifestation of Chinese traditional virtues which lighted up the children’s hope and confidence for life.

“The grateful heart, being grateful for having you…” With the warm-hearted melody, over ten primary or secondary school students from needy families in Yaounde and neighboring cities went onto the stage one by one and received the “warm energy” from China. Looking at the gifts, all the children smiled brightly.

The charity activity “Help Poor African Children” has spread positive energy and promoted fine Chinese traditional virtues of being kind to people and willing to offer help, which serves as a good opportunity to promote Chinese culture and enhance the influence of the Confucius Institute in Cameroon. In the future, the Confucius Institute at the University of Yaounde II will keep carrying out such charity activities, try to integrate into local communities and schools, and demonstrate the good image of the Confucius Institute, in an attempt to strengthen the mutual understanding and profound friendship between China and Cameroon.

Local TV stations, newspapers, radio stations and Internet media all reported this activity. The representatives of the Institute teachers, the charity association and the students were invited for an interview after the activity.

By Duan Ting