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 Love Like An Ocean: Bring Me Hope Summer Camp Kicks Off in China with Ford and JMC support

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NANCHANG, China — The families of Ford employees in China have been going further to support children who are orphaned, underprivileged or have special needs.

Nanchang Cares4Kids, a volunteer group in Jiangxi province founded by Nanchang-based international Ford families, were part of the recent 2012 Bring Me Hope (BMH) Summer Camp held on the campus grounds of Nanchang University.

Founded in 2011, Nanchang Cares4Kids has since grown to include foreign expats from around the world and Chinese locals from all walks of life in Nanchang. This year’s BMH volunteers consisted of local university students as well as volunteers from other parts of the country, international BMH volunteers from the U.S., Australia, India and Cape Verde residing in Nanchang.
Under the theme “Love Like An Ocean”, the camp kicked off on a scorching summer’s day with 20 children from Jiujiang Sun village and Nanchang SOS Village who were invited to join the volunteers for a five-day camping experience.
After the official welcome and introductions on the first day, the children and volunteers spent four unforgettable days together, playing group games, baking cakes, singing heart-warming songs, and most importantly, learning some life lessons and building deep relationships with one another.
“They learned about being valued and not giving up even when obstacles come their way, important life lessons for all of us,” said Praveen Cherian, organiser and co-founder of Nanchang Cares4Kids.
The children prepared journals, drew pictures and prepared memory books as well as crafts. They also spent the mornings swimming and in the afternoon, did face-painting – and not just their faces, but also their arms, hands and legs.
Children also left heart-warming messages for their volunteers on the drawings.
“Thank you for taking care of me this week. I know that you must have been very tired but you were always smiling. You are a good sister. I really hope we can meet again in future,” wrote Xiao Xiao, a physically challenged girl who attended the camp.  
Besides on-campus activities such as picture-drawing and writing a journal as well as face-painting the volunteers, children also went on evening outings to Bayi Square for city sightseeing and fireworks.
As one of the major sponsors of the event for the past seven years, Jiangling Motor Company (JMC), Ford’s Commercial Investment in China, invited the kids to a half-day trip to its assembly plant.
BMH is planning to have their largest camp in Nanchang next year, further strengthening their partnership with JMC/Ford, who sponsored similar BMH camps in six other cities that have benefited 347 children this year. 
“We cannot thank JMC/Ford enough for the past seven years of loyal support. Through our partnership and work, hundreds of orphans have been able to come to summer camp and be loved,” said David Bolt, executive director of the BMH Foundation, which is based in California.
“Not only do the children feel encouraged and loved at camp, but they also meet volunteers who have helped in year-round ways to help meet their needs. Some of the kids have been moved to foster homes, been adopted, financially supported, or received medical attention.  JMC/Ford has helped provide transportation that has led to changed lives,” he added.
 
Pirates family in Taiyuan: JMC/Ford sponsored BMH to be held in six other cities and helped over 300 children.
I got you: volunteers and children playing games.
   
Water Fight Starts! 
“Thank you sister, hope we meet again soon” – Xiao Xiao.
   
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9/5/2012 3:55 AM