JIUJIANG, China — Joined by students from local colleges and universities, and other local volunteers, “Nanchang Cares4Kids” (NC4K) – the volunteer group founded by Ford Nanchang-based international employees and their families – visited Sun Village Orphanage to bring a little bit of joy to their lives with a day of sport and painting activities.
After a 3-hour bus ride, volunteers arrived on a warm, beautiful spring day with a new badminton set and a new table tennis table and paddles. Children at the orphanage were just as jubilant after a rainy winter, eagerly engaging international and local volunteers in some outdoor activities.
For those children who are not big sports fans and for those who like to have a break from table tennis, soccer and basketball games, volunteers prepared just as many indoor activities including a nail painting salon, face painting, paper and crayons, and a puzzle for the creative minds.
It did not take long for the volunteers, many of whom were college students, to discover the giving was reciprocal rather than one-way.
“After meeting with the brave children at the orphanage, I felt that it has been too long for me to take things for granted, like tasty food, pretty clothes, love from parents,” said Tina, a freshmen at Nanchang Institute of Technology, who heard about the visit from her English teacher. “Spending a day with them really makes me reflect upon my own life.”
Supported by both Ford and Jiangling Motor Company (JMC), Ford’s commercial vehicle investment, NC4K is now cooperating with local and international charity group to help underprivileged children and their families in Nanchang Province. The group’s deeds radiate an infectious enthusiasm for the local communities as more volunteers like Tina have joined the charity visits to orphanages and child care centres.
“I always feel sad when the time comes that the day of visiting has to end,” said Rebecca Scholtes, a member of NC4K. “We left the children books that have been donated and we are planning to come back in September.”
Paintings and puzzle solving were prepared for children who prefer indoor activities
Many volunteers become friends with the children and learn things from them