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Please watch this heart-felt documentary on the work Promised Land is doing to help children in China. To learn more about, or donate to, the Promised Land Annual Fundraiser, click here.

 

 

Documentary Transcript:

 

I1: 应许之地是一家慈善机构,它是针对在深圳的,外来务工人员的自闭症的孩子,是罗老师一手创办的

T: The Promised Land is a charity that targets the autistic children of workers from Mainland China, and was created solely by Mrs. Reynolds.

 

We are a registered Hong Kong charity, working with individuals in China that have mental disabilities and developmental disabilities such as autism, brain damage, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mentally retarded, and ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. WE work mostly with individuals that are from mainland that are working here in Shenzhen and they don’t have any confirmed tuition so they pay what they can afford. We work with individuals 8 years and older, and our main focus is to get them out of the promised land and into Chinese society, whether it is the Chinese education system or the Chinese workforce.

 

They’re divided into two groups, the small kids and the older kids, and within those groups we have the school group and the learning group and then the work group and then the working group in the big kids. The school group in the small kids classes our main focused on giving them scholastic skills so that they can go into the main public school system and we’ve had a few that have. With older individuals our main focus is to give them more diversified work skills just as handicraft, using tools, using computers, cooking, cleaning, all these kind of things so they can be brought into work force and we already have one girl who isout at the work force, and we have a company that has already met with us, taking some of our older individual and start training them for the company to work. 

 

I started doing special education because i had to make a future for Moses. And there wasn’t any. So I started to do the training, and more and more people came, and I helped a lot of kids, and then I realized that Moses was like the most difficult to train, and it was really funny because he wouldn’t speak and was not willing to cooperate and it was just awful. And, anyways then there was this one girl that came with her parents that wouldn’t talk and within a half hour I had her talking. And I was like wow, this is really neat.

 

Finances are always an issue the more funds we have the more children we can help, you know to hire more teachers and also improve facility, so these are all issues that we would like to address because the more kids we help now, the more kids that can go into society and don’t need to be hurt by society, so the way we raise funds is were have what we call promised land partners, they can be corporations or individuals. They pledge to commit a certain amount every month, and the minimum for corporations is 5k a month, and the min for individuals is 800 per month. and the minimum to give for is for 3 years, so there 3 4 5 years and they pledge to give that money and that helps a lot. So we keep them informed on what’s going on and they like to support us and see if the kids are improving and getting new skills, learning new skills.

 

 

我们是一个已注册的香港慈善机构,扶助的对象是来自中国的小孩。他们都遭受着智力上的或者发育上的残疾,例如自闭症、脑损伤、脑性瘫痪、智力发育缓慢、注意力不集中症等。孩子们的大多数在深圳生活,而对于他们并没有固定的资金来源,因此学费不是固定的,而是根据他们家庭不同的经济水平有着不同的标准的。我们的主要目标是将这些8岁以上的孩子们培养成将来能够踏出应许之地,踏进中国教育系统,成为中国社会的贡献者。

 

孩子们被分成了两个大组,岁数小一点的和岁数大一点的。而在这些年龄分组里,孩子们又被分成了学校组、学习组、工作组等。在小朋友的学校组中,我们的主要目标是教授他们学科知识,从而将来他们将有机会进入中国的教育系统——我们已经让不少小朋友成功地融入进了中国的教育系统中了。而对于大朋友组来说,主要的重心在于让他们掌握各种不同的工作技巧,例如做手工、使用工具、操作电脑、做菜、打扫卫生等他们有能力完成、并能够让他们将来找到工作的一些事情。而且我们已经有些学生已经在工作了。有一家公司已经与我们见面了,并且接受了我们一部分年纪比较大的学员,训练他们而且让他们工作。

 

我做这些事情的原因是我想为一个名叫Moses的小孩创造未来。在遇见我之前,Moses看不到他的未来。因此我为他开始了对他的培训,久而久之更多小孩来到了我这里,而我帮助的孩子越来越多。但我发现,Moses是最难培训的,但这也很好笑因为他不太肯说话,也不太愿意和我合作。不过有次有个女孩随着她的父母来到了我这里,也不大愿意说话,但半小时后我就让她敞开心扉了,我当时觉得,wow这太神奇了。

 

资金一直都是一个不小的问题。资金越多,我们能帮助的小孩就越多。资金多了的话,能聘用的老师就多了,设施也能升级了。这个问题挺迫在眉睫的,因为如果我们现在能够帮助到更多的小孩,那么十年后就会有更少的类似的人可以不受伤害地融入到社会中了。而我们筹集资金的途径是来自应许之地的合作伙伴们,他们有的是公司,有的是个人。他们承诺每个月都给予我们一定的帮助,比如说公司一个月至少资助我们5000元,而个人一个月也至少能为我们提供800元。同时,作为合作伙伴,我们的合作关系至少会维持3年。因此,我们从他们身上得到了极大的帮助。同时,我们也与他们保持密切的联系,向他们汇报着每一个小孩的进步,他们也都很乐意支持我们。

 

摊子:这是他们自己纯手工制作的。这些都是他们手工做的?对对对对。这些是他和其他一些孩子做的。

 

They are all hand-made.Are all those hand-made? Yes,yes,yes. They are made by him and other kids.

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