Solenn Hourdin: sponsor and volunteer in Shanghai
Solenn is a French mother who moved to Shanghai 15 years ago after 11 years in Portugal. Her move to China was a long-term project for her and her family, with the aim of trying to integrate as much as possible as foreigners, visiting the country, understanding the culture(s) of China… And when she found out about Couleurs de Chine through a friend who was involved with the association, it seemed obvious to her that she too should get involved, as a new stone in her building in the country…
« I’ve had an emotional attachment to Couleurs de Chine since 2010, first and foremost as a sponsoring family, because it’s all about getting our family involved, helping our daughters to understand our commitment and the reality of China outside the big cosmopolitan metropolises.
Why Couleurs de Chine and not another association? Because it brings together two concepts that I hold particularly dear: education, which I see as the major pillar of any society offering the possibility of a better future to young girls who don’t all have access to it, but also for their families and for China, the country of welcome and adoption – where my two daughters were born – by highlighting the lives of Chinese minorities.
At the end of last year, when the team in Shanghai was looking for new volunteers to continue what had been built and developed to raise the profile of this association, I decided to get more personally involved with a new team, so to speak, because the Covid situation had come to a head, and Couleurs de Chine – known as the Fang Fang Education Project in China – had lost visibility and the actions carried out there had unfortunately been very limited for almost four years. What’s more, this involvement has enabled me to meet some wonderful people from different backgrounds with the same communicative and energising motivation, both foreign and Chinese, in order to develop new actions here with one of the main objectives: to make the association more widely known in the Chinese community. We are currently thinking about how we can launch new initiatives in Shanghai in the near future. I’d also like to pay tribute to the Danian team’s fantastic work in the field! »
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