CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!

Thank you, Mimi!

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A very special thank you is due to a part of our CCAI family: Mimi.
 
Mimi is not only a CCAI mom of two beautiful sons, she is also a long-time and dedicated CCAI volunteer. As a well-known mural artist, she contributes to CCAI’s charity mission by going to China and decorating Lily Orphan Care Centers with incredibly beautiful wall murals that delight children and caretakers’ hearts.
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This summer she responds to CCAI Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s need by once again, showcasing her artistic talent. The splendid Chinese garden and magnificent Chinese dragon she painted add authenticity and life to our cultural center. We can’t wait to unveil the new mural to our students next month.
 
If you want to volunteer at CCAI or JCCC, please contact us at mail@ccaifamily.org.

JCCC celebrates summer volunteers

4I1A4755This afternoon, JCCC staff invited all their summer teen volunteers to come celebrate what they were able to accomplish together. The pizza party was rich in laughter and fun.

In the past year, volunteers have:

  • Painted walls in the JCCC building
  • Cooked and assisted in other ways with field trips hosted by JCCC
  • Staffed the China Charm gift shop
  • Assisted with dance and language classes
  • Emceed the Chinese New Year Event

JCCC is in need of volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year. In particular, an intern is needed through mid-February to assist with organizing the Chinese New Year activities. Photography/videography skills are a plus. To apply, contact Phyllis at school3@chinesechildren.org.

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The Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) exists to provide cultural and emotional support to adopted Chinese children and to offer Chinese cultural and language education to children and adults of all backgrounds in our communities and across the country.

Nine Chinese students complete JCCC Immersion Camp

4I1A4003Two weeks ago, nine students between the ages of 11 and 16 boarded flights for a country they had never been to in hopes of learning from people they had never met. Since then, students of the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center’s Summer English Immersion Camp have worked to improve their English language skills and understanding of American culture.

“I can’t imagine doing what you all have done at your age,” Camp Counselor Kyle Botts told the students during the closing program in CCAI Family‘s main building. “I just want to say I’m so proud of you all. Communicating was very difficult when camp first started and this morning we were talking in full sentences!”

4I1A3955During the course of the two-week camp, students alternated between educational sessions on American culture topics like etiquette and holiday traditions and field trips.

“I loved the Museum of Nature & Science,” said Tin Tin, the oldest of the group. “They had a robot there. I had never seen technology like that before.”

Between the field trips and American food experiences, there seemed to be one other major component the campers were particularly thankful for: their host families.

“My host Mom always made me to feel at home,” said Tin Tin. “She even made mung bean soup, a traditional Chinese recipe for me. She liked it and will keep making it now, she says.”

4I1A3950Tin Tin also recounted the fun time he had with his family at the zoo and how they taught him how to dive on a swimming outing.

Before the camp concluded, I listened in during the class session on Halloween. When asked what the students would choose to dress up as, Tin Tin exclaimed, “Harry Potter!” and the class erupted with laughter.

The memories and friendships gained on this trip are sure to last the campers a lifetime.

To learn more about courses offered at JCCC, visit joyouscenter.org.

 

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Joyous Chinese Cultural Center Celebrates the Year of the Monkey!

Happy Chinese New Year, CCAI Family!!!

Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu Lion DanceThis past Friday, February 6th, the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center ushered in the new Year of the Monkey with their annual Chinese New Year Celebration!  The beautiful event was attended by over 1000 family members and friends and featured breathtaking performances from our incredible (and incredibly adorable) JCCC dancers and actors (well done, Adult Chinese Language Class!), as well as a Chinese magician!

Chinese Level 8 Dance Class Performs Traditional Fan Dance

Opening up with an electrifying Lion Dance from the talented Shaolin Hung Mei Kung Fu students and closing with a heartwarming group sing-along to “The Ocean is My Homeland”, the unforgettable evening was yet another beautiful success.

We loved all of the fantastic performances and catching up with friends, old and new.  CCAI and JCCC wish you all a happy and healthy Year of the Monkey, brimming with blessings and delicious food!

Xin Nian Kuai Le!  Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Our Cultural Center Director Receives High Award

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Chinese Consulate General Zhao Weiping from Chicago presents JCCC Director Yu Li with the award for her Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Culture Promotion.

We are very excited to announce that our own JCCC Director, Yu Li, was honored during a luncheon with the Chinese Consulate General, Zhao Weiping, last Thursday in recognition of her Outstanding Contribution to Chinese Culture Promotion!

Yu Li is a 19-year veteran of the Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (www.joyouscenter.org) and has been one of the key players in helping to build JCCC from a single room at the original CCAI office in Littleton, CO to now one of the only Chinese cultural center in the country with its own building! She has taught everything from cooking, games, dances, and language to recording tapes for language lessons and music for Chinese songs.

“I knew from the beginning that our school started out right. We were the only school specifically organized for adopted Chinese children. Our kids have grown up more confident and with role models and friends who look like them. Our school is where kids really discover their roots,” says Yu Li.

JCCC’s Annual Chinese New Year Celebration – Happy Year of the Goat!

Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center hosted their fantastic Chinese New Year Celebration last Friday to a packed house!  The amazing JCCC students and teachers all did such an incredible job with this year’s performances!

This event is open to the public.  In addition to our wonderful JCCC student performances, the evening was highlighted with a New Year’s greeting from Josh and Lily and a wonderful welcome from City of Centennial Mayor Cathy Noon, and was attended by China’s Embassy Official Gao and Dan, as well as Councilman Keith Gardner.

Thank you to everyone who attended this beautiful celebration!  We had an absolute blast!

DVD’s of the entire performance will be available at the beginning of March!

Happy Year of the Goat, CCAI Family!  May this year bring you much happiness, joy, and blessings.