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QIAO Won the Grand Prize of Volunteer PR Contest

A non-profit organization of student called “QIAO” has won the grand prize of the 3rd Volunteer PR Contest V-1 2012. Please visit here to see their prize winning short film titled “Bonds between People Can Change People”. http://gkv1.jp/
QIAO is a volunteer group whose members are university and college students and we have been supporting them for quite some time. Their activities are to contribute to the people affected by leprosy in China through work camps together with local Chinese students. They stay in a Chinese leprosy village for some time and work to improve the physical and mental well-being of the people in the village. They pave the roads, fix roofs, construct toilets but in addition to those kinds of physical works, their great contribution is to bring about new winds to the relationships between the villagers and people living nearby. Seeing student volunteers mix easily with the villagers, the long sustained discrimination and stigma toward the villagers in the people living nearby changes gradually. Just as the title of their short film shows, bounds between people do change people.
QIAO is now working on to spread their activities outside China and their next destination is most likely to be Myanmar. They went to Myanmar in August 2012 in order to see if it was possible to hold a work camp there. They are working hard to make it come true.