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OCEF一线风采:朝圣路,助学路




编者按:这是一条朝圣的路,法籍华人陶嘉用他更坚定、虔诚的双脚和爱心把这条路走成了一条充满了爱和美善的助学之路。这次旅程共分两次行程,第一程陶嘉走了350公里、15天,写了20多篇美篇游记,共募得助学善款¥8万多元,经由OCEF发给了34个来自贵州、甘肃、山西、黑龙江和内蒙古的贫困学童。第二程历时72天,陶嘉在烈日酷暑、风雨兼程里,翻山越岭,行程1600公里,翻越了海拔1400米高的比利牛斯山,期间写了近50篇日志,为OCEF募集到助学善款近¥35万元。这些钱将再次经由OCEF在未来的时间里分发到大洋彼岸每个华人眷恋牵念的那块土地上一个个需要的孩子们手里,与以往一样,这每一笔助学的善款就如一颗颗光明的火种,会一点点地温暖、照亮每个被帮助孩子的内心和前程。

本文作者介绍:Fangqi,OCEF北加州义工,主动推荐了OCEF作为陶嘉徒步之旅的慈善公益合作机构,持续对此慈善之旅鼓与呼,多方宣传并慷慨解囊。同时她与助学组、捐款人服务组紧密合作,细心负责地甄选受益学生,以实现陶嘉与众多捐款人希望资助贫困学生上学的初衷和心愿。

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夏日蓝色的傍晚,我将踏上小径,
拨开尖尖麦芒,穿越青青草地,
梦想家,我从脚底感受到梦的清新。
我的头顶上,清风习习。
什么也不说,什么也不想,
无尽的爱却涌入我的灵魂,
我将远去,到很远的地方,
……
(Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud,19世纪法国著名诗人)

七月盛夏,骄阳似火,在西班牙的一条千年古道上,风尘仆仆地走着一位法籍华人;他是我的高中同学陶嘉。这可不是条普通的古道,它是著名的圣雅各朝圣之路(Camino de Santiago或St. James’ Way)。古往今来,千千万万的朝圣者在上面留下了一串串虔诚和信念的脚印。这条朝圣路有多个起点,起始欧洲各国,途径法国,在法国境内汇集成四条主干道,然后横穿法国西班牙交界的比利牛斯山脉,殊途同归,终于西班牙西北角的圣地亚哥·德孔波斯特拉(Santiago de Compostela),一般要三个月左右走完。

不同于单纯的朝圣者,陶嘉是背负着使命上路的,这个使命就是帮助中国贫困地区的学童募集教育资金。对于陶嘉来说,朝圣之旅也是助学之路!这次实际上是陶嘉千里之行的第二程,也是最后一程。第一程是在去年8月,陶嘉从法国中南小镇Le Puy-en-Velay迈出了第一步,踏上了他心之向往多年的朝圣之路,初衷是锻炼体能,历练心志,参观沿途历史文化古迹,欣赏大自然美丽山水。然而就在步行五天之后,他似乎忽然感悟到这条圣路的神喻,联想起了国内边远山区走远路上学的孩子们。“人在自己吃苦时,会更容易体会他人的痛苦”,这是他在路上遇到的一位80岁法国老人家的话语,他切身感受到了。“为国内贫困山区学童募捐!”他抓住了这一闪而过的念头,开始通过微信向朋友们发出呼吁:他将为贫困学童而走,所募善款将找个可靠的慈善机构为渠道捐给山区学童。我知道后,就请他考虑我们OCEF基金会,陶嘉当即说想到一起去了。陶嘉早先就知道OCEF,因我在OCEF义工多年,曾在春节之际为OCEF征集红包,陶嘉不仅热心捐款,还鼎力呼吁相助。陶嘉知道OCEF主要由义工组成,透明可靠,值得信赖。就这样,朝圣和助学完美结合,让这次朝圣之旅多了更丰富、美好的意义。

陶嘉白天辛劳步行,夜晚笔耕写日志,图文并茂,与朋友们分享日间遇见的美丽和感动,而募捐的形式则是通过文章打赏和微信红包。陶嘉的呼吁得到了他朋友们的热烈响应,他的美篇游记迅速传播,志同道合的新朋旧友纷纷加他微信,善款源源而来。第一程他走了350公里,15天,写了20多篇美篇游记,共募得善款¥8万多元,经由OCEF发给了34个来自贵州、甘肃、山西、黑龙江和内蒙古的贫困学童。我曾仔细看过这34个孩子的资料,都是急需帮助的孩子,其中有四个是孤儿,八个没有母亲或父亲,三个自己是残疾人,还有很多家里亲人身患重病,负债累累。OCEF资助的孩子们大多属于极贫困的,小小无辜的年纪就承受着难以承受的苦难。OCEF年复一年地努力着,希望对他们的资助能让他们在黑暗之中看到点点星光,由此获得些许的温暖和力量。

今年5月,陶嘉重上朝圣之路,继续为贫困学童募捐。他从去年停步的法国小城卡奥(Cahors)再踏征程,向圣雅各行进。出发首日,他贴出了原创《不忘初心》,我的朋友圈随即被刷屏了,从上到下都是《不忘初心》,满屏的爱心在追随。为了更好地跟朋友们交流沟通互动,陶嘉建了三个圣雅各朝圣之路跟踪群,合计上千来自世界各地的群友,其中有他的老乡、同学、老同事、南大校友、巴黎的相识、去年的捐款人、OCEF的义工、虔诚的基督徒,还有很多新结识的热心公益、愿助陶嘉一臂之力的朋友。陶嘉一边行路,一边在群里实时分享沿途的如画美景,叙述遇见的朝圣者的点滴故事,更新捐款情况和数目,回答群友各种提问。陶嘉虽是独自在路上,但他”吾道不孤”,背后有上千人的微信啦啦队支持他,鼓励他,转发他的游记,打赏他的文章,一路红包雨为他加油。我想,像陶嘉这样,一个拥有千人啦啦队的朝圣者,应该是这条古道上的独一人吧。

陶嘉的善行义举,同时也感召着他的追随者们,他们为了山区里的孩子们,力所能及地奉献自己的时间、精力、和金钱,有的志愿成为三个跟踪群的管理员,不辞辛苦地在各个群里转播陶嘉拍的照片及群里的对话,有的制作视频、音频、相册,有的每天播放美丽动听的音乐歌曲,有的在病中依然默默关注。一位居住香港的渊明先生,专程飞到法国,陪伴陶嘉走了一个星期,路上对陶嘉悉心照顾,尽力帮他打点衣食住行。我的高中同学卫平(也是陶嘉的同学),读了陶嘉的文章之后,感动不已,不仅立即慷慨捐款,还申请成为OCEF的义工,管理国外捐款人向OCEF直捐美元的捐款记录。来自纽约的陈建德先生,自去年起,已向OCEF直捐了三次,他曾作为上海知青在贵州生活过十几年,对那里有份特别的感情,非常想帮助贵州山区里的孩子们,陶嘉的朝圣募捐成就了他的心愿。还有许许多多的捐款人,包括一些路上时而相遇的朝圣者,客栈的服务员,有的免去陶嘉的餐费,住宿费,有的捐出欧元,各种方式,一分一厘都是爱心和情谊。陶嘉的朝圣助学路,是爱的纽带,受益的不仅是一边国内边远山区的学童,另一边无数善良之人因为爱心有了去处,善愿得以实现,也倍感欣慰。

陶嘉在路上,拍了几千张照片,留影了沿途的名胜古迹,法兰西和西班牙的风土人情,秀美的田园和城镇,宏伟的教堂,幽静的修道院,巍峨连绵的比利牛斯山脉,壮丽的桥梁,他每天都为我们带来令人陶醉的视觉盛宴。然而最打动他的不是美不胜收的风景,而是他遇到的人以及他和他们之间的故事,有的温馨暖人,有的荡气回肠,这些故事他都一一记录在他的美篇文稿中。陶嘉说,这条朝圣路上,让他感受最深的是熠熠生辉的人性,他将受益无穷,终生难忘。我想,对跟随他脚步的无数同道者而言,何尝不是同样的感受!这不正是这条朝圣之路的意义所在吗?人本性中,有神性的部分,也有兽性的部分,人与动物的不同,在于人渴望提升自己神性的一面。古往今来,朝圣之路之所以吸引了千千万万前赴后继的朝圣者,正是因为他们渴望被救赎,渴望灵魂提升,渴望体会善的力量,渴望感受神的存在。从这个角度看,陶嘉他得到了,用他自己的原话讲:“我本一无所有,而今满载而归。”

陶嘉在烟雨蒙蒙中抵达了最后终点--西班牙最西端的大西洋海边的“天涯海角”(Fisterra)。这之前四天,他到达了朝圣之路目的地圣地亚哥·德孔波斯特拉,把朝圣助学路划上完美的句号。我作为他的同学和朋友,作为OCEF的义工,心中充满了感激和感恩。去年15天和今年72天,陶嘉告别妻儿,背着13公斤的背包,多半时间走在烈日酷暑中,上坡下坡,翻山越岭。路之艰辛,对体能和意志都是考验和挑战。然而他一步步地走下来了,在朋友们的鼓励声中,他走完了法国境内的700公里,翻越了1400米高的比利牛斯山,接着又走完了西班牙境内的900公里,期间写了近50篇日志,一步步艰辛透过笔尖演绎出精彩、动人和美善的情怀。陶嘉走完这一程后捐献¥35万元给OCEF,加上去年的¥8万,两年合计¥58万,了不起的善行壮举!祝贺陶嘉完成了使命,感谢他的支持者们一路的陪伴!

路有终点,爱无疆界!

附:
1)陶嘉美篇日志
2)陶嘉朝圣之路第一程(2016)善款用途汇报


From the Frontline of OCEF: A Pilgrimage for School Aid




Editor’s note: This is a road of pilgrimage; Tao Jia, a Chinese-French, made it a road of school aid with his resolute and faithful steps and loving heart. He took two trips on this journey. During the first trip, he walked 350 kilometers (about 220 miles) in 15 days, wrote over 20 entries in his journal, and raised over RMB¥80,000 (about USD$12,150) in donations, which OCEF has since distributed to 34 students in poverty in Guizhou, Gansu, Shanxi, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia. The second trip took him 72 days, during which he hiked 1,600 kilometers (nearly 1,000 miles) under the scorching sun or through storms, over mountains and valleys, including the 1,400-meter (about 4,600 feet) Pyrenees. He wrote almost 50 journal entries on this trip and raised nearly RMB¥350,000 (about USD$53,165), all of which will be distributed by OCEF to the children in need. As before, the funds will certainly warm up the kids’ heart and brighten up their future.

About the author: Fangqi, an OCEF volunteer in northern California, was instrumental in OCEF becoming the sponsoring charity for Tao Jia’s “pilgrimage.” During the journey, she served as a tireless promoter for the charity cause, joined the ranks of the donors herself, and worked closely with OCEF’s fund-raising and donor service teams to identify students who will receive assistance in order to satisfy Tao Jia’s and the donors’ wishes.

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On the blue summer evenings, I will go along the paths,
And walk over the short grass, as I am pricked by the wheat:
Daydreaming I will feel the coolness on my feet.
I will let the wind bathe my bare head. I will not speak,
I will have no thoughts: But infinite love will mount in my soul;
And I will go far, far off, like a gypsy.

(Jean Nicolas Arthur Rimbaud, 10th-century French poet)

Under the scorching sun in July this year, a Chinese-French, my high school classmate Tao Jia, was hiking on a 2,000-year-old road in Spain. This was no ordinary road; it was the famous Camino de Santiago, also known as St. James’ Way, a road of pilgrimage that bears the footprints of millions of faithful. The route originates from many different countries across Europe, merges into four main branches in France, and then crosses the Pyrenees to terminate at Santiago de Compostela in the northwest corner of Spain. The entire pilgrimage typically takes three months to complete.

Unlike an ordinary pilgrim, Tao Jia had a mission: to raise donations for Chinese school children in poverty. To him the road of pilgrimage is also the road of school aid. This trip is his second on Camino de Santiago. The first one took place in August 2016, when he started from Le Puy-en-Valey, a small town in France, with the initial goals of building a healthier body and mind and visiting scenic and historic sites. Five days into the trip, he suddenly realized a higher calling and started thinking about those school kids who had to hike to school. He fully appreciated what he heard from an 80-year-old Frenchman he met on the road: “It’s easier to appreciate what others are suffering from when you go through the pain yourself.”

He caught this flash of thought and started calling on his friends through WeChat to donate: he would hike for the students in poverty and the funds raised would be given to students in mountainous area through a reliable organization. When the words reached me, I invited him to consider partnering with OCEF and he told me immediately that was what he was thinking about too. He had known about OCEF for years as I had been volunteering for the foundation, had engaged in fund-raising, and Tao Jia had been an avid participant. He knew that OCEF consisted mainly of volunteers and its work was very transparent and trustworthy. It was a perfect match.

Every day Tao Jia hiked during the day and wrote great articles about his journey at night on his thoughts and experiences to share with his friends. They answered his call enthusiastically; his journal went viral, many people “friended” him on WeChat, and donations poured in. His first trip took 15 days and span 350 kilometer, during which he published over 20 journal entries and raised over RMB¥80,000 in donations. The funds have since been distributed to 34 students in Guizhou, Gansu, Shanxi, Heilongjiang and Inner Mongolia through OCEF. Four of the kids were orphans, eight came from single-parent family, three were handicapped, and all came from extreme poverty. They had suffered unbearably difficult situation from very young age. OCEF works year after year in hope that the financial aid would bring warmth and strength into their lives.

Last May, Tao Jia renewed his journey of pilgrimage and his fund-raising effort from Cahors, France. On the day he started, he posted an article entitled Remember Where We Came from in his WeChat space, which went viral immediately. He started three WeChat groups that gained more than a thousand followers from around the world. He shared the beautiful sceneries on the road and the stories of other pilgrims he met as he continued his hike. And he kept the followers updated on the status of the fund-raising efforts. He was alone on the road, but he is not lonely on his journey with thousands reading his stories and sending “red-packages.” I guess he was probably the first pilgrim on this historical road with a thousand people cheering him on. They did their best in making financial contributions, making videos and albums, and spreading the words about his journey.

Yuanming from Hong Kong flew to France and hiked with Tao Jia for a week, taking very good care of him. Our mutual friend Weiping was so moved by Tao Jia’s story that he went well beyond monetary contributions: he joined OCEF as a volunteer bookkeeper for donations from overseas sources. Mr. Chen Jiande from New York has made three donation to OCEF since last year; as someone who once lived a in mountainous region in Guizhou for years, he really wants to help the kids there and Tao Jia’s pilgrimage helped him realize his wish. There were many other donors, including fellow pilgrims on the road, while many hotel workers he met also made contributions in different ways. This journey has been a bond of love; not only did it benefit the kids in need in those faraway places, but it also helped many ordinary people find an outlet for their loving heart.

Tao Jia took thousands of pictures during his trip, covering both natural and cultural wonders in France and Spain. Every day he brought a visual feast to us, yet the most touching part to him was not the beautiful sceneries but the people he encountered during this trip and their stories, which were collected in his journals. He said the most memorable part of this journey was the great human nature that he experienced and he would continue to benefit from that for the rest of his life. I would say that all his followers felt the same way. It was a journey of salvation, one that lifted their souls to appreciate the power of kindness and the higher calling. Tao Jia said it well in his own words: “I started with nothing and returned with everything.”

Tao Jia finally reached his destination, Fisterra at the westernmost spot of Spain, on a drizzly day. Four days before that he concluded a successful Camino de Santiago journey in Santiago de Compostela. As his classmate and friend, as an OCEF volunteer, I am full of gratitude. For 15 days last year and 72 days this year, Tao Jia left his family behind and, carrying a 13-kilogram backpack, hiked across mountains and valleys under the scotching sun. It was an extreme challenge, both physically and mentally, and he made it. With cheering from his friends and followers, he finished 700 kilometers in France, climbed over the 1,400-meter Pyrenees, and then finished another 900 kilometers in Spain. He wrote almost 50 journal entries during this trip and raised RMB¥350,000. Combined with the RMB¥80,000 from last year, Tao Jia’s pilgrimage has brought to OCEF’s cause a total contribution of RMB¥430,000. It is an unbelievable achievement of kindness.

Congratulations to Tao Jia for accomplishing great mission, and many thanks to the companionship from all his supporters during the journey!

The journey has reached its end, but the love is endless.

Further reading:

1. Tao Jia’s journal
2. Report on the distribution of funds raised during his first trip in 2016




临行前陶嘉的妻儿为他画在贝壳里的画
Drawing inside a shell done by Tao Jia’s wife and kids before he left

第30期(2017年9月)/No. 30(September 2017)
翻译:何雪炀     编校:汤柏
Translated by He Xueyang      Edited by Tang Bai

海外中国教育基金会/Overseas China Education Foundation

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