When I asked you readers what you wanted more if in 2009 a lot of you said: 'photos.' So, I thought I could turn every Saturday into a 'photo special,' where I upload some photos from a special city/place/event that I've been to. How's that? Note: I am not professional photographer what so ever! I just... like to take photos, so don't expect anything fabulous. Just the normal, amateur shots from my years in China.
Today's photos will be of children attending pre-school in the mountain village Daxi, in Yunnan. I visited this place in 2006 to follow the work of a volunteer organization operating in this area, called YID: Yunnan Institute of Development and I couldn't keep myself from going a bit photo-crazy when I saw all the adorable children.
Some additional info about the YID: the YID is based in Yunnan Province's Yuxi Prefecture (although they operate in the poor mountain villages, like Daxi), and is a Sino-Danish non-governmental organization, non-formal adult education institute established in 2001. It aims to promote social development in China, Africa and India. Activities include educating people about health, hygiene and HIV, building schools and helping poor farmers with bio-gas and microfinance.
Teacher with a young pupil
Kids learning Mandarin (the people of Daxi belong to the Shansu minority group and have their own language)
Adorable little girl (and a little boy who also wants to be in the picture behind her)
..and dancing. Always important in China!