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3. I am a foreigner, but not an outsider.

 

“Hello, do you have a pass”, “Hello, let me take your temperature”, “36.2℃, it’s normal”…….These familiar conversations are constantly appeared at the Yongkang Hutong volunteer post in Wudaoying neighborhood, Andingmen Street. Without looking up, it will be difficult for residents to find the person who speak fluent Chinese comes from the Czech Republic, a foreign friend with blond hair and blue eyes, his name is David , for Chinese Dawei.  

from the Reporter  Li Ying 

Be grateful for community care and take the initiative as a volunteer. 

Shortly before 8 o’clock in the morning on April 4, David appeared in front of the volunteer post in Xikou Community of Yongkang Hutong with a mask and red armband. He spoke Chinese fluently. It was his first day on duty, and he arrived early to get familiar with the process. 

On the desk of the volunteer post was a code scan sign written by David. According to reports, many foreign friends live in Wudaoying community, and more than 100 people are registered in the community. Although they know simple Chinese, they still have some difficulties in understanding all kinds of policies and information. For example, some do not know how to go through formalities, and some need to buy goods on their behalf but cannot find the right way. 

How to do a good job in epidemic prevention & control? How to ensure smooth and correct contact? The Wudaoying community was facing a “unique” challenge, which means contact should not only be timely and comprehensively, but also be very accurate to avoid unnecessary misunderstandings caused by inaccurate words. There is no doubt that David’s “participation” was considered as “timely rain” to the community.  

David, 41, staying in China for eight years, is working in food research and development, and has been living in Wudaoying community for the last three years. After returning to the community in March, David survived the 14-day isolation period under good care of a social worker Li Zongyue. He was very grateful for the community. After learning the news of recruitment of volunteers in the community, he signed up and became a member of epidemic prevention team of the community. 

Serving enthusiastically, rewarding customized present   

Ji Huijie, commissioner of Wudaoying community said that due to large number of foreign friends, the community has distributed bilingual or multilingual leaflets, marking in English at hutong passes and some prominent locations, but the problem of contact failed to be solved completely. Now we have foreign friend as a volunteer,  contact with them could be better and smooth. 

Check passes, take temperature, talk with residents and foreign friends...... David  enjoyed himself very much. Once facing praises by the residents did he show his shyness as a “novice”. A resident thumbed up and praised him “you are great”, David smiled sheepishly and said, “I still have a lot to learn”. 

On April 4, worried about the “foreign volunteer” who took on the job for the first time, Ji Huijie went to see David at the entrance of hutong, sent him a present prepared by the community-- a Chinese fan with the words “community with a shared future for mankind” on it which was written by Ji Huijie. 

David was surprised and happy to receive this special gift. After understanding the meaning of the words, David praised again and again: “Yes, we are a family. The anti-epidemic measures taken by Chinese government are very effective. Our country is learning from your experience, carrying out closed management, encouraging residents to go out less and wear masks. The epidemics have no national boundaries. We are a family and have to help each other.” 

When David’s story was told, many residents thumbed up. David said, “this is my second hometown, I am willing to contribute for it. When I heard the news from the community, I signed up immediately. As long as I have time, I will participate positively”.