Albinism Home is a public service platform designed to help and support albinos and their families living in China. The organization's main goal is to improve living standards and promote equal participation in society for albinos. Abinism Children's Home is in Xi’an, Shanxi province.
Huhu has been volunteering with Albinism Children's home since 2012. She's good with computers and she took on the large task of managing the non-profit's website. It takes up a lot of time, but helping out this Children's home is meaningful for her. She also loves to interact with the kids there. For Huhu, albinism is a very personal issue, for she is albino herself.
Unbeknownst to the public, many people with albinism could not attend public schools, and go to schools for the blind. This puts people with albinism at an inherent disadvantage. In a society where education is a sign of success and skill, students with disabilities find it difficult to compete in separate schools for the disabled. Huhu however, was able to stay in a public school, though due to her poor eyesight, she had to sit in the first row of the classroom and still had trouble seeing. At a young age, she started feeling disconnected from other children and this often led to low-self esteem.
Still, she was able to do well in school and soon became more confident and open about her differences with other people. She would smile and wave whenever people pointed at her. Her optimism and openness made popular around town. In 2005, she was admitted by Xi’an Technology University. She majored international economy and trade and had excellent scores.
After graduation however, she sent a lot of resumes out, but no responses came back. In September of the graduating year, the university gave her an internship opportunity and she was able to earn 600 yuan per month (roughly $100). After a few years of unsuccessful job hunting, she moved to Shanghai and found more stable employment. When she is not volunteering for the children's home, she works for is an international company, answering customer inquires over e-mail. While it has been a long journey, Huhu is staying positive and doing as much as she can to grow and learn from the world around her.
From her own personal experiences, Huhu feels that society is becoming more inclusive for marginalized populations. However it is still difficult to get equal treatment for groups with special needs. That is why she spends her time supporting those like her. While it has and will always be an uphill battle, she won't give up. She is chasing a sunshine that can also belong to her and other "moonlight" children.
Original Article Written by Cuiyan Hu, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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