Lepers are sent to isolated places without families or friends to support them emotionally of physically. They are abandoned and forgotten by society. The Shalom Leprosy Compassion Ministry has a heart for these people and organizes groups of volunteers to fundraise and travel to them and provide them with medical, living, and psychological assistance. To learn more, click here.
It is so exciting that Shalom Love Leprosy Service has been promoted as a Strategic Partner. It is not only a glory but a responsibility for the Shalom team. Our goals include how to better portray our image in the process of serving leprosy patients, how to offer effective help, and how to be open, transparent, normative, and efficient during the work of Shalom Love Leprosy Service. I hope the work of the Shalom team can get the positive affirmation of Transparent Fish Fund and more friends. We are thankful for Transparent Fish Fund’s trust and help.
The Good News of the Recovered Patients Appreciation
On April 15, Ping Liang and volunteers changed a medical prescription of the US- Medihoney for five patients who had serious ulcers in Zhushan and Yangjuangou of Yiliang. On April 23, Liang Ping and volunteers returned the five patients to their village. They offered drinking water to the patients, and meanwhile they focused on examining the condition of the patients.
The results excited everyone. The five anabrosis patients were smelly and sore, and sometimes they had fever before using the U.S. medicine. But now the feeling of severe pain was relieved. The pain disappeared by the fifth day and they never had fever. The ulcer area had shrunk and some wounds had grown new granulation tissue. The recovered patients who took the medicine were positive of the effect of the medicine and hoped we could continue to offer help until their ulcer was completely cured.
Due to the restriction of drug sources, we can only help those patients in Zhushan, Yangjuangou, and Aziying in Kunming. We are going to offer help in hope that their wounds can be completely cured.
Written by: Ping Liang
Translated by: Shishi Ma
Edited by Intern Emily Cheng
From April 20 to 22 in 2012 in Wuxi of Jiangsu Province, the Chun Hui Youth Public Welfare Development Center held the Fourth Chun Hui Youth Public Welfare Forum, sponsored by Lingshan Charities Aid Foundation. Nearly 200 public welfare foundations throughout China took part in the forum. The theme of the forum was “To Be a Thinking Actor”. The forum’s purpose is to rally around some of the most valuable voices for the youth growth and the development of public service.
Little Red Scarf: Our Hope
Little Red Scarf Care serves to provide financial means and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. The following shares articulates a story about A ying and her transformation from a reserved child to a bubbly, joyful girl post-operation. Read the original article here.
Each child has something he or she likes, but what each likes is different. So are their natures, which are different from the day they were born. Today I want to introduce a little girl to all of you. Her name is A ying. She is 3 and very shy. Every time we see her in hospital, she is shy. Before the operation, her parents asked whether or not she was scared. She thought for a while and shook her head. She was too young to know what fear was.
A ying stayed in the ICU for 7 days after the operation, which made the introverted girl even more reticent. Although she accepted psychological counseling before the operation, A ying’s parents still felt worried about her. They told stories and encouraged her every day, but she was still gloomy. She seemed so scared, especially when she saw doctors and nurses. All of us worried about her.
Our volunteers took food to her and were stationed to see her. We caused her curiosity and praised her. Then A ying’s attention began to shift. Her big eyes stared at the schoolbag we brought to her. To our surprise, she chuckled when she held the bag. We all relaxed and felt hopeful about A ying’s psychological recovery. Her mother told us she was not happy for a long time. The day after her operation was her happiest day. A ying danced, filling us with pleasure at the lovely sight.
Her parents were so pleased and thanked us ceaselessly. We were happier than her parents. Love Program helps children overcome mental block and come out of dread from operations. We are so glad to share our story with you!
Original article by Wang Li, translated by Shishi Ma, and edited by US intern Ally Nguyen.
Little Red Scarf: So Lovely You Are
Little Red Scarf Care serves to provide financial means and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. In this story, we are introduced to a unique child, Xiao wen, and hear how she overcame her operation and smiled at the end. Read the original article here.
We would always see many children in the hospital. Each of them was so lovely and unique.
Xiao wen was my little heroine. She was the one of those special children. Although she was only five, she touched each of us through her own special way. Even in her unfortunate predicament, her smiles and actions showed us she was so happy and lovely. Just a hug, a smile, a naughty tap on her forehead or a “V” gesture could make her happy.
Her grandmother took Xiao wen to see doctor in the provincial capital, Lanzhou, nearly 600 miles away from her hometown. Moreover, her old grandmother was illiterate, making this an even tougher trip. Though there were lots of difficulties, her grandmother never gave up the hope to cure her granddaughter. Xiao wen’s father had severe depression. Her mother grew confused and scared by her father’s self-abuse. Xiao wen’s grandfather was 60 and had grey hair. In order to make money to pay for Xiao wen’s treatment, he would like do any job he could to support his granddaughter, even if it offered just a miniscule amount of money. Xiao wen’s grandfather was disabled and his lumbar was seriously deformed. Heavy physical work could worsen, even palsy, his injury.
Xiao wen’s operation went well, but she had been in danger. When we saw Xiao wen in the ICU, she took my hand and asked me to stay. At that moment tears dropped from her eyes, and I knew she needed someone’s support. Xiao wen was removed to the common ward six days after the operation. It never occurred to us that Xiao wen made ”V” gestures to us and smiled while recovering. It was so amazing that Xiao wen was still herself. I couldn’t help kissing and hugging her for her happiness.
Xiao wen, so excellent you are! What a lovely and unique girl you are.
Original article by Yun Jie, translated by Shishi Ma, edited by US intern Ally Nguyen.
Little Red Scarf: Hu Feiye's CHD Journey
Hu Feiye, a strong girl, adopted by loving parents, suffers from a disease that brings hardship to her family. Little Red Scarf comes to the rescue to help the family and child, hoping to restore her back to a normal life.
Hu Feiye is a girl of the Hui nationality. Her family had consisted of five people, many of whom were stricken by deadly disease. When her aunt was in grade five, Feiye's grandfather had just passed away from cerebral hemorrhage in January this year. Fei's grandmother had also been suffering from chronic gastritis for years. Fei's father said it was a pity in his life that he couldn't see his father one last time.
Hu Feiye's parents first met through a matchmaker and were married. The couple loved each other, and have been married for eight years. However, they were disappointed that they were not able to conceive a child. This became a very heavy subject in the family household. However, one year ago, hope began to shine through.The Hu family were told by a relative that a child was to be abandoned, and asked the couple whether they would like to adopt the child. The decision was discussed amongst the family and they made the choice to adopt the child.
While waiting for the child to be born, her parents found work in Tibet. When Hu Feiye was finally born, they took her home. After five months, Hu Feiye started to become ill with a cold. Her parents had also taken notice that she was developing more slowly than her peers, and attributed the problem to plateau hypoxia. However, their assumptions were quickly dismissed by another cold, showing signs of Congenital Heart Disease.
The disease brought much agony to the family. They began to question why it happened, and hope that the disease could be a joke. However, they received an accurate report from the hospital of their hometown in Gansu Province, proving that the disease was true. Hu Feiye's father borrowed money from their relatives and friends in the village in order to bring his daughter to the doctor. They also inquired about multiple charity organizations, and with the help of their relatives, they met a family that had once been helped by Little Red Scarf. In the Lanzhou First Hospital, Feiye's parents were able to find hope in The Little Red Scarf Union, the organization that would bring then hope so that one day their child could live as a normal person.
Original article: http://www.toumingyu.org/wangli0067/story/9103/ written by Lee Wang Wang, translated by Ma ShiShi, edited by intern Sophia Huang
Ms. Zhou: The 65 Year Old Visitor
Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for woman in rural areas. In this article, we read about her experience and counseling appointment with one of her patients who thought he needed help.
An old couple was led by their daughter in-law to come to the Counseling Room. The old man wore an outdated suit and a grey-blue hat. His wife was in a plaid jacket, newly brought by her daughter in-law, and came in with a big smile. The obedient daughter in-law supported her father in-law with her hands. It seemed that they had a very harmonious relationship. The old man couldn’t wait to talk with me. ”Mrs Zhou, I believe that you can cure me. I have seen several doctors in several hospitals and spent a large sum of money, but none of them have been able to cure me. Even one of doctors said I was not sick. If I am not ill, why do I feel so uncomfortable?” His daughter in-law told me that his father in-law cared about his health way too much. Recently, the old man had been worried and sleepless for more than a month. His children took him to see doctor, but the doctors have all said that there was nothing wrong with him except a mild Vegetative nerve functional disturbance. I asked the old man when he usually goes to to bed in the evening and gets up in the morning, and what he thought about before sleep every day. He told me that he went to bed before 8 PM and would get up at 4 AM. Before sleeping, he would mostly think about who managed the farmland and who took care of his wife. He always dreams of his parents who died a couple of years ago.
Little Red Scarf: Beside Me
Little Red Scarf Care serves to provide financial means and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. The following article is a story about a family that receives aid from LRS.
We first met Star in March. He was 14, and was outstanding with other younger brothers and sisters of The Little Red Scarf.
Star was seriously ill. Their parents did not know the truth that Star had complicated congenital heart disease until May last year. They thought Star had a long-term cold due to malnutrition and weak constitution. They might have never found out that star had a serious illness, but Star couldn’t go to school because of the severe illness. But at that time, they only had 3000 RMB, which was too small a sum for the expensive expense of an operation.
It was a tough time for Star’s parents when he had an operation and was in the ICU. Star was the only child in his family. Every time his parents saw him suffering in the ICU, his father would cry and his mother fainted several times. Star’s father always mentioned The Little Red Scarf when talking with wardmates. Since the first day in hospital, staff from The Little Red Scarf often came to see them and made them feel warm in the strange city. He knew that they were not lonely in the strange city because The Little Red Scarf was always with them.
The staff of The Little Red Scarf sent all the details and guidance by text to Star’s parents so that they could take better care of him. They could check the information at any time. The Little Red Scarf’s staff was so considerate. The most considerate gifts were stationary and nutrition after operations. They needed lots of nutrition after operations. It was never occurred to you that all the children loved those love heart school bags. Even those children before kindergarten wanted them. Star got his love heart school bag for he was strong and sensible after the operation. Star’s father often said, ”Thank you to The Little Red Scarf for the support , I really appreciate what you did for us, thank you for standing by us.”
Because of the special care in hospitals our staff had the same nickname: “Aunt Xiao Hong Jin”. Though I was not as old as they called me, I accepted the glorious address with pleasure.
Original article: http://www.toumingyu.org/vivian/story/9078/ written by Jie Yun Yun Yu Jie, translated by Ma ShiShi, edited by intern Isabel Auyeung
Little Red Scarf: Updates
Little Red Scarf Care serves to provide financial means and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide the family with post-operative care and help their child sustain a healthy lifestyle. The following articles are updates on some of these children.
LY-10 Qi Ming
03/14/2011 entered hospital, 03/22 accepted the operation, 03/29 left hospital, 06/20 reviewed
A year after the operation Qing Ming grew taller and healthier. We watched as he and his father ate together: Qi Ming polished off one big bowl of noodles by himelf. His dad said that it had never occurred to him that they could see us today in town since he just contacted us by phone half a month ago. His dad really appreciated that Little Red Scarf still remembered them a year after the operation and brought money to pay for Qing Ming’s life and study. Ming’s dad, an honest country man, expressed his appreciation with a simple “Thanks.” Qi Ming, now a student in 5th grade, said he would study hard to not disappoint Little Red Scarf.
LY-10 Zhong She
06/28/2011 entered hospital，07/05 accepted the operation，07/11 left hospital，10/18 reviewed
When we saw Zhong She again, he had grown into a young man. Nine months after the operation, we saw Zhong She in Luomen Town, Wu Shan Country on April 18, 2012. Zhong She had grown taller and healthier. Zhong She was very mature; he was in grade 9 and received fifth place in the full year. His family did not worry about him because he was a good student. While his parents worked in Xinjiang Province, he was left alone at home for his study, although his cousin did take care of him. We gave him the first grant-in-aid and contacted his parents in Xinjiang Province. Zhong She ensured that he would spend all the money in regards to his studies out of respect for The Little Red Scarf.
Little Red Scarf: Visiting
The following details visits to two poor, rural primary schools. Read the original article here.
My colleagues and I visited 3 primary schools in Guojia Town, Qin’an Country in April 16, 2012. Let’s discuss the first school we arrived in:
At 8:40 in the morning we arrived at the first destination—Zhuwan Primary School. It was established on the same basis as a private school’s old style in Qing Dynasty. The family name of the people in the village and the villages around is Li. Therefore, Zhuwan Primary School was also known as Li’s Hall in the villages. So far, they have incomplete ancestral halls and walls in the school. The overall shape of the school is more like a quadrangle courtyard.
Light of Love: 4th Training Session
Light of Love is a student organization dedicated to improving health and education for underprivileged populations in China. For more information about them, please visit here.
In April, 26 new members joined Light of Love, which brought new blood to us. The team became larger and larger, including the 9 principal members that joined the team last year. In order to help members know each other well and enhance the cohesion of our team, we held a training themed “ice-breaking trip”. The training began with interactive games.
Before the activity, everyone needed to sign up and write his or her name on a sticker. Then they put the sticker on their left arms so others could see.
The first game was called “Name Relay.” The member needed to repeat other members’ names before him or her. The purpose of the game was to help members remember each others names and be familiar with each other. Finally with the help of each other, no one was punished. When the last member spoke out all the names of members before her, we all applauded for her excellent memory.
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