Ark Welfare is a non-profit established in Hechi City, Guangxi, that encourages people to get involved in public service and respond to the needs of their communities.
On July 13, 2013, setting out from Dahua County, volunteers arrived at the Youqi Center Primary School after a 2 hour ride.
When we came to You Meirong’s house, she was not at home. All the villagers here are hard-working, even the older villagers. They leave home early and come back quite late. Her neighbors told us she works somewhere in the mountain. We waited for her at the door of her house. When she came back, she looked healthy and was happy to see us. She told us that she sold her blender in order to pay for electricity in her house. She also lacks clothes and shoes. We asked the local volunteer teachers to bring these articles to her later.
There is an old woman in the village who is paralyzed from the waist down. She can only walk by swinging her hips. Though her life has many limitations, she is still optimistic and faces life with smile. She infected all of us with her positive energy.
For these elderly people that live alone, we are their children. We hope to visit them often and bring them warmth and love.
Original article written by Chan Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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