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 April 13, 9 volunteers started for Gongchuan at 8:30. The rain stopped and it was fine, which helped for our journey. We arrived at Gongchuan village at 9. Under the guidance of the village leaders, we visited Wei Zhenzhong， a lonely old man. He is a hunchback and inconvenient to walk. He lives in a small hut behind her brother’s house. There are just a few pieces of furniture in the room. We learned he lives alone and no one takes care of him. Sometimes he receives relieves from his relatives, but he also hopes being cared.
Then we were divided into 3 groups and we had a volunteer speaking Zhuang language in each team for better communication. Each group did their job seriously as on-the-spot interviews and gifts distribution. The gift was one kilo pork and 3 kilos noodle. The elder people were very grateful for our action, which let them feel the care from the other people.
Labor division for 3 was rational. One was in charge of taking pictures, one for recording and the other one for interviewing and translating. We asked them about income, expense, and needs. We released their information online after being approved by them. After interviews, we got to know the government also appropriated subsidies for the lonely elder people. They do not have children and have no one to take care of them, but they need care. If people can visit them regularly, they will be much happier.
For the whole day, we visited 13 lonely old people. Our original plan was 15, but 2 of them moved to their relatives’ homes and we could not access to their places. After the action, the students realized the society should know more about the old people and they should not be ignored by the society.
Original article written by Xiaogang Fang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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