With support from TFish, this project aims to support poverty-stricken villagers living in Huining county, Gansu province. The project provides microloans to promote income and provide development opportunities for the villagers.
Since 2013, we have been involved with community development work in Lucha village. Although we achieved satisfactory results, there were a few families who improved slowly because of many factors. We have to give more attention to these families. The following is an interview we did with Uncle Huang’s family a few days ago while working at the village.
Soon after we arrived, Uncle Huang’s son came home from school at noon. The father and son sat in the middle of the yard and basked in the sun while talking about the son's education. (Uncle Huang’s son was one of the poor students that was funded by the Western Sunshine Foundation).
Uncle Huang said that there was little water left at home, so he needed to carry the water back from a fountain in the ravine under the cliff. The fountain was used by the previous generations. The water was a little salty (brackish water), but still drinkable. Uncle Huang said he bought two buckets for eight dollars each, back when he was in his twenties. They were in good quality and he used them a lot, but now they leak a little bit.
When Uncle Huang was carrying the water back, his son, who is a third grader suffering from a mild case of cerebral palsy, saw his father fetching water, so he helped open the lid of the water tank. The tank was nearly full, after the two buckets of water were poured in.
When Uncle Huang was not at home, the child’s mother had to fetch the water. It was tough and became worse when it was snowing. He plans to dig a well and install a tube to pump in water into the house when he has enough money.
Uncle Huang’s wife was busy cooking for the family. When the sesame oil and vegetables were added to the pot, we heard a crackling sound and detected an aroma from the kitchen. Whether in the cities with high-rise buildings or the countryside with ravines, we sincerely wish every family member can live healthily.
(Uncle Huang has two sons, both suffering from cerebral palsy. Their life is very tough. The published pictures and the article were approved by Uncle Huang.)
Original article written by Cunjun Ma, translated by Jimmy Shong, and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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