According to their motto “Love, truth, and service to the community” Henan Volunteers works to enhance people’s sense of social responsibility by providing them various volunteer opportunities. The office is in Xingyang, Henan province.
Even in the heat, Xin and his aunt were waiting outside for us by the side of the road. We brought Xin a school bag, stationery, and a birthday cake. Xin made a wish, and we sang Happy Birthday to him. He gave the first slice of cake to his aunt, who was smiling brightly. They were like mother and son.
I followed his aunt out and asked about Xin's family. His parents died from illness when he was 4 and his brother was 12. Since the two boys became orphans, their aunt has been raising them. For 10 years she has been like a mother to them. Eight years ago, her own husband died from cancer, and she was left to raise 3 children on her own. She had to do a lot of field work, but she has been optimistic and positive. It is normal to see sad faces when visiting many poverty-stricken families, but she kept smiling to face all the difficulties. She set a very good example for the children.
According to the aunt, Xin is a well-behaved child. He helps her do field work and housework. His brother is 21 and opened a car wash shop. He has been doing well and has a girlfriend, which makes the aunt happy.
As we were leaving, we asked Xin if his aunt was good to him. He nodded his head firmly. We asked him to treat his aunt well in the future. He answered, “Sure.” We were touched by his answer. It was the child’s serious commitment, which would be the best return for his aunt’s hard work.
On the way back, my heart could not calm down. When we complain about the unfairness of life, we should think of children and other people who are living in difficulties.
Original article written by Ka Fei , translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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