According to their motto - “Love, truth, and service to community” - Xingyang Volunteer Federation works to enhance people’s sense of social responsibility through providing them various volunteer opportunities. The office is in Xingyang, Henan province.
Wang Zhengling lives in a rural village. He is disabled and his wife passed away. He has a daughter. Difficulties made him become stubborn and lonely. He had bad relationship with his neighbors. Xingyang knew about his situation. We helped to build temp house for him in June of 2012. The whole village had running water, but he had to collect rain water for use and drinking. He hoped to have running water, too.
We decided to help him and his daughter with clean water. After site survey and plan, we began to prepare materials for running water.
The next day, we went to the village with all materials. Everything was organized well and we could start work immediately. Some persons were responsible for arrange wires, pipes, connections. Some were digging the channels. Zu Ge took photos while digging channels. At lunch time, a volunteer prepared noodles for us. The villagers invited us to have lunch with them. We thanked them and began to eat our own simple lunch. We also planned our work in the afternoon.
Technology seemed important. Within 20 minutes, a channel of 80 meters was done. We began to arrange pipes. We went to the township for purchasing more pipes and repaired pipes for other villagers. The water did not run out for the first time, so we had to do a check and found disconnected place. Some neighbors came for help. After everything was done, we tried again. A clean water ran out from the tap. We were excited and tried to meet the water with mouths, leaving water to splash on the face. We swallowed some and it tasted good.
Dream came true and Wang Zhengling smiled. He was too happy to say anything and kept rubbing his hands and making bows to us. He said many thanks and her neighbors forgot the unhappy time with him. The friendship was filled the village. The red sunset lights fell on smiling faces.
Original article written by Chunli Liu, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
TFISH FUND BLOG
We update news and reports directly from the field written by our NGO partners daily.
PHOTOS & VIDEOS
IN THE NEWS