Bo'Ai Humanitarian Team was initiated by university students with social participant in Gansu province. The team aims to serve poverty-stricken areas and establish a good social mode.
In January, the days before the Chinese New Year, my colleagues and I started our Journey to the village for the “family photo” activity.
People do not have the habit to take family photos in the villages, or they do not have conditions to take pictures even if they have any, so we initiated taking “family photo” activity. A family photo conveys warm, love and happiness, so our activity means more than a family photo.
January 26th is the first day of the activity. We visited 800 families in 7 days. We had hardship, joys and cooperation along the way. 16 of us including the volunteers complemented the activity. We walked 10 hours a day, tramping over hills and dales. Despite of various hardships, we finally completed the tasks. Our joys and tears were left on the loess plateau.
There were some problems as team organization, volunteer management and advance publicity, which caused some contradictions and awkward.
Our original intention is to take a family picture for each family and freeze a happy moment. Family pictures are witnesses of family reunion. They are also windows that we see the society and think about the society. The Chinese New Year is the reunion time for each Chinese family, but many young people leave villages and work in the cities. They do not always go back home during the holidays, so there are pities in the most of family pictures. Nevertheless, every picture still records the sincere smiles of the villagers and the eagerness for the family reunion among children and the elderly.
Original article written by Qian Ma, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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