Light of Love is a student initiative that strives to improve the quality of life in rural China. More specifically, their project Loving Lunch puts their mission into practice by traveling to rural schools and providing underprivileged children with food. The article below describes a day of service at a particular rural school. For more information about Light of Love, please click here.
At 11:00 noon time, Lu Tang Primary school’s bell triggered the students’ appetite. The ravenous children rushed to eat lunch. When the volunteers walk into each classroom, they saw braised potatoes, mushroom and pork stir-fry, and seaweed egg soup. Everything smelled amazing! Eating the delicious food, the students’ faces exuded with happiness. When asked about how they feel about lunch, they all said: Delicious!
In this 4th grade class, Cheng Shaomin seemed especially happy. A petite girl, who was adopted by her grandmother ten years ago, she never really felt loved by her parents. ever since she entered school, she has been very different from the other students. Every morning, she gets up at around 6:30, eating a very light breakfast or nothing at all. Then she heads for school. At noon, she watched her classmates consume their packed lunches from home with jealousy, though most of her classmates only had cold and poorly prepared items to quell their own hunger. As a result, she continued to get thinner. At the same time, She became cold, depressed, and alienated. Because of the work of Light of Love, Chang Shaomin and other 54 students can all enjoy a healthy and loving lunch. Her grades also improved overtime.
Loving lunch not only helps Chang Shaomin, but also made other students feel the “Light of Love” shining.
Original article written by Dai XianWei, translated by ShiShi Ma, and edited by US intern Sarah Chang.
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