Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province and provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
When we stepped into Caiyan’s home, we saw 3 children running around and eating apples in the yard. They were a little shy in front of the camera. The child pictured in the middle is Caiyan. She is 7 and the ones beside her are 2 younger sisters.
It was a busy farming season, so Caiyan’s mother went to her hometown to help their grandmother. Caiyan’s father was out for work. Caiyan and her 2 sisters had to stay were staying with her uncle’s family.
Seeing three girls running in the yard, we were so relieved to see Caiyan recover fully. Her auntie told us her wound was healing well and she ate well after the operation. Caiyan and her younger sister are in Grade 1, so they only stayed shortly for lunch before walking back to school with other children in the village.
Caiyan's family has suffered from a number of hardships and struggle to reach financial independence. Her grandmother has lost her sight and is highly dependent on others. Her father injured his thumb doing wood work, and then he had to take an ear operation for severe ear infection. Caiyan’s younger sister recently injured her eye when she was playing. These medical costs have been costly for Caiyan's family, but luckily Caiyan's congenital heart disease is one problem off their plate.
Her aunt was extremely grateful for all of our donors and has become our number one supporter! She has been putting up our pamphlets and posters to help spread our cause. We hope we can reach out to other families like theirs through our Little Red Scarf Project!
Original article written by Aiju Chang, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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