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.
We have been concerned about Ga Lan. On February 25, 4 people from Little Red Scarf took the bus to the village where Ga Lan lives.
The program director of LRS and a volunteer from the USA joined our team. We set out early in the morning. We had to transfer between two buses before we arrived at the town. Ga Lan lives on a mountain top, so we had to walk for about half an hour.
Snow after the Chinese New Year made the road muddy. We had to walk up to the hill with a walking stick. We experienced the hardness of walking along the mountainous path. It was covered with mud and very slippery. We had to walk very carefully. It takes about half an hour to arrive at the top, but we walked for an hour because of the rain.
We finally reached our destination and saw familiar faces. Ga Lan looked much better which pleased us a lot. The whole family was happy to received new clothes for the children- clothes which had been donated by loving people. The goat has become even naughtier and is able to jump higher than ever before. Recently she was not able to produce enough milk for the baby, but the family is hopeful that the goat will give birth to a lamb soon and then the milk will be plentiful.
The baby woke up and we saw that he has grown taller. Looking at her son drinking the goat's milk, she thanked Little Red Scarf for saving the life of her and her son. We hope Ga Lan will go to the hospital soon for a check-up and accept any necessary surgery without delay. She told us she is sad whenever she thinks of her small baby, old parents, and shabby housing. We told her everything will be fine and we hopes she will soon feel better.
We cut her baby's nails and cleaned them out. The baby looks so lovely in his new clothes. We hope he grows up every day and brings happiness to the family. Ga Lan and her husband walked with us to the entrance of the village. We said goodbye and expressed our fervent hopes that she will be well.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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