Longwan Caring Home is located in Dahua County, which was listed as one of the poorest counties in Guangxi Province. Longwan Caring Home is a big family consisting of orphans, single parents, and abandoned children. The normal expense of the Home is sustained by plantation, breeding, and small business.
On a February afternoon, two students told me that a beggar was sleeping in the old school. The school had been abandoned for some time, and the villagers used it to keep their horses. The beggar became the topic of every talk. These talks were filled with compassion.
The following afternoon, the children said that the beggar was passed out on the road, and they wanted to give him food. We went to the cross road and saw the beggar lying on the ground, covered only by a worn-out red quilt. His hair was dirty, and his face was buried in the quilt. He was about 40 or 50 years old, and the dark skin in his forehead seemed striking. He seemed in obnubilation. The children called him grandpa. There were children around him talking. The villagers did not allow him to stay in the old school, and he was driven outside. The children sent him food, clothes, a scarf, and a quilt. He slept under an electric pole once he was driven out, forced to face the cold.
Seeing him eat fully and sleep, the children returned to the Home. I contacted the policemen and civil affair office, but nobody could help. The children said they would send him food every day. Later, Teacher Zhen and the children built a simple shed with waterproof cloth for him. It could keep out wind and rain and provide some warmth. Since then, the children sent him food every day and brought back good news as he could speak or walk.
Once, I passed by his small “home”. He poked his head and spoke to me. I asked him if he was hungry and he answered yes. I asked if he was cold, and he also said yes, but he said nothing when I asked where he came from. He seemed recovered and could walk around for food after a few days.
Original article written by Aihua Ban, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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