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.
Going into June, the South is already getting very hot. In June, the South also happens to have lots of rain and floods. Dahua County experienced the worst rainstorm in a hundred years while the Longwan Loving Home was hit by disease. Both children and adults could not resist the germs that took over their bodies. Even though we encountered unforeseeable difficulties, our hearts are still together, and Home still received support and help.
In June, we attended the parent meetings for Home’s first to sixth graders enrolled in Longma Elementary School. These are the Home’s sixth graders. On July 2nd, they will be taking the Sixth Grade Exit Exam. We hope they will do well!
The 2015 (fourth annual) “Outdoor Cleaning Day” is a large-scale outdoor nonprofit environmental protection event that will start simultaneously in forty-six prefectures located in sixteen provinces, cities, and territories. Our Longwan Loving Home has participated in “Outdoor Cleaning Day” for three years in a row. From cleaning our small home, we then swept every little road in our village. During each year’s event, the children were always excited and worked hard with their cleaning tools.
The goal of the Outdoor Cleaning Day is to call every to pick up their “lost civilization” and remind people about having a green, environmentally friendly mindset and a healthy lifestyle through having volunteers clean the public spaces, a simple, easy to complete environmental protection activity. Through the event, more citizens will understand and care about the environment and protect it together with the ultimate goal of reaching a state of harmonious coexistence between man and nature.
In 2014, we luckily got the information that Luoyang Philanthropic Career Technical School will be accepting some minority students in the spring for free from all over the country to complete studies in the college. Some examples of the majors include childhood education, tourist hotel management, and electronic commerce management. We brought this new back to the Dayao Mountains, found children who wanted to learn, and recommended fourteen children from the Yao minority group to Luoyang Philanthropic Career Technical School. Principle Jia and Director Jia visited Home to tell us that the fourteen Yao students have become accustomed to studying and living in a strange place and are performing well.
On June 13th, 2015, Guanxi Danpin Culture Investment Corporation held a Visiting Longwan Loving Home Philanthropic Event. As part of the event, Danpin Company donated ten thousand yuan to Home for renovating the storehouse. Employees of Danpin Culture prepared well for this event. They brought food, and some of them went to the kitchen to prepare delicious western food for the children. Another group taught the children to make fruit and vegetable salads. A different group taught the children to dance on the field. The entire event maintained a lively atmosphere. The final act was our delicious western meal. For many of our children, it was their first time trying western food!
On June 13th, 2015, friends from Guihai Company toured Longwan Loving Home and participated in development activities with the teachers and students, donating some commodities as well. The activities were mostly outdoor games. We split the students according to gender and had competition games. In the end, the kids played a game of basketball with the adults.
On the weekend, Mr. Qiu, Ms. Jiang, and Ms. Wen and her son came from Nanning to visit the children at Home despite the pouring rain. They brought some school supplies, sport supplies, and a box of eggs. In the student dormitories, many kids were sick and feverish. After hearing that Home did not have a special medical fund, they decided to leave some money for the children. When they returned, they solicited enough donations from their friends to use as the children’s medical fund.
On June 20th, the day of the Dragon Boat Festival, the Home prepared steamed rice dumplings, food traditionally eaten during the festival, for the children. Xu Zhiwei and his colleagues from the Guangxi Women Education Foundation visited the Home. We communicated about the difficulties girls from impoverished families face when it comes to getting an education.
Friends from Du’an Huaen Children’s Village came to Longwan Loving Home to initiate the Loving Getting Together Activity. They also brought carefully prepared gifts for our children. Everyone played and sang together.
Another semester is about to end, and the summer about to begin. We hope that our lives will continue smoothly. We are grateful for everyday in our lives and remember that after the rain comes the rainbow.
Original article written by Aihua Ban, translated and edited by Allison Zhang
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