Our staff is committed to staying in touch with LRS beneficiaries and their families, even years after the heart surgeries.
In July 2012 Little Red Scarf funded 10 children with congenital heart disease. After 4 years, we have been able to stay in touch with 8 of those families. (Two families have changed their phone numbers and can't be reached—Xue Juan's and Yong Run's.) One family in particular has a father who has been seriously ill for 2 years, resulting in significant poverty.
1) Jia Wang
2) Xin Qi
Xin Qi's father used to work as a gas tank deliverer; now he is a taxi driver. The family has mortgaged a house that has a property of less than 40 square meters. His father said some time ago they came across some papers from Little Red Scarf when they were moving, and he started talking with his wife and child about Little Red Scarf. It was just a coincidence that he received our phone call. Xin Qi's father said we are very welcome to visit their new house.
3) Xiao Jia
4) Xiao Xing
5) Yu Jiao
6) Za Xiu
The family rents a place in town so Za Xiu can attend kindergarten. She is looked after by her grandparents. There are three children in the family; Za Xiu has 2 younger sisters. The youngest sister is less than 2 years old. Both parents do odd jobs near their old home. We suggested it is better to let the children stay at the original home. Although the quality of education is better in town, it is not suitable for children like Za Xiu. It would be more beneficial if Za Xiu's parents could spend more time with her and offer more help.
7) Xiao Dong
8) Xiao Lin
His younger son is 6 years old but did not attend kindergarten because of the lack of money. The father is hoping to borrow some money and go to Lanzhou for further examination. Because he is not well educated, he does not know where to go for a medical examination. He said it would be great if we could help him find out where to go, and if possible to also help him with translation so the doctor could understand him. We learned more about his symptoms. He also took down our phone number. We told him to contact us when he arrived in Lanzhou and we would be glad to help him.
Original article written by Guan Ying, translated by Cindy and Shawn Chung, edited by Carolyn D.
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