Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu and Yunnan provinces 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.
Raised by a Widowed Father
Jiang Ai, an eight-year-old girl, received financial aid from Little Red Scarf to have heart surgery for Endocardial Cushion Defect (a congenital heart disease) in February 2016. Four years ago, Jiang Ai lost her mother to breast cancer. At the time, Jiang Ai was only four, her younger brother was only one, and her two older sisters were only in elementary school. After their mother passed away, their father was forced to take on the roles of both mom and dad. It was miserable and hard work to raise four children as a single father.
Raising a Pig
When Jiang Ai was hospitalized, because of their family’s situation, they decided to enter into Little Red Scarf’s care plan, which helps post-surgery patients and their families with poverty alleviation. Jiang Ai’s father said, “My life revolves around my children and farming. Thus, I don’t have time to work jobs away from home. Instead, I want to raise a pig. At the end of the year, I’ll give half of it to my children to eat and sell the other half. Then I can use that money to buy Chinese New Year presents for my children.
When Jiang Ai left the hospital after receiving treatment, our team gave her father 2,000 RMB ($300 USD) in hopes that the money could help him achieve his dreams of a happy family. We don’t understand the pain that Jiang Ai’s father went through in raising his kids. But looking at the fact that he was rushing into the hospital, and the things he brought to the hospital for Jiang Ai, we saw that even if he continues to work hard to be a “better” father, there will always be difficulties in terms of time commitment and money as a single father.
Life is full of regrets, but there is always a positive and beautiful part of our regrets. It’s just like how there is always happiness in our moments of pain. We hope and wish that Jiang Ai’s father and his kids will be able to find happiness and love in their mundane day-to-day lives.
Original article written by Yunyun Jie, translated by Michael Chau, and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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