On November 7, we called Maimai’s mother and asked about their recent situation. Maimai’s mother said 2 children went to school in the county. They rented a small room with 1400RMB a year. The children were nervous about their school life before the school started. 2 children had learned little in the village school. Maimai did not know how to calculate 2 plus 3. Their parents has not been educated and they could not tuition their children. Maimai’s mother told the children to study hard and learn as much as possible.
Maimai is in grade 2 and her sister is in grade 3. They would cry when they could not finish their homework after school. Her mother was helpless, so she took them to ask other children’s parents. The children were reluctant to go at first. After a few time, they were not afraid.
Maimai’s mother also said she kept taking the medicines they had brought from Lanzhou in August. Her mother got cold a few days ago. She did injection in hospital. She breathed oxygen at home when she was not feeling well. She was getting better. She said they had to spend about 100RMB a day, the money was almost used up. She called Maimai’s father for some more money, but he had barely spare money for them. Her father works in a construction site in Xi’an, which would last for 2 months. Her mother said though they spent more money in the city, 2 children made progress recently.
It seemed her mother’s choice is right—try her best to let the children have better education.Thank everyone for your care for Maimai’s family.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated and edited by Maggie Li
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