Supplement the work Rui Jing’s mother does as she strives to care for her family.
Grateful for Surgery
Rui Jing had a successful heart surgery in March 2013, which was a great encouragement to her whole family. During the checkup, a year after the surgery, Rui Jing’s mother said, “Thanks to Little Red Scarf, Rui Jing has been saved! We could not have afforded to do the surgery.”
This gratitude is certainly understandable because for impoverished rural families, it’s a struggle to live day in and day out. If a family member encounters a serious sickness, it’s like the end of the world for them.
Grandmother Injured in Earthquake
During an earthquake in 2013, Rui Jing’s grandmother fell down the stairs and injured her head. The family couldn’t afford to take her to the hospital to be examined, so the grandmother still suffers from the injuries and poor health. She needs to take medicine every day for her health problems. The family buys her the cheapest kind possible but still spends most of their available money on medicine for her.
Crops Ruined by Hail
According to Rui Jing’s mother, the harvest last year was ruined because of hailstorms. “We didn’t even have any seeds left,” she said. “We had to buy our seeds this year.”
Earthquake Destroyed Home
Because of the earthquake, a lot of the houses in the village were destroyed to the point of becoming unlivable. Rui Jing’s family still owes debt from the reconstruction last year, and their meager harvest is insufficient to sustain the family.
Heavy Burden for Mother
Rui Jing’s mother said she also went to Xinjiang to pick cotton. She earned about $2400 in 5 months with this work, so she sent the money back home to repair the house. This year though she’s staying at home so she can take care of the grandmother, who’s been lying in bed for most of the time because her health continues to worsen. She’s also concerned about Rui Jing and wants to make sure she’s well taken care of.
Rui Jing’s mother hopes this year’s harvest will be better. She also hopes Rui Jing’s father can find some work during the second half of the year so that part of their debt could be paid off.
Let’s support Rui Jing’s family so her mother’s burden can be lightened.
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