Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu, and Yunnan provinces. We provide financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, we provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle.
Ruijing’s family has six people in it. Her grandmother suffers from multiple health issues, including gallstones, kidney inflammation, hepatitis, mild Alzheimer's, and edema. She spends every day in bed, and the family spends nearly a few hundred dollars every month on medicine for her. Ruijing's grandfather has poor eyesight; anything within 3 meters is blurry. Her mother has always had a weak stomach, and her dad has a herniated lumbar disc and cannot do heavy physical activity. Her father did not go out to work this year. The family planted some oats and beans. However, for some reason all the bean seedlings died (nearly half of the villages experienced this as well) so there is no income at home this year.
In August 2015, a Little Red Scarf staff visited Ruijing’s home to give her family 1,000 RMB. Because Ruijing’s grandmother is chronically sick, Ruijing and sister need someone to take care of them. As a result, her mother is unable to go out and work. We will donate 1,000 RMB to help them buy three Juemu pigs and to help with usual living expenses. Juema pigs are local commodities and yield good profit. In 2016, Little Red Scarf will be donating the remaining 1,000 RMB to Ruijing's family in hopes that it can help with some of their expenses.
Ruijing is in first grade and is doing decently well in class. When she does not understand how to do a homework assignment, she will usually ask her sister. Since the operation, she has been recovering well. This year, she has been having frequent nose bleeds; her father plans to take her for another comprehensive operation as soon as the year ends.
The mother used the 2,000 RMB she received to buy four piglets. One of the pigs died of illness, and another pig was sold for 1,800 RMB. For the remaining two pigs, her mother would like to wait for New Years, to leave one pig and sell the other so that money will not be tight around that time.
We wish the children the best in their future, with a good education and healthy body. That way all the sacrifices now would be worth it.
Special thanks to WH for the donation of $320 (equivalent to 2,000 RMB)
Original article written by Wang Li, translated by Nina Chen, edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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