LRS Care: Returning Visit—Bao Lan
Little Red Scarf is in Lanzhou, Gansu province 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.
Special thanks to Grandma Chu's Love Fund for donating $320 USD to Bao Lan, hoping she would increase her nutrition after the operation.
Bao Lan lives in a family with three members. Her father was born deaf and mentally disabled. Her mother is thin and small with bad health. The family didn't know she had congenital heart disease until she gave birth to Bao Lan in the hospital.
The whole family just has 0.2 acres of fields. They grow fruits and vegetables for their own consumption. Her mother drives a donkey cart at scenic tourist sites to earn some money. Her father rows boats in the Yangzi river during public holidays. The income of the whole year is about 15,000 RMB.
The family receives a minimum living allowance from the government. Bao Lan also receives a government subsidy for her serious disease, but she has no deposit during the beginning stage. So LRS accepted her family into the post-surgery care program for poverty relief.
Bao Lan's Recent Developments
After her surgery, Bao Lan rested for a year before going back to school. She is in grade 5 now. She attends PE and has grown much taller. Her scars have healed well. Her mother said they were not able to tutor her.
The new house has not been decorated, for it will cost a lot of money. The village resort has not been started. They live in 2 of the rooms. Her father is mentally disabled, so the family’s burden falls on her mother alone. All of their income was used to return loans.
Her mother was thankful for loving people’s care. With help, their lives will become better.
Original article written by Li Wang, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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