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 PC who donated $160 USD to Bao Ping’s family in 2015 and to DC who donated $300 USD in 2016. The money will enable Bao Ping’s mother to take the medicine she needs for the year.
Bao Ping underwent heart surgery in 2011 with support from LRS. A year after the operation, he went to school when he was 16.
In the autumn of 2015, LRS staff visited Bao Ping’s family. The villagers were busy with the harvest. We later learned that the elevation is not good for the crops. The locals can only grow barley and beans. The transportation is not convenient, so the villagers rarely travel to purchase agricultural products.
Since 2011, the local government has launched a project that would move the villagers to a convenient place and solve the problems of healthcare, communication, education, and income generation. In 2012, the villagers began to move away. By 2015, there were more than 10 households still left. Bao Ping’s parents were in bad health and needed to take medicine. Life was still hard for them. We sent 1,000 RMB to help the parents buy medicine.
Toward the end of 2015, Bao Ping’s father called. The family had gotte 50,000 RMB of interest-free loans. They bought new rooms in a new place. Bao Ping’s mother and brother would move to the new place. Bao Ping would work in the city. His father would stay in the old village for a while.
We had thought everything was fine for the family. However, on a night in August, Bao Ping called suddenly and told us that his father committed suicide. I confirmed later from his mother that his father had been upset, but no one had noticed. He left no words and ended his life with pesticide one day.
Bao Ping has poor eye sight, so it was not easy for him to find a job. He has gone back home now. His mother’s health has become even worse. The family has moved to the new village. There are a lot of green houses. Bao Ping and his mother have registered to learn new skills in vegetable growing.
We hope everything will be a new start for them.
Original article written by Ying Guan, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang and Carolyn D.
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