Compassion Nayong Public Welfare is based on Nayong, a poverty-stricken area in Guizhou Province. Taking the network as the platform, it carries out various public welfare activities to aid education.
13 years ago, Zhen Zhen’s mother married Zhen Zhen’s father with a boy. In this recombined family, Zhen Zhen’s mother gave birth to 3 girls. Zhen Zhen is 14, Mei Mei is 12 and the youngest, Hui Hui, is 10, but cannot walk normally. She has not attended school.
Happy life did not last long. The family found Hui Hui could not walk as her contemporaries. She suffered from serious back ache. The family was covered with sadness.
Misfortunes never came singly. 4 years ago, Zhen Zhen’s father was diagnosed terminal stage of cancer. He died 6 months later, leaving his wife and 4 children with heavy medical debts (over 10,000RMB).
The world fell down for the family. Her mother felt helpless and loss. She got serious stomach problem, but she has 4 children to take care of and debts to be paid. Difficult days have been spent day by day.
She took 4 children and lived with her brother-in-law in a shabby wood house. She planted the fields that her brother was reluctant to plant. She worked so hard in the fields every day that to earn about 250RMB each month for her son’s education in secondary school. She also hoped to save money for her daughter’s illness so that she could walk and go to school as normal children.
Zhen Zhen and Mei Mei are helpful. They help to feed pigs, do cleaning and other housework every day after school. When the social workers first visited her family in March. It was chilly spring. Zhen Zhen was wearing pants with holes. Mei Mei was wearing clothes that was too small for her and slippers. The younger sister was wearing a pair of adult’s slippers. With the volunteers’ explanation, they were facing the camera shyly. Their lunch that day was a bowl of beans without oil. Zhen Zhen’s mother told us she would buy Doufu for the girls to improve their nutrition.
14 days after materials’ distribution. Volunteer called the family. Zhen Zhen’s mother answered the phone. She was grateful and said the girls like the stuff, which could save her money. We bought rural medical insurance for her children. We supplied them with rice. She would leave it until weekends when the children come back home. The chickens were good except one was hit accidently.
Original article written by Yan Song, translated by Maggie Li and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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