Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Associate Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Zhi is 13 years old and Shao is 11 years old. They have a 74-year-old grandfather. Life is not fair for these two children. Their mother suffered from a mental illness when they were young, and she would beat and curse them repeatedly. They grew up in fear and darkness, and without a mother to care for them. The whole family clasped. Entirety of the family's income had been used to pay for the mother's medical expenses, but she died three years ago.
The boys' grandmother passed away one year ago as well. Their father had to go out to find work, leaving the grandfather and his two children at home. In August of 2012, the father took out a loan of 20,000 RMB. The house was shabby and worn-out, so he decided to use the money to rebuild the house. In September, the old house was destroyed. However, when they began to build the new house, the father got sick and was diagnosed with an advanced stage of leukemia. Whatever money remained was spent trying to cure him, but he died in November.
Lead by the teacher and principal Luo, we visited the children on December 1. The two children and their grandpa were living in a temporary shelter. We did not see anything that could be eaten inside the shelter - not even rice. The children and their grandfather were weeping. This old man who was supposed to enjoy his life at old age was full of sadness. He was bearing too much pain: How could his grandchildren grow up? Do they still have happiness and hope in their lives?
After we came back, we made a plan to help the family. The Rainbow Village planned to:
1) Rebuild their house. 25,000 RMB was raised to rebuild a 40 square meters house along with 10,000 RMB of the government’s subsidy. The house is planned to be completded before the Chinese New Year. The labor costs will be shared by the local neighbors and volunteers.
2) Warm trip. The plan will also provide two children with 5000 RMB for their trip to Kunming and Chengdu. We hope the children will recover from their depressions, feel the warmth of the society, and find their innocent smile again by traveling to other places.
Original article written by Cheng Quandi, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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