Thanks to the support from Transparent Fish Fund, Yunnan Leprosy has accomplished the following:
1) Three-Wheeled Motorcycle
Yimen’s rehabilitation village is located inside the mountains of Yunnan Province. It is nearly 20 kilometers from the city with only one 10 km road that is connected to highways. The rehabilitation village has 21 healthy people who are usually out shopping and helping with medical care. They usually rely on friends and family for transportation beyond the village. Transparent Fish Fund decided to provide funds for them to have a three-wheeled motorcycle, as this would help them with many difficult issues. On May 2, 2014, Liangping, a teacher with Transparent Fish Fund, entrusted the village head Wang Guilan to buy a three-wheeled motorcycle. After seeing a new motorcycle, they villagers were full of unspeakable joy.
2) Helping with Food and Daily Necessities
In 2014 the volunteer team visited a total of nine leprosy rehabilitation villages 48 times. Although the villagers had disabilities, they still had to rely on themselves to cultivate corn, potatoes, and vegetables to live on. Located in the mountains, Chuxiong’s rehabilitation village is very poor. We provided these 22 villagers with 25kg of rice, two bags per person. We also provided milk, meat, confectionery, towels, socks, washing powder, soap, blankets, sheets, and other materials to assist the nine rehabilitation villages that held 117 ill people. Volunteers also donated clothing, toys, books and other items.
3) Medical Treatment
In 2014, Liangping and 48 other volunteers visited nine rehabilitation villages to provide free medicine for 117 disease-infected patients. They also focused on helping the ill patient, Wang Zhuanyi, who will be receiving treatment in Kunming. The volunteers offer help in every possible way, along with giving medical checkups for the ill, cleaning ulcers, alleviating the suffering of the ill people, and providing medical help.
4) Funding Education for Children Who Have Recovered
Baocai and Baoliang are the grandchildren of the Zhao family at Yangjuangou’s rehabilitation village. Growing up in the village with their parents and grandparents, the two children have no education beyond the village. Every day they are lively, leading a free and happy life in the rehabilitation village.
Unable to stand the poverty in the village, their mother left them. Their father also went to go search for the mother. This trauma adds to the worsening effects of the leprosy disease in them. They had been paralyzed and unable to move. This has made their lives very difficult as they can only rely on their grandfather to take care of the whole family. Transparent Fish Fund understands their situation and raised enough money to fund their education.
1) Solar-Powered Shower Room
This rehabilitation village is located amidst the cold and long winter climates. Due to poor natural conditions only 30 people are living here. Since it is difficult to obtain water here, it is nearly impossible to take a shower. In 2014, Transparent Fish received their strong demand for a solar-powered shower in the village. Through a generous donor and help from Liangping and many volunteers from the United States, the solar-powered shower room was finally completed! The villagers were incredibly happy and thanks those who have helped to make this possible.
Since the water this rehabilitation village uses comes from the mountain, they receive a very limited amount of water. Depending on the weather, they can receive as little as no water, especially when it is really sunny outside. These villagers asked Transparent Fish if they could construct a reservoir for them. That way, they can be sure that even during dry seasons, they will still be able to have some drinking water (when there are droughts, they will not have to worry about where to allocate water). Many volunteers came to help build the reservoir. There were even some that came especially from the United States to help.
3) Food Assistance and Clothing
Most of the people living in the rehabilitation village are old and feeble people that are living in poverty. Liangping, along with many other international organizations and other volunteers, volunteers to send food, rice, blankets, clothing, and other items to these villagers. About 150 people came 26 times in person to help the village out.
Since many of the people living in the village often have to go to the mountains in order to cut firewood to cook food, the volunteers decided to buy each of the households a rice cooker. Volunteers also helped with farm work, giving out haircuts, etc. They also installed solar panels to facilitate the lighting so that villagers can watch television, etc. On the day of their arrival, they coincidentally arrived on a day where there was a festival. There, they all celebrated the joy of life.
4) Medical and Pharmaceutical Assistance
Liangping has volunteered for over a decade, caring for the ill and giving medical examinations. In addition to helping with acupuncture treatments, Liangping has also contacted the hospital to help the seriously ill and give instructions as to when to use their medicine and dosage amounts. Liangping has always patiently helped treat ulcer wounds and apply ointments. Volunteers from America and Pingliang often visit the rehabilitation village to provide medical assistance to the ill.
5) Helping Fund the Baocai Siblings’ Education
Transparent Fish Fund will continue to fund the Baocai siblings through school and oversee them growing up happily. The brother is becoming more grown up every day and the sister is becoming lovelier every day.
Baocai, Baoliang, and the villagers are carefully planning a performance. Hopefully, they will have it ready next year for us to see.
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