Panda Care is a volunteer group formed after the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake. They aim to help children living in poverty who lost love ones to the disaster.
The Gaoding village is located in the Niejia township of Ganzi Zang Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The villagers live high up in mountain areas where the road has not been paved, and with the lack of education in their community, they are isolated. Many of them do not know the outside world and are afraid of being cheated, so they are reluctant to venture beyond their village to find work. The villagers earn their living by farming, but they can only grow corn and potatoes because of irrigating problems. Children walk nearly 10 miles down mountainous paths to go to school. Such situations make it difficult for the villagers to have any hope or ambition for a better future - a mindset that has been passed down for generations.
The severe winter has brought snow to the mountains. We sent a truck-load of clothes and other goods donated from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Hangzhou before the road ends up covered by the snow, so that the villagers would have sufficient warmth for the winter. In addition, we carried out a workshop to encourage the villagers to support their children’s education. The activity helped them understand how educating the children could have a positive influence on the whole family. It was a meaningful day, well worth all of our efforts.
Original article written by Guirong Ma, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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