Xi’an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work. The main office is in Xi’an, China.
It’s a new semester. The children in the city are prepared for the coming days, but the children in the village are worried about their school expenses. Though compulsory education is free, they still have to pay for books, stationery, food, etc.
The Ganjiaping village is located in the mountains without many surrounding fields. The households are sparsely distributed. Infrastructure and communication is quite poor. We visited 9 households, but we had to walk almost 30 li. Because of the lack of arable land, most of the people work in the city, leaving children, women and elderly people in the village. Most of the children lack a sense of belonging and security.
It's very hard for a family to sustain itself, especially when there’s a school-age child in the family. The school is not nearby, and it often takes a few hours to get there so most of the students have to stay at the school, which increases expenses. Education is very important for a child so our focus is on the children's school and living expenses.
Living in such poor conditions, the children tend to cherish hard-earned opportunity and work hard, but their performances at school are not the best. Many of them are stressed, concerning their situations. Even though they have received material support, they are still concerned about themselves. We feel they need more encouragement.
One household impressed me a lot. The family has 3 children, and one of them is attending a university. The second child is in high school and excels at school. The youngest girl is in primary school. The conditions of the family are even worse, but their mother is optimistic. Her husband works in the city, and she has to manage the whole family. The family gets along well with the other people in the village, which sets a good example for the children. Such a natural way of family education cultivates 3 excellent children, which inspires us a lot. No matter the situation is, we’d better face it with an optimistic attitude, which will be more helpful than fear.
Original article written by Bing Kong, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Vanne He
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