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.
On August 15, 2013, a volunteer team made up of 6 members from Shanxi 029 Public Welfare Service Center visited a special family with 15 members in Mapaoquan village. This family is defined by the government as 'stricken', which means their family includes members that are mentally challenged, disabled, widowed or left-behind. They have not been educated. We have been calling for loving people to care and help the family and help us bring them daily necessities.
There are 3 elderly people living with three of their sons and 2 daughters-in-law. One of the sons and his wife work in the city, leaving their children at home. The eldest son has 6 children, of which the eldest daughter is 21 and mentally challenged. Her name is Nini, and she loves to smile, but we did not meet her on the day we visited the family. The second child is a boy. His name is Li Tongtong and is 19 years old. He is also mentally challenged and does not like talking. The third child is 13 and in Grade 5. He worked hard in school, but had to leave because the family did not have enough money to support his education. The 4th child is 6 and lovely. He is currently going to school, but the family cannot afford to continue his education. The 5th child is a girl, who is 3. The 6th child is 1 year old and does not have a name yet. It was hot outside, so the volunteers helped to wash the children and feed them, in addition to cleaning a minor wound on one of the children.
Original article written by Bin Kong, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Vanne He
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