Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for women in rural areas. Ms.Zhou’s main office is in Tanshan, Hebei province.
A Hua is over 40, and she is a successful entrepreneur. She came to see me because she has problems in her marriage. We had been communicating via QQ. She invited me to meet her after she learned I had been in the public welfare sector for over 10 years.
A Hua started to work when she was 16 and sold plastic flowers to make a living. “I earned only a few yuan a day and there was a lot of bitterness in my life.” Now she is successful and has her own company, car, and house. Her child is studying abroad.
“My material life has become better, but I still feel something is missing. For years, I have wanted to do something for society, but I do not have a lot of formal education, and I do not know how I can help others.”
A Hua says she has an empty meeting room that could be helpful.
I told her some stories of implementing psychological health education in communities and rural areas all over the country. She was interested in them. I suggested that since there are many female migrant workers in Guangdong, she could form an organization that looks into their psychological health and the health education of their children. She agreed and started to gather an audience. The meeting room would be organized as a classroom - I would be the lecturer.
We began to plan and received the first visitor, a girl who was having trouble with her mother who had married again. The girl could not accept her mother’s re-marriage. She ran away from home after fighting with her mother. The girl works in a factory of A Hua’s. She talked about all the things bothering her and even told us she has contemplated suicide. I talked with her for less than an hour, and she began to come to a better understanding of her life. She thanked me and left.
I left her with an assignment—give her mother a call, tell her mother she loves her, and thank her. The girl said she would try. The next day, the girl told me she was very happy, for her mother was very responsive and loving.
I think, everyone needs to be healthy psychologically. We need to contribute to the world with our love and strength.
Original article written by Zhou Yonghong, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
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