Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for woman in rural areas. Read the original article here.
A women cadre called and invited me to give some talks in her village because women there had never taken such lessons. I promised without hesitation.
The lecture was planned to be held outside but the weather grew dismal and only about 30 people came to attend it.
I said, ‘We will only chat today, just like friends. Anyone who has problems can raise her hand and ask a question.’ They thought I was a friendly person.
Women here all lack training and rely simply on their husbands to support their families. Most of the time, they have nothing to do except when it is the harvest season when children who may or may not complete their senior year in high school are always hanging out the whole day. The director tells me she felt sad about those boys and girls having no desire to make progress. Parents, however, consider it a common phenomenon.
The lecture is far from easy.
What comforts me a little is how long the lessons last, even half an hour more.
Those women are desperate for changes, whatever the present situation is.
I ought to come again.
Frankly speaking, I feel pleased every time I finish my talking.
Lastly, I share the beautiful scenery with all my friends.
Original article written by Zhou Yonghong, translated by Shishi Ma, and edited by US interns Emily Cheng and Ally Nguyen.
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