Three days’ journey created mixed feeling at that particular moment….
After completing the activity in the school and started home visit, we headed towards Wang Yahong, a student studying in 5th grade. At the moment we stepped into her home, we were totally shocked. A few mud houses and collapsed walls jumped into our eyes. To be exact, her home was only enclosed with a few walls in the middle of the yard without roof. In the middle of the yard knelt a woman in her fifties, collecting grass for animals. At first we didn’t know why she was kneeling on the floor. Later we found out that she had leg problems. A man in his fifties and another girl younger than Yanhong stood next to the woman. Their hairs were messy and were wrapped in old rags. They are Yahong’s mum, dad, and younger sister. The family of four lived in this rickety house. Inside the house there was a earthen bed, an old table, to shabby wardrobes, and a few fragmentary benches.
There was no computer, no TV, no electrical appliances, no pretty girlish clothes, no dolls, and even no desk or chairs for doing homework.
A scruffy yard, a few collapsed walls, two aged parents, and a young sister. This home was as poor as a church mouse. We could imagine how much pressure Yahong has gone through when living in such a home. But she never complained. What we saw was only strong will and perseverance.
After browsing her home, tears went into my eyes. Although my family was poor too when I was a kid, we didn’t worry too much about clothing or food. All the way during the journey we discovered the remoteness and underdeveloped economy. Although we have prepared for that, what we saw at Yahong’s home were still beyond my expectation and instantly overthrew my strong will accumulated over the past years.
Her teacher told us that she studied really well. However she had to quit school due to poverty, but she managed to resume her study thanks to teacher’s help.
I did not know what her dream was apart from being busy with study and chores. Now this family had to rely upon government allowance to make a living. She had to look after her aged parents and young sister. She had to shoulder the responsibility of the entire family. What we could do now was to give her hope and courage for keeping moving on.
We believe that this child will sure create a bright future for the family.