All the flight, bus tripe, car ride, and walk during journey reminded the episode about Luo Haiqiong in the movie If You Are the One, which made us exhausted and excited at the same time.
We thought that we have well prepared for the hard life and education problems of the children in impoverished areas. However when we saw their homes and educational conditions with our eyes, we couldn’t helping being deeply affected. Most of the children here were restrained and shy. However after some activities, they released their inborn passion and liveliness. No wonder, how could impoverished life easily defeat their strong will and smile? Before I had time to remember their names or say good-bye, we had to leave Po’er Primary and head to a small girl’s home.
The road became worse and worse, stones became more and more, and the village became more and more remote. Looking at the rugged muddy road, passing by the good-hearted farmers, and enjoying the blue sky that can’t be seen in Shanghai, we barely had any chance to enjoy such beautiful nature. If not for the concern for the children living here, it could have been a very relaxed trip. However, because of the concern, we paid no attention to the idyllic scene and just hoped to arrive at her home to help her as we could.
Her home was located in the middle of the mountain. When we arrived at her home out of breath due to all the mountain climbing, we were still shocked. Wrecked home, illness, poverty, darkness, and thick fog have overwhelmed her childhood, which should have been a colorful and carefree one. We couldn’t imagine how this child could be so optimistic in face of such adverse living environment. She kept smiling while communicating with us. Her strong will moved everyone.
How rude and cold life could be is beyond what we have seen on MicroBlog or web logs, as you could only realize it after profound experience. I was a bit abashed in front of her toughness. As life has given me so much to cherish, I have always been grateful.
In fact, whether we live in wealthy cities or remote villages, there are always groups of people around us that need our attention and help. When poverty was presented in front of us most straightforwardly and thoroughly, this charity trip challenged our bottom line and called on me to offer more help to those needy people around us. I hope that, through this experience, I can motivate more people around me to pay attention to and help those needy people around us or far away. Let us start from now on and start with the people around us.
On the third day after I returned to Shanghai, quite unexpectedly, I received a text message from a child in the school, whose simple words truly affected me and other companions. Yes, they did remember us, the big brothers and sisters from Anzheng Group. I reckon what we brought to them were not only material help but also care and love.
Many thanks to the Company for organizing such a meaningful trip and many thanks to my companions for the care they gave me during the trip. Thanks to the children in Po’er Primary School for giving us the most precious memories in life. Wherever we are in the future, we will remember your names in our hearts. Thank you……