Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2015 – Wen County, Gansu Province
Aunt He interacts with the students of Wenxian No.4 Middle School in Qiatou Village.
Volunteer sister Huang participated fully in the Wen County and Qingchuan County program.
The teacher of Wenxian No.4 Middle School, sitting at the center, was like an ‘invisible man’ during the entire period of the joyful interaction with the students.
After listening to the story told to the students, this boy voluntarily stood up to tell classmates the emphasis of the story.
The road in the cloud led us to Qiaotou Village in the mountain.
The 212 National Highway that runs through Wen County needs two more years to be restored.
This grandmother came to the highway to guide us to the home visits.
Enroute to home visit in Qiaotou Village.
The mother had fled back to her mother’s home with the two children, without any source of income, as they were often beaten by the mentally ill father.
This grade six boy promised us with tears...upon our encouragement that he must study in the junior high school like his sister and we will definitely help him out.
The gravel road made walking downhill more difficult as one can easily slip if careless.
Home of a student.
Walking carefully on the muddy road downhill; have to use a stone to scrap away the mud on the shoes after we finished the walk.
The volunteer getting to know the family situation of the student from his grandmother.
No banners, no ceremony, but the grants were handed-over to the students in a most respectful way.
Teaching the students the four secrets on how to deal with difficulties and problems.
Although we have said goodbye to the students in the classroom, to our surprise, many of them still gathered and waited for a long
time outside the school to see us off.
Holding back our sadness, we comforted with encouragement and assured the crying student that we will come back the next school term.
Going forward, our assignment is to teach the impoverished and unfortunate students of Qiaotou Village not to cry anymore.
Cheered up and encouraged this student of No.4 Middle School, who held back his tears.
We did a revision for the of 3rd year senior high students of Wen County No.1 Middle School on the things to pay attention to in applying
for national grants, loans etc. when they are admitted to the university.
The classroom of Wen County No.1 Middle School did not have seats for eighty-three students, some of them have to share two seats with
three students; the three boys who stood at the back were asked to sit on the desk.
A teacher of No.1 Middle School led us as we made the home visits.
Grandfather was the only person still living at home, which is too far away for the student who seldom returns home.
The mother of a student came home from the field to meet with us; families who can afford it already have brick houses but most of
the “Tomorrow Program” students still live in old homes built of wood.
She especially made an appointment with us to talk about her personal issues.
Students of No.1 Middle School seriously took notes on things to pay attention to in the admission examination to university.
A student of No.1 Middle School who loves calligraphy was asked to write on the blackboard the theme of this discussion:
Efforts, Challenges, Courage, Faith
Aunt Jane, please write a few words for me on my notebook.
Aunt Jane, I have two questions; First, can you stay until 10:30 p.m? Second, can I be a volunteer in the “Tomorrow Program” when
I am in the university?
Group photo of the volunteers with the students of Wen County No.1 Middle School.