Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2018 – Wen County, Gansu Province
Auntie Lu introduces the volunteers’ situation to the children of the Wen County No.4 Middle School
Will you be my little volunteer for the upcoming interactive activity?
Volunteer Wang Dan from Huizhou TCL Multimedia Company sharing her work and school experiences
Signing the receipts for the education grants handed out at the Wen County No. 4 Middle School.
Teacher Hou from the Wen County No. 4 Middle School pointing out the path for home visits, which we have taken several times before.
On the way to the home visit, I picked a small bunch of camphor buds.
The kitchen of the student’s home.
The main cash crop at home – potatoes.
The teacher said that the construction of this bungalow was subsidized by the government after the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008.
Volunteers and teachers inquiring about the student’s family situation.
Two teachers from Wen County No. 4 Middle School accompanied us on the home visits.
This student’s home was also built by the Ministry of Civil Affairs after the Wenchuan earthquake.
Although the father is disabled, the Mongolian milkvetch (huang qi) was neatly bundled.
The student’s father lost his leg eight years ago due to a rotary tiller accident which also fractured his right hand. Although he has a prosthetic leg now, he cannot work.
This girl had poor hearing, but likes to draw. Her drawings were pasted on the walls of her house.
The student’s mother and grandma saying goodbye to the volunteers.
Visiting the home of the next student.
The grandpa is over 90 years old, but he is still mobile, and has no problems with hearing.
Inquiring about the family situation from grandpa.
Grandpa saying goodbye to us.
The parents who were working in the fields hurried back. This is a family where the parents remarried. They have three children in school.
The atmosphere of learning is very strong at Wen County No.1 High School. Students can be seen reading and studying everywhere.
It is not yet time for the evening reading session, but many students are already reciting their textbooks on the stairs.
It’s almost time for the school’s arts festival. The students used the time between dinner and evening self-study to rehearse their performances on the sports field.
Volunteer Wang Dan speaking at Wen County No.1 High School.
Auntie Wan Dan teaching the children the value of praise – how to praise others, and how to praise themselves.
Children smiling at the amusing story being shared.
Handing out educational grants at Wen County No.1 High School.
The rural scenery.
Teacher Wang from Wen County No.1 High School accompanying the volunteers on a family visit and introducing the students’ situations.
The village has many earth houses like these.
Teach Wang walking in front and asking for directions.
The student’s grandma was waiting for our arrival.
Recording the student’s family situation.
The teacher (first from the left) translating for us.
This mother suffers from severe arthritis in her legs; she could hardly walk. She can’t do farm work. She is very sad because she feels like she is a burden to the family.
Plants growing on a house that has not been repaired for many years. This is a unique characteristic of Wen County.
There are several new garbage bins in the village square, showing traces of the initiative to “Targeted Poverty Reduction Households”.