Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2017 – Jingxi County, Guangxi Province
Reviewing with students of Jingxi High School how to apply for national student loans and relocation subsidies after the college entrance exam results are posted.
The high school students of Jingxi High School.
Auntie Jian explained to everyone that the English-Chinese dictionaries were purchased through the fundraising efforts by our young volunteer from Beijing, Xie Yuancong. Our young volunteer Lyu Jiyang added that he also used crowdfunding platforms to raise funds.
Receiving an English-Chinese dictionary purchased by our volunteers.
She said that she had a serious conflict with her father over New Years. Now her father is no longer giving her money for living expenses. What should she do?
Seeing whether there are any problems with the weekly study schedule these two students made the night before.
She asked, “I have a classmate who is very depressed and even suicidal. How can I help her?
A group photo with the seniors at Jingxi High School.
Last minute reminders to the seniors
The seniors of Jingxi High School insisted on accompanying us all the way to the school entrance.
Reluctant to say farewell.
Nanpo Junior High School is located in a border town far from the county seat. It is one of the larger junior high schools in the Baise border area.
The government subsidized the construction of the brick house but there was no money for the front door. A few planks of wood were nailed to the doorway. The inside was the house was bare.
The insides of the student’s house. There was no separate bedroom. The bed is in the empty living room.
The father has epilepsy. The mother is deaf-mute. Neither can work. The family is very poor.
We met the student’s deaf-mute mother on the road.
Visiting the home of the Nanpo Junior High School students in the drizzle.
This student and their single mother have moved in with their grandparents. They no longer live in this bare house.
This student’s grandmother is heavily hunchbacked. She is bent at almost 90 degrees.
The father has foot disabilities and cannot work. The house has been remodeled, but it stands empty.
This student’s grandmother has passed away. They are holding the funeral.
The new sports field of Nanpo Junior High school is very pretty.
Privately admonishing but also encouraging two students at Nanpo Junior High School.
A senior at Nanpo Junior High school shared with everyone the weekly study schedule she wrote the night before.
Encouraging the children to ask questions.
The high school entrance exam is the first turning point in life. The seniors of the Nanpo Junior High School are all very nervous.
The new sports field of the Longlin Junior High School were not finished yet.
As the orphaned student’s grandpa and grandma (first and second from the left) described the family’s situation, the grandma started crying.
Visiting the homes of Longlin students in the rain.
The bedroom of the student’s home.
The orphaned student’s grandpa (second from the left) just came back from the field and was drenched. After changing his clothes, he described the family’s situation while barefoot.
The white-haired grandpa is supporting the entire family, raising the orphan of his eldest son, and providing for his disabled second son and his mentally disabled wife.
We could not bear seeing the uncle’s left foot, which was amputated because of an injury. But the uncle’s cheerful smile eased everyone’s heavy feelings.
Comforting the student’s grandmother.
Our young volunteer Lyu Jiyang talking with the students of Longlin Junior High School.
Checking to see that each student knows how to develop their own weekly study schedule.
Auntie Lu handing out educational grants.
After receiving the educational grants, the children of Longlin Junior High School sign the receipt form.
Explaining to the children of Longlin Junior High School how the English-Chinese dictionaries were purchased.
The students of Ande Junior High School listen intently to the talks.
The new sports field at Ande Junior High School.
The students at Ande Junior High School receive their educational grants and sign the receipt form.
At each seminar, she always sits in the front row and listens intently. Her thin shoulders bear so much responsibility and hardship. After the funeral of her father, the responsibility of caring for her sister in elementary school, and her mother with severe disabilities has fallen on her.
Hugging good bye.
Auntie Jian, take care of yourself!
These three children from Ande Junior High School said confidently, “Auntie Jian, we will see you in Jingxi High School next semester!”
Checking in to see how these orphaned students were doing.
This orphaned student at Ande Junior High School says that he lives alone, without any family.
After the seminar, this thin senior student, accompanied by her friend, described her family situation to Auntie Jian: Her mother suffered serious brain damage many years ago, and can no longer communicate. She has the intellect of a small child. Her father was the pillar of the family, but he passed away a month ago.
Handing out educational grants in Guole Junior High School.
The smaller and more remote Guole Junior High School may be closed down in two years.
The children of Guole Junior High School.