Photo Stories – Spring Semester 2017 – Napo County, Guangxi Province
Before the evening seminar, the volunteers chatted with several high school students who had arrived early, as they waited for the teacher to open the classroom.
Uncle Lyu, a volunteer from Shanghai, introduced the general conditions in Shanghai to the high school students.
Uncle Lyu, a maritime lawyer, talked about dispute cases between container ships at sea, and expanded the horizons of these children in high school.
After the meeting, the children waited to talk to Auntie Jian.
Individual interviews with new students.
15 high school students who applied for the “Tomorrow Program” due to family difficulties having individual interviews with volunteers.
Auntie Lu answers questions from high school students
This high school student raised her hands and stood up to thank the “Tomorrow Program” for her educational grants, and for Auntie Jian’s companionship over the last 6 years.
The students asked Uncle Lyu to tell them more about the situation in Shanghai.
Uncle Lyu gave dictionaries to students who do not have an English-Chinese dictionary.
A blessed smile
Handing out education grants at Napo High School
For the children who are entering the final sprint in their college entrance examination preparation, Do your best!
Napo high school seniors taking a photo with the volunteers.
The final reminders and blessings for the children to succeed in their college entrance exam.
This high school senior is reluctant to say farewell.
A few high school boys, who are usually silent and reserved, surround Auntie Jian to express their heartfelt gratitude and reluctance to say good bye.
The playground of Longhe Junior High School was finally renovated.
To prepare for the “Balanced Education” inspection visit to the countryside by the Baise City Department of Education, the whole school was cleaned up.
The student’s father with foot disabilities describes the family situation.
Dad has large tumors on both sides of his neck.
After the government subsidized the conversion of the dilapidated house to a brick house, there was no money to renovate it.
To get to the student’s house, we had to pass through the backyard garden of the neighbor and climb over a short wall. Without the student’s father leading the way, we would not have found their home.
This student’s mother died young, and dad works manual labor out-of-province. The student lives with and is raised by his uncle (middle) and aunt.
This student’s home is dilapidated and no longer suitable for habitation.
The home of a Longhe junior high school student
The student’s father is paralyzed on one side of the body due to a cerebral hemorrhage. The mother stays at home to take care of the father and cannot go out to work.
Talking with the children of Longhe Junior High School
The boy’s answer caused the whole class to laugh.
The students actively raise their hands to respond to Auntie Jian’s questions
The cute children
Uncle Lyu introduces himself to the children
Although the afternoon is an easy time to get drowsy, the children listened very intently.
Uncle Lyu talking with the children
Handing out educational grants
Thank you, Auntie Jian!
The scene at Longhe Junior High School as the education grants were handed out
Even though her father has been deceased for many years and her mother is disabled, this junior high school girl never gave up on her studies, and achieved excellent academic results.
This intelligent, exceptional, sensitive, and proud girl had high aspirations even though her family situation is very difficult. After attending the symposium for the first time, she hugged Auntie Jian as she said good bye.
The principal of Napo Ethnic Middle School proudly told us that the school cafeteria has operated buffet-style for two years, and the results were very good. The students learn to take what they need without wasting food.
Lyu Jiyang, a young volunteer who came from Canada to participate in the program, introduces himself to the students of Napo Ethnic Middle School.
This boy from Napo Ethnic Middle School said that he was not able to work hard last semester because of his bad mood. For this reason, the next day, Auntie Jian taught everyone methods to manage their emotions.
The first evening, Auntie Jian taught everyone how to set up a detailed weekly study plan. This boy who has always studied hard but has diabetes told Auntie Jian that he will reserve 30 minutes for each meal in his plan.
This boy asked, “Can my younger brother apply to join the big family of the Tomorrow Program”?
Dad beats mom when he gets drunk. Sometimes he falls asleep drunk by the side of the road and must be carried home. The doctor says he is alcoholic. The senior high school entrance exam is coming up, but I can’t concentrate on preparing for the exam because I’m worried about my parents. What should I do?
The student’s father has already passed away. The student’s mother cannot speak Mandarin. Her description of the family’s situation is translated by the neighbor (second from right).
The single mother and the student’s uncles prepared chicken and duck and invited us to stay for a meal, but we had to decline their kind offer.
During the previous day’s discussion, the children were taught in detail about creating a weekly study plan and timetable. On the second day of the discussion, this boy volunteered to share his weekly plan with everyone.
This girl in junior high also shared her weekly study plan.
After receiving their educational grants, the students also received an English-Chinese dictionary from our young volunteer.
Auntie Jian, I will do my best!
Uncle Lyu talking with students from Napo Ethnic Middle School
It was only in the discussions after the seminar that we found out that this orphan with diabetes had recently been unwell. After more questioning, he told us that he had not seen a doctor for more than two years to save money.
We gave the teacher (first from the left) some money, and asked him to take the child to the Napo People’s Hospital as soon as possible to see a doctor.
After arranging for his medical exam and medication, the boy and Auntie Jian made a “secret agreement” that he would go see a doctor if he was sick in the future. By this time, the clock on the wall already read 10:43pm.
After the seminar, the children talk with the volunteers.
Handing out educational grants at Dingye Junior High school.
The children of Dingye Junior High school.
The children are not familiar at all with what lawyers do.
Please raise your hand if understand how to set up a weekly study plan.
For these children from the remote area of Dingye, Shanghai seems a world away. Uncle Lyu opened everyone’s eyes.
The children of Dingye Junior High School cried as they said their farewells.
This student in Junior High School was worried that if she could not get into high school, she would never see Auntie Jian again. Auntie Jian comforted her and gave her encouragement.