On the day of the visit, we were misled by the GPS, but we successfully arrived at our destination – Yangyang’s home in a remote part of Guangxi Province. Thanks to the central government policies to improve the transportation in the countryside across, vehicles are now able to access nearly every village in every corner in rural areas.
We were greeted by an older man accompanying a little boy in front of the house. I recognized that the young boy was Mo Yangyang whom we wanted to see – and his grandfather. One can’t imagine that he was a serious CHD patient who was just released from the hospital this past January. He has recovered very well. We were told by his grandparents that the boy looks no different from any other normal little boys. Even though he is an active and rambunctious boy sometimes, he follows his grandmother’s instructions most.
His parents are scarcely at home, because they have to take temporary jobs outside of the province to earn the keep for the household. Many young people in this country have to make similar decisions since farming does not make provide enough money to live on – but working in factories pays more. So, elderly people stay at home to take care of their grandchildren, while young people are scarcely seen in the villages.
Due to the shortage of kindergarten in the village, Yangyang is not yet able to enter into the local kindergarten. So, he is free to play with his buddies in the village. I was thrilled to see that Yangyang can communicate with us in mandarin while his grandfather can only speaks to us with the local dialect.
The house of Mo Yangyang is a half-finished brick and cement house (a to-be-multiple–story building) which was roughly decorated but was kept in good order and was tidy inside. The house has the regular amenities like toilet, kitchen and washing sink. We were told that the funding for completing the house is short so they can only live on the one floor. It looks okay because the area is spacious enough for six or seven members to reside.
The elderly couple was so touched that they were fortunate enough to meet the good doctor who recommended our foundation and it took away the burden of funding the surgery for Yangyang. It made them realize that kind people are everywhere across the world, so they want to relay the love like those donors do – to help others if they have opportunity.
They were reluctant to let us leave when we departed their house. Accompanying his grandparents, Yangyang kept saying goodbye to us when we bade farewell to them. “Thank you” was expressed again and again until the moment we left.