|Shao Haixia (C) poses for a group photo with her students in their campus. [yzwb.net]|
A female rural teacher in east China's Jiangsu Province has sheltered a total of 59 homeless children or those without parental supervision for nearly three consecutive decades, despite her family not having a good economic situation.
Shao Haixia, 46, is a Chinese teacher from an elemental middle school in Binhai County in Yancheng, a city in Jiangsu.
Shao and her siblings had to depend on each other when their parents passed away within the space of one year. In fact, she was only six years old that year.
Therefore, this miserable personal experience in her earlier life encouraged Shao to pay more attention to children inaccessible to parental care and give love to them on her own initiative since she graduated from a senior middle school and began to work at the age of 17.
When she started working, Shao found there was a boy in her class who was reluctant to talk with others. After a while, she learned that he lived with his elderly grandmother since his father had died many years ago and his mother remarried. Shao believed that this lack of parental care made him a private person.
Shao invited the underprivileged child to live with her when she got approval from her second elder sister. She and her other siblings treated him like one of their family during his stay in their home.
Ding Xiaojun is another child that has received assistance from Shao in these years. Due to a lack of parental supervision, he used to be a rebellious child and often spoke in dirty language. In addition, he didn't work hard at his academic studies.
It was Shao who helped him make large strides in his academic performance and took care of him at all times.
It took several years for her husband to eventually understand the reason why Shao kept assisting these vulnerable children for many years. Right now, he often buys presents or snacks for them and gives a hand to Shao when she needs him.
As for Shao, her decade-long dedication and care for these underprivileged children has come at the expense of the observance of a frugal life and the deterioration of her physical health.
Due to serious warning from doctors, plus a plea from her husband, Shao agreed to undergo an surgery on her uterine fibroid in September 2013, five years after it was found.
Shao often said to others that she would continue her work as usual as long as her body allows her to do so.
(Source: yzwb.net/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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