Mute Class Fuels Disabled Child's Painting Dream

 June 24, 2020
Young volunteers Xu Xiaojiao (1st, R) and Zhang Fengqin cooperate to give a painting lesson to a hearing-impaired child online on May 20. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Volunteers invited Pingping, a deaf and mute child who is good at drawing, to walk out of the mountainous village she lives in for the first time on June 18, to create painting from nature and to visit a painting exhibition in the downtown area of Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. 

Pingping lives in Heyu Township, Chongqing's Chengkou County. In the fall quarter of 2018, she was found as an uneducated school-age child by Heyu Elementary School. Since there was no way for her to keep up with her peers, the school's principal Gao Peng and his colleagues tutored the girl at her home. Since then, Pingping has had her own paintbrushes and has been showing her talent for painting. 

After two year's learning, Pingping's drawing skills was getting better. Song Qin, the child's art instructor, began to look for more professional teachers for her through WeChat. Soon after, Pingping's stories and paintings impressed several young volunteers from a local art studio. 

They drove hundreds of kilometers to Chengkou to visit Pingping, and began to teach her online.

Xu Xiaojiao, one of the volunteers, hoped that Pingping will feel the warmth of society and firm up her dream of painting.

Pingping (C) shows her paintings to volunteers at her home in Chengkou County, Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, on May 11. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Volunteer Zhang Qingsong (1st, R) guides Pingping (L, Front) in sketching urban light rail scenes in one of Chongqing's commercial streets on June 18. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Pingping (C) took the volunteers to her usual haunts to create still lives in a mountain in Chengkou County, Southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, on May 11. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Volunteer Zhang Qingsong (R) shares his ideas of painting with Pingping at an art exhibition held in Chongqing's Jiulongpo District on June 18. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Pingping draws a panda at Chongqing Zoo on June 18. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


A volunteer takes photos of Pingping and her painting at Chongqing Zoo on June 18. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


Volunteer Xu Xiaojiao (R) checks out a peacock with Pingping at Chongqing Zoo on June 18. [Xinhua/Liu Chan]


(Source: Xinhua/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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