Lan Shaohui (R6) poses for a group photo with other representatives a the awarding ceremony held in Beijing on October 25. [All-China Women's Federation/Zhang Cong]
Lan Shaohui and her family were recognized as an inspirational household for their consistent efforts to help the underprivileged and elderly, as part of the campaign "Looking for the Most Beautiful Families" at a ceremony held in Beijing on October 25.
The campaign was co-sponsored by the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF).
It was noted that Lan's family were the only one from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region honored in the campaign.
As a rural woman from Tangtai Village of Beigeng Township in Xincheng County, Lan, 55, has dedicated herself to looking after local elderly citizens from "empty-nest" families (those whose children have left them to work in far-off cities or formed their own families), "left-behind" children (those whose parents have left them to find work in far-off cities with higher salaries) and other underprivileged residents over the last decade, along with her family members.
In September 2005, the local village committee of the CPC helped eight senior residents from childless families move into nursing homes, but had difficulties finding any suitable person to attend to them. Addressing the condition, Lan, who was the director in charge of women's affairs at the time, volunteered to assume the task with a payment of 150 yuan (U.S.$24) per month, though her family was busy with their lucrative economic activities. Since then, she has spared no efforts to take care of them without any complaints for the rest of their lives.
In June 2013, a 12-year-old left-behind boy accidentally drowned when he was playing at the bank of a river, which put his rural-migrant parents in a desperate condition. After the tragedy, Lan engaged herself into the establishment and management of a Children's Activity Center, with the support of Guangxi Women's Federation and other local governmental agencies. Teenagers there have access to musical instruments, dance lessons, calligraphy and other trainings, which further enrich their daily life. So far, the center has become an important and safe place for local children to enjoy their extracurricular life.
Lan's consistent dedication to helping the underprivileged at the village has won her lots of awards and honors from various governmental bodies in recent years, along with applause and praises from the public.
(Provided by the Laibin Women's Federation)
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