作者： Lily Yin， 翻译： 彭博远
An Unexpected Meeting
(By Lily Yin, Translated by Patrick Peng)
Last year, the Little Masters GEST Club funded 56 impoverished students. Coincidentally, my child and I met a Gansu student who came to work in Beijing during the summer. The girl had been living with her father, but at the age of 17 her father got in a car accident and had a craniotomy. Because she had to take care of her father, her studies have taken a big hit, but she still got into a technical school of interior design. She studies hard and hopes to transfer to an undergraduate program within two years. Seeing that she is working hard for her goals made me really happy for her. Listening to her confiding that at her blooming age she even thought of death made my heart hurt for her. I’m happy that she stood up strong and said to me as a 19-year-old: "Looking back, there are no unsurmountable obstacles in life." I think that the struggles she’s been through have given her first fortune. Her father is slowly becoming able to take care of himself, and the family has hope again.
GEST will continue to support her future studies. We are very grateful to the local volunteer Mr. Yuan for visiting the families of poor families every year and helping them apply for scholarships. In addition, thanks to China Tomorrow Education Foundation for helping with the process every year and providing a platform for funding. Finally, thanks to our Little Masters monthly cake sales, Microsoft fundraising, and the Chinese school - the money raised by old-fashioned charity sales has been passed on to the children in need.