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There's Nothing You Can't Conquer with Love

06168 Li Ran You
Translated by Yao Hsu

I come from Azheluoma Village. I have graduated for two years and now work in a country-owned enterprise. I like this job very much and have a stable income. After all these years, I finally no longer need to worry about not being able to pay the tuition, and don't have to panic that my family has no place to live when the rainy season comes. What makes me most gratified is that my mother's health is much better. I am also grateful for PEACH Foundation and everyone who helps me get through the hardship.

The journey of getting the education seems like walking on a long road in the dark night. There are elderly grandparents and a sickly mother who need to be taken care of in the house. My father is the only one who can work to support this family. My mother's illness became more and more serious. At that time, we couldn't afford to take her to see a doctor, so she was always tortured by the illness. The tuition fee for me and my sister put even more pressure on the family financial crisis. However, no matter how difficult the family is, we never give up. The proudest and most honored thing in my life is that I have a happy and warm home.

In my hometown, the “preference of boys to girls” phenomenon that has lasted for thousands of years in China is very serious. Since there is no boy in the family, we are always discriminated against by villagers and relatives. My parents cannot face the high cost of over-birth, so in order to give birth to a boy, they have to hide outside all year round. I hate this patriarchal inequality, which affects my mother's health, makes us left-behind without parents' proper care and be treated differently.

I will never forget the day that my sister and I were weeding on the fields. When we saw our young friends of the same age carrying new schoolbags and getting on the bus to the county town to report to the school, we could only watch them with tears in our eyes and envy in our hearts. Because our parents were not at home and the elderly grandparents needed our care, we had to drop out of school and bear the responsibilities of this family at young age. Although it was very tough, we had no complaint. Maybe this was just our fate.

Somehow, there is always light at the end of tunnel. After a period of time, the country implemented nine-year compulsory education. In order to serve enough students and pass the inspection guidelines, my sister and I were sent back to school by the staff of the Education Bureau. Although we didn't have any textbook, it is good enough to be able to study in school. After studying in this way for a period of time, the inspection work of the nine-year compulsory education came to an end. Students like us who were sent from the countryside had to return home one after another. We were very afraid of losing such a learning opportunity. In order to let me complete my education smoothly, my sister voluntarily gave up hers.

I didn't have textbooks in the first semester of middle school, but with the help of teachers and classmates, I successfully completed the first semester courses with excellent grades. Because of the family's financial condition, I couldn't afford to live at school. Thankfully I could stay with our relatives who just live next to school and I am very grateful to them. However, during the difficult days, especially when my mother's health got worse, I was about to give up my studies. Fortunately, I met PEACH, a big loving family, who brought me warmth and gave me hope. With their help, I had the courage to keep on going and had more confidence to face the future.

It was particularly cold during the winter of the second year of middle school. I only had a thin T-shirt and one sweater that I knit, so I got a lot of frostbite on my body, which was really painful. My classmates were all curious about why I didn't wear warmer clothes under this freezing weather. Instead of telling the truth, I lied that I left them at home. Sometime later, PEACH sent me some winter clothes, which let me live through this cold winter warmly.

With the help of PEACH and my own efforts, I was admitted to the university. After graduating from university, I found a job I like and also sponsored two children at PEACH foundation.

 

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