A letter to sponsor – by 03046 He Wen Fu
Translated by Nie Xu Min
How are you! At this very moment, I am writing to you inside the beautiful, bright and spacious library. I want to share with you my joyful excitement and great expectation for my future.
I came from a poor and backward mountain village to this modern and prosperous city. How could anyone understand the bitterness, hardship and the pain I have experienced? Thanks to your support and loving care during high school, I had the courage to face and overcome difficulties and setbacks over and over again. I no longer feared the possibility of dropping out school and could concentrate on my study. Now I am in college.
Since I was born and raised in a remote, backward and isolated place, I have had limited exposure to human civilization. During six years of primary school, I only learned simple writing and a little arithmetic such as addition and subtraction. Since I am a minority student, I only slowly started speaking Chinese in junior high school. When the city kids are learning to play piano or learn a foreign language, we are gathering food for pigs or doing work around the house and farm. When the city kids are visiting museums and going to movies with their parents, we are searching for loach in the fields and herding cattle on the hills. Although we are nurtured by the beautiful nature, we are lagging behind in our understanding of other aspects of modern civilization.
Once in university, students from rural areas secretly feel inferior and discover that they can't do anything except study. Due to weak academic foundation and background, they find it difficult to keep up with their peers at the beginning. However, children from countryside have developed strong character and work ethics since childhood and will gradually catch up. It is indeed an honor and privilege to study with people who are better. I can tell that I'm gradually growing up and making progress. I could never forget the excitement I felt when I could access the treasure house of human wisdom and knowledge through the books of our professors and sages.
Constant material poverty during my childhood has made me desire for wealth as a hungry wolf for meat. But I do understand that, although material wealth is necessary for a happy life, it does not determine happiness. This realization makes me extremely happy. It's my wish to create wealth, but it's more important to enrich my soul and be happy! In today's society, material desires are rampant, disputes and conflicts are everywhere, and bullying happens too often. So many people are suffering. It is people like you who give comfort and hope to those souls long suffering from poverty. May human kindness be forever.