CHINA / Regional

Impoverished students work harder for society
By Li Qian (
Updated: 2006-07-26 16:32

Not all students who were accepted into universities recently are happy. Some impoverished students are facing difficulties in paying tuition fees.

Fortunately, authorities in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, have launched a movement, calling for society to donate money and give 120 poor students a helping hand. Consequently, many of them have received funding and will enter universities soon, the People's Daily reported Wednesday.

At the same time, the students are struggling with the difficult situation and expressing appreciation to the kind-hearted through working hard, according to the paper.

Chen Zhijian lives in a suburb of Guangzhou. His father died when he was very young. Chen and his brother have paid their tuitions with the their handicapped mother's income of only 400 yuan per month.

Despite the difficult living conditions, Chen studied hard and earned a high score on the college entrance exam. But soon he fell into despair, seeing his mother begging to borrow money door-to-door but still not able to collect enough.

Thanks to the funding movement, Chen's tuition fee has been paid with donations. Upon hearing there were vacancies for part-time workers in the civic Youth Foundation, Chen was the first to apply for the position.

"I have been helped and cared for by others for a long time. Now it's time for me to do something for society," Chen said.

Fan Lina also faced heavy pressure when she was accepted to a university. Her mother suffers from cancer, her father is crippled, and her grandmother is growing old. .

Relatives won't lend her money for fear that she could not pay it back. The optimistic girl has never had new clothes. In order to support the family, she used to stand under the burning sun selling newspapers to make money.

With a monthly family income of just hundreds of yuan, she was under excessive pressure. She couldn't help crying for not having enough money to pay the tuition.
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