Legless man sculpts a life of dignity
Updated: 2011-12-14 19:50
By Sun Chi (chinadaily.com.cn)
Wang Hui examines a stone sculpture at one of his stores in Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia Hui autonomous region on Dec 9.[Photo/Xinhua]
When the door closes, God opens a window. This sentence has encouraged Wang Hui to lead a courageous life with his hands and perseverance.
Wang Hui is a craftsman of stone carving, who lost his legs in an accident at the age of 4. Overcoming despair, he has learned to walk with a chair, completing his primary and middle school education.
With encouragement from his family, Wang started learning to carve stone in 1989 and gradually grasped the skill. He started a sculpture store in 1993 after overcoming a lot of hardships.
With his successful business, Wang established his own family by marrying his wife, a former pharmacy worker, who now helps the family business.
Today, he owns three sculpture stores and a small processing factory, and even opened up the international market.
Wang Hui and his peers hold a charity sale in Yinchuan, the capital city of Ningxia Hui autonomous region.[Photo/Xinhua]
However, Wang is more than merely doing business for himself. Instead he has always advocated social responsibility. He and the local association for the handicapped co-held a charity sale event and donated some of the earnings after the 2008 earthquake in Wenchuan, Sichuan province. In addition, Wang has been training handicapped and laid-off people free of charge, helping them live on their own. "I hope what I have done can let them live in dignity," he said.