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Tibetan woman lives to help others

By Palden Nyima and Daqiong ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-02-21 09:48:03

Tibetan woman lives to help others

Nyima Pantok takes in Nyidrol, an abandoned girl, as her own daughter. [Photo by Palden Nyima / China Daily]

Some young people refuse to take in their own elderly parents today, but Nyima Pantok chose to foster a helpless older woman for 17 years, and 10 years ago took in an abandoned girl as her own.

Nyima Pantok works as a sanitation worker in Lhasa, capital city of the Tibet autonomous region.

Her name in the Tibetan language means being beneficial and helpful like the sun, and people around her say her name is fitting. They speak highly of her generous contributions, although her job is not a highly valued one in Lhasa.

Tibetan woman lives to help others

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Tibetan woman lives to help others

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"She is a kindhearted woman, and she always takes the interests of the whole into account",says Basang, one of her colleagues.

"Although she had an accident in the past, and she is afflicted with gallbladder and heart disease, she always helps others," he says.

In 1996, when Nyima Pantok was 26 and unemployed, she adopted a 62-year-old named Tsering, an orchard keeper in Tibet's Daktse county 30 kilometers away from Lhasa. Tsering was childless, and had been living alone in the orchard since the death of her husband, Nyima Pantok says.

"I consider meeting the lonely older woman to bean arrangement of fate. It is not fair to leave her alone after meeting her," says Nyima Pantok, now 43.

The older woman made a living by collecting fruits in the orchard and selling them in the market.

"Bad kids often came to steal her fruits, so there weren't many left," she says.

The hard situation made Nyima Pantok think of her deceased parents. She decided to adopt the old woman without any hesitation.

When her charge suffered from diarrhea, she often cleaned the bed without hesitation. When the weather became cold, she often rubbed and massaged Tsering's feet.

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