Smiles of Happiness in Anhui Province

May 16, 2016

In March I had again the wonderful opportunity to join Heart to Heart of a fieldtrip. This time to Shanghais neighboring province Anhui. Over a period of 4 days we visited four local schools where we donated books for their libraries.  And we to see the homes of nine children who had received a life saving heart surgery in Shanghai some months ago.

My little contribution was again to take portraits of the families and have them sent back in prints to their home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The families in Anhui  live a very poor and basic life. Their "lifestyle" is a million miles away from what we know in Shanghai and around. Most are farmers and are usually ok to survive - but life is really reduced to  surviving. And as soon as a family member falls sick the family starts to struggle with the cost they are facing to receive treatment.  

 

 

This is why the surgeries are not just a medical blessing. Once the children are ok many of the financial worries go away, too 

The visits to the families are an additional blessing where a team of around 20 people deliver donations of clothes, toys, household items directly into their homes. 

 

 

At the end of a visit, each family receives also a "hong bao" with money additionally donated by everyone who joined the trip.  The money helps the families to pay for school fees, buy food or enables them to pay off some of their debts which they needed to take in order support their sick child.

 

Thank you Jovelyn, Michael and Leah

as well as

Sabina, Stefan, Sofie and Lena

for sharing your happy memories with me.

Your 20% contribution from your photoshooting went direct into these hong baos!

 

Another "Circle of Happiness" is complete!

 

 

Would you like to see more from the field trip? Just click on this slide show and you will get to the documentary


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