Most of the visually impaired people living in China work at massage parlors. Every day, they would wait for guests to arrive. The hourly rate for massage is $60 RMB ($9 USD). If they are the owner, after deducting rent and living expenses, it’s hard to know how many customers are needed daily to support themselves. Students with good academic performance can be admitted to the University. In addition to learning massage, they can also learn acupuncture, Chinese medicine, pediatric massage therapy, general education, English, and other courses.
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After graduation they have a lot of options and most can get a stable job in a hospital. Rainbow Project began in 2011 to assist visually impaired students with financial difficulties to attend college. Since then, six graduates have started working in hospitals in different provinces, thus improving their quality of life.
One of the visually impaired students we know recalled the initial feelings of university aspirations:
“It seemed like it was just yesterday when I started studying in the University, and now it won’t be long until it’s over. During this time, I’ve experienced many mixed emotions, and soon there will be only our parting tears left. And after that we will no longer be able to sit in our classrooms with our teachers. Perhaps it is in such a mood that some memories become unforgettable. For example, we had countless talks at night in our bedrooms about ‘When I first arrived at the University’ and other similar topics. These talks always end up in silence mixed with sighing over our journey here.
Sometimes I wonder why I came to this university. In regards to our group, not attending a University can cause us to stress over our careers. For that very reason, I initially didn’t want to attend the University. My family and I had a lot of debate about this, since I grew up and lived together with my grandparents.
My grandfather is very patriotic and traditional, and my grandmother’s teaching style is one that involves the use of wooden rod. So since I grow up, I understand what ‘civil and military education’ is. The result is I am now a junior studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Massage in the Department of Special Education at Changchun University.
Back in high school, I felt reading literature was not as interesting as Han’s articles. Doing math problems was
not as meaningful to me as playing with a Rubik’s cube. In short, I was reluctant to follow the path set before me to study hard enough to enter into a university. In the end, it was the sorrow I saw in my grandfather’s heart as he lectured me, and seeing my grandmother hopelessly cease making an effort to spank me that I finally decided to compromise. In my senior year of high school, I began to work very hard in order to make up for the hole I’ve previously dug myself in. Needless to say, I ended up paying for my sins through sweat and tears.
By the time I got into the university I knew better than to not work hard. University is not a place to learn carelessly, but it’s a place to learn very important and useful things. Not only do you learn a professional career, you also learn different points of view and ideologies. University life is rich and colorful such that you can impact the community in the simplest ways. You can experience an enriching campus life environment in which there are so many things to enjoy and appreciate. But in reality it is still a school. It is very fascinating and you have to experience it first hand to know what it feels like. In fact it’s just that the University is full of memorable things. I don’t know what would have happened to my career if I insisted on not going to college. Maybe things would have been better, maybe things would have been worse. That’s not the important part, I only know that I am very happy and feel extremely enriched now about the choices I ended up making, and at the very least, I’m now able to support my family.
My grandparents have sacrificed a lot before they do not have to labor with my ability to support them in their daily living.”
We only need to raise US$1,000 to help cover the tuition cost of one visually impaired college student for one year so that they have the chance to improve their quality of life. If you are willing to support visually impaired students from Mainland China, please send an email to email@example.com, or call (206) 734-7000, or send a check to Rainbow Missions, PO BOX 1526, Renton, WA 98058.
我們只需籌1,000美元，就能幫助一位視障大學生一年的學費，讓他們的生活有改善的機會。若你願意支持中國內地視障學生上大學，請電郵聯絡 firstname.lastname@example.org 或致電 (206)734-7000 或把支票寄往 Rainbow Missions, PO BOX 1526, Renton, WA 98058，請註明「助學計劃」。