Zhao Xia You stands in his house in Qingdun Village, Gangyun County, Jiangsu, China.  He and wife Sun Zhan Xia care for their two grandchildren Zhao Shi (male, 6) and Zhao Min (female, 9) who were orphaned in 2007.  The children's father, Zhao Xia You's son, died of hepatitis in 2006 and their mother was forced to remarry and abandon the children in 2007.  Zhao Xia You and his wife are both over 60 and in bad health.  The couple owes approximately 40,000 RMB (about $5,300 USD) to pay for the medical treatment of their dead son, the children's father.  Due to their health situation and this enormous debt, the pair cannot afford to care for the children any longer, and the children are in danger of being placed in orphanages.  ..At the time of the picture, China's Amity Foundation charity, was investigating the family's situation in preparation to raise money to financially support these children and other orphans in similar situations.  With Amity's support, each orphan, aged 6-12, would receive approximately 1,400 RMB annually (about 200 USD) to pay for the cost of living. Amity works to keep children out of the institutional orphanages in China, preferring to provide monetary assistance that can help maintain a family environment for the orphans it helps.
Zhao Xia You stands in his house in Qingdun Village, Gangyun County, Jiangsu, China. He and wife Sun Zhan Xia care for their two grandchildren Zhao Shi (male, 6) and Zhao Min (female, 9) who were orphaned in 2007. The children's father, Zhao Xia You's son, died of hepatitis in 2006 and their mother was forced to remarry and abandon the children in 2007. Zhao Xia You and his wife are both over 60 and in bad health. The couple owes approximately 40,000 RMB (about $5,300 USD) to pay for the...
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