The story of a male teacher from a Henan university who has raised almost a million yuan to aid more than 2,000 poverty-stricken students has made waves online, with netizens praising his compassionate deeds.
According to Zhengzhou Evening News, Zhang Xiaohui, who was born in the 1980s, came to teach at Henan university’s German language department in 2005. After learning about a student who took to sleeping during meal time to avoid hunger, Zhang felt a strong impulse to do something to help the more needy students.
Shortly afterwards, he wrote a donation proposal for poor students at his university on his blog and gave out a months salary as starting capital. The proposal immediately gained lots of supports from netizens, who sent him their donations. As the donations continued to pile in, Zhang widened his focus to include impoverished students nationwide.
As he only received a small salary while reading for his postgraduate studies, so he took to moonlighting as a personal tutor and interpreter to earn additional money. In addition, he also volunteered at schools in remote rural areas several times.
Zhang told reporters that he kept the records of all donations received and made them publicly available, reassuring netizens that their money was safe. He has carried out his activities for the past nine years and has in contrast to other charitable organisations earned a great deal of trust.
“Every dream needs irrigation, every child needs love. The children are the future. Helping each other is the best way to achieve this future,” said Zhang. He added that the students’ thirst for knowledge is the reason he has persisted in helping them for almost a decade.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Zhengzhou Evening News]