Meet Li Congshu. For his students, he’s more than just their teacher. He’s also their boatman.
Every morning, Li walks out of his house at around 7:30 a.m. and treks 20 minutes to the pier. There he boards his boat and rows to the other side of the reservoir where he picks up 13 children waiting with life jackets.
If they were forced to walk to school, it would take these kids 2 hours to get to class. With Li rowing, the trip takes only 30 minutes.
At the end of each school day, Li has to row the kids back home. He’s been doing this every day for the last 10 years — ever since the Three Gorges Dam caused the water level to rise in Chongqing’s Dazu county.
For all his hard work over the years, Li, who has been a teacher for over 30 years, doesn’t get paid extra, though he has earned the everlasting acclaim and gratitude of his colleagues and the parents of his students.
If not for Li, then the parents might have to row their kids to school themselves. That’s the case for families living near the Huilong Reservoir in Sichuan province where the poor state of local transport infrastructure has lead to some heavily calloused hands.
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