Xuyi paralyzed man offers voluntary teaching for 20 years
2018-05-08 17:20:00


(Photo source: wenming.com)

On the riverbank of Hongze Lake in Jiangsu Province lies a little room of 10 square meters, where Ye Haitao, paralyzed in bed, often tells the story of physicist Stephen Hawking to children, holding a primary school Chinese textbook in hand.

He often needs to hold a 3-kilogram blackboard all day in order to help the children with their study, when his hair, eyelashes, and chest are all covered by chalk dust. Although he is paralyzed and could only move his neck and hands, he has kept tutoring with amazing tenacity and love for more than 20 years, having helped over 400 kids in his village.

To be a teacher has been a long cherished dream for Ye since childhood. He actually got admitted by the Huaiyin Normal University in 1993, but he was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis the next year. His family spent all the saving for his treatment, but he was paralyzed in both legs and couldn’t live by himself then. That made him in huge despair.

When he was paralyzed in bed, some villagers invited him, a college student, to teach their kids. After several years, more and more children came for Ye’s help. In 1998, he organized a voluntary classroom right in front of his sickbed and offered group tutoring to the children for free.

With the local government’s help, Ye renovated his tutoring classroom in 2015. In 2017, he was selected as a “National Good Samaritans,” an award released by the Central Office of Spiritual Civilization Development Steering Commission. He said, “all I want is to help as many children as possible in my limited life, so they can go and see the outside world on behalf of me.”

Contact us at english@jschina.com.cn

Source:jschina.com.cn Editor:Nicky