It was Friday, and classes were over. While many of his classmates were ready to hang out, Feng Molin made his way to the headmaster’s office, to collect the donations from some good Samaritans who were helping him out.
The boy then rushed to the grocery store to purchase a large package of dried noodles and Chinese cabbage. Carrying the heavy sac of food and other donations, as well as his schoolbag, Feng went home in a hurry, where he had two hungry mouths to feed.
Feng Molin is a 13-year-old boy from northwest China’s Shaanxi Province who has melted many peoples’ hearts with his filial piety. He has taken care of his blind parents for nine years since his father lost the sight.
For Feng, life has never been short of misery. His mother has been blind since childhood, while his father lost his sight in 2006 after suffering acute meningitis. The family has since then lived on subsistence allowances from the government, and the then 4-year-old Feng had to start looking after his disabled parents. Cooking, cleaning, and even doing farm work, these are the daily routines for this schoolboy.
Feng transferred to the central school of Yanmen town far away from his home during the second year of primary school, after the village school was removed. This move required him to live on campus during schooldays.
Since then weekends have become even more exhausting for Feng, as he has to return home to do the cleaning work and prepare all the food, firewood of the next week for his parents. Following all the necessary household work, Feng would sit down to complete his schoolwork.
Feng’s story was broadcast on a news program of CCTV, and touched the hearts of many who offered to assist the strong-willed boy. One man even offered to adopt him and send a nanny to take care of his parents.
Feng received the donations, but rejected the adoption offer. “Staying with my parents is my greatest joy,” he said, “I will work hard to create a better future with my own hands.”