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Migrant worker helps more than 60 kids go back to school

(People's Daily Online)    17:27, February 24, 2016

Yan Zhanhong is a migrant worker who earns 3,000 yuan a month. With such a low pay for each month, he not only pays tuition fees for his daughter, but also has helped more than 60 children deprived of education go back to school.

Yan set up the Zhanhong Benevolent Fund and is honored with the China Poverty Eradication Award, the highest award in the field of poverty eradication in China.

In 1992, Yan and his families left his home in Zhouxi township in Yangzhou and went to the urban area of Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu province. Back to those days, the priority of their life was to send their daughter to a primary school in the city. They tried every means to collect money for enrollment, but still needed 500 yuan. Without a better choice, Yan knocked on the door of the office of the headmaster. After learning what had happened to Yan, the headmaster said that Yan's daughter could receive education without paying enrollment fees.

"I have been grateful to this headmaster for admitting my kid to school. At that time, I made up my mind to repay his kindness by assisting other students who need help, " Yan recalls.

Yan is a temporary plumber and electrician at a credit cooperatives branch in Jiangdu district of Yangzhou. His monthly salary was only four or five hundred yuan at the beginning. 

In order to help more kids with the tuition fees, Yan has done three jobs a day for 14 years. From 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., he rides a tricycle to collect empty gas canisters; from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., he works for at the credit cooperatives branch; from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., he sends the gas canisters to homes; after that, he works as a gatekeeper for a securities company. 

In the 14 years, Yan has supported more than 60 poverty-stricken kids. Every year, he spends more than 6,000 yuan to help the kids.

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