The name “Xiaolong” usually pertains to a person with high agility. Unfortunately, this is not the case for our Xiaolong who has been living at the Xining Children’s Home for 13 years where he is anything but agile. Xiaolong has cerebral palsy. His condition induces a contracture in the lower limb muscles and joints causing both legs to bend inwards. Thus making standing up and walking difficult. This may be one of the reasons why he was abandoned by his parents when he was 4 years old, which led to his admittance to the Xining Children’s Home.
Over the years, Xiaolong has become strong and independent. Despite the inability to move around normally, we were able to figure out with him a way to independently do his daily routine which includes dressing up, taking a shower and eating. This has greatly boosted his self-esteem making him even more confident. However, there are times that his insecurity resurfaces whenever he sees kids running around and play freely in front of him. These are the very moments that he is reminded of the limitations of his condition.
In his second year at the children’s home, he went through a tendolysis surgical procedure to improve his level of mobility with a subsequent extensive rehabilitation and training. The efforts paid off as he is now able to walk with the aid of a walker and can even move around in the children’s home by holding the rails. According to him, “Perhaps my parents didn’t have the means to take care of me, which is why they had to let me go. But I am thankful for all the things the kind-hearted people and staff at the children’s home have done for me.
Xiaolong has kept a keen interest in literature and arts and dreams to be an orator someday. He hopes that through his story, other people with a similar experience would take on life challenges positively. He also hopes to raise awareness among the general public about people with disabilities, seniors and other people in need.
Xiaolong did not let his physical limitations stop him from reaching his full potential and like the care that has been given to him we are fully committed to providing the best care and services to orphaned and kids with disabilities to help them realize their talent and become happier and stronger individuals.
Your help in partnering with Christian Action has given this young man a better life and your continued support will enable us to serve others like Xiaolong now and in the future.