Shi Yuying, 76, from Guangxi Province, China, walks 24 kilometers every day to help her nine-year-old grandson get to school and back home.
The boy suffers from cerebral palsy and it is only thanks to his heroic grandmother that he can get a decent education.
Shi Yuying has been taking her grandson Haowen to school along the mountain trail for four years now. The boy’s father works in another city, and his mother married another, so only the grandmother can take care of the little one.
For the first three years, the elderly woman used a bicycle to transport the disabled person, and last summer the Chinese authorities gave her a wheelchair.
Shi tried to take the boy to the doctor, but the treatment failed and only put the little family in debt.
Nevertheless, the grandmother is sure that Haowen will be able to succeed, despite a serious illness – his intellect is completely preserved, he has an excellent memory, and he is very fond of mathematics.
But every year it becomes more and more difficult to take her to school. “As long as I have strength, I will push it forward,” Shi Yuying said.
The Chinese grandmother does not lose hope that she can find a good school for the disabled, where she can send Haowen.
In the meantime, she alone is fighting for her grandson’s future and continues to cover 24 kilometers on a mountain road every day.