Welfare house director dedicated to improving children's lives

(chinadaily.com.cn)| Updated : 2022-10-22

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Yang Shouwei looks after a child. [Photo/Dazhong News]

Yang Shouwei, deputy chief of the Weifang Children's Welfare Institute in East China's Shandong province, bid a tearful goodbye to another child who is going to embrace a new family. She gave her heartfelt blessing to the "little angel" and wished her a happy childhood.

After saying goodbye, Yang set out to provide rehabilitation guidance for families of disabled children across Weifang. She will use her professional expertise to help them handle life's troubles and live with greater hope.

Her knowledge has been accumulated over 22 years of experience looking after children with disabilities.

Yang began her nursing work at the welfare house at 29.

She has since become a "mother" to more than 1,000 kids. Most of them are seriously ill or disabled. Just one-third of the more than 100 children in the house can eat on their own. It is not easy to understand how hard it is for her to overcome the challenges she faces here.

Eager to provide adequate care, Yang studied for and earned certificates proving her qualification to be a nursing assistant for orphans and disabled children, senior nursery instructor, nutritionist, and rehabilitation health practitioner.

No matter how busy she is, Yang always spares time to learn about the latest trends in her industry. She has even invented devices that can help children who need for special assistance, such as those with cerebral palsy.

Yang was recently elected as a delegate to the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.