FAMILY PARTNERS PROGRAMME | Xingxing’s Story – update
In late 2020, we reported that our Cross Care team #3 met a little girl named Xingxing and her family for the first time. Here’s an update on the family written by Portia Zang, our FPP Lighthouse Manager.
“I remember our first visit to Xingxing’s home two years ago. Xingxing was six at the time, living with her family in a village outside of Changsha City called Wang Cheng.
The family has six members: Grandfather and Grandmother, Great Uncle, Mother and Father, and Xingxing. Both the Mother and Grandmother live with mental disabilities. Her father also has mental health challenges and spends a good deal of time in the hospital each month. Only Xingxing’s Grandfather can interact and communicate with the surrounding community members. On the day we visited in 2020, We saw Xingxing lying in bed watching cartoons. We introduced ourselves but she didn’t have much of a reaction. She just blinked.
“Last October, we had the opportunity to visit Xingxing’s home for a second time. When we arrived, we again found her lying in bed. The outside temperature had become quite cold, but it was too warm inside. Xingxing’s family had bundled her up with five to six layers of clothing. One of our staff quickly removed several layers of clothing so she would be more comfortable.
As we started the therapy session, the change in Xingxing was quite dramatic. At first, she was not willing to take steps. We thought maybe this was because moving about made her feel tired. But after making a couple of rounds in the courtyard, she began to increase her pace. It was almost like she was playing a game! She even began to chase our teacher to catch up with her. Suddenly, Xingxing broke out into a big grin and became very lively. She loosened up and allowed the teacher to guide her throughout the exercise.
“After a while, we took her back into her room and seated her on a small stool. As I began to play some music for her, Xingxing suddenly grabbed the hands of our nearest staff member and started dancing with her! It was a beautiful moment to watch.
Xingxing is a special child. Though some might feel that full-time home care would not be the best option for a child such as Xingxing, visiting their home that day reminded me that a family is still the best place for a child to grow up — it is a place where we see love, hope, and opportunity come together.”
We invite you to continue partnering with us to serve families like Xingxing’s.