A woman in China managed to save 30 children who were abandoned and living on the streets.
Xiaoying Lou, 88, lives in Jinhua, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, where she recycled garbage for a living. She and her late husband, Zin Li, who passed away 17 years ago, kept four of the children and let friends and other family members take care of the rest.
“The whole thing started when I found the first baby, a little girl back in 1972, when I was out collecting garbage. She was just lying among the junk on the street, abandoned. She would have died had we not rescued her and taken her in,” said Ms. Lou. “Watching her grow and become stronger gave us such happiness, and I realized I had a real love of caring for children.”
Qilin Zhang, her youngest child, is now seven. Lou found him in a dumpster.
“Even though I was already getting old, I could not simply ignore the baby and leave him to die in the trash. He looked so sweet and so needy. I had to take him home with me,” she said.
Caiying Zhang, her only biological daughter, now looks after the abandoned babies.
Xiaoying Lou is now suffering from kidney failure.