Huang (center, left)
On Sunday (Sept. 1), local media outlets reported that a female student surnamed Huang lived in a tiny ramshackle hut only 7 ping (one ping equals 3.5 square meters) in size in Chiayi County's Lucao Township, and had no desk of her own, usually opting to study under a tree. However, she studied so diligently that she succeeded in passing the admittance test to National Chia-Yi Girls' Senior High School.
When interviewed by the media on Sunday, Huang said that her greatest wish for starting school was to have her own desk. After being moved by her story, Taiwanese Education Minister Pan Wen-chung donated a brand new desk to her that same day.
Nguyen (left) (CNA photo)
According to EBC, Huang's mother, surnamed Nguyen, is an immigrant from Vietnam. She married a Taiwanese man over a decade ago and had two children.
However, her husband passed away many years ago, leaving Nguyen with the heavy burden of caring for her son and daughter alone. Nguyen has since made ends meet by doing odd jobs at an orchard, where she only makes a little more than NT$10,000 per month.
After learning of the plight of Huang's family in the news, kind-hearted people have just donated a 6-meter-long container house. After having received approval from her landlord, the family's matriarch will have the container home erected next to her current modest dwelling.
VNF ( Taiwan News )