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An old man and his young helpers
老人與愛心打掃的學童

Schoolchildren in Yilan County’s Wujie Township on Aug. 4 help clean the house and yard of an elderly man surnamed Huang.
學童們八月四日協助宜蘭縣五結鄉的黃爺爺清掃家裡和後院。

PhotoS courtesy of the Huashan Social Welfare Foundation
照片由華山基金會提供

86-year-old Grandpa Huang lives all by himself in a remote seaside area of Yilan County’s Wujie Township. Because he has dementia and osteoporosis, he can barely take care of himself. Until recently, his house was covered with thick layers of dust and greasy stains and the floor was very grimy. On August 4, the Huashan Social Welfare Foundation asked 10 schoolchildren from Lize Elementary School to put their summer vacation to meaningful use by rolling up their sleeves and helping Grandpa Huang clean his house.

Grandpa Huang is unwell and his mind is sometimes clear and sometimes less so, which all makes housekeeping very difficult for him. Social welfare groups have been involved in caring for him since 2010, relying on social workers to keep him company and chat with him every day to alleviate his dementia. On Aug. 4, schoolchildren from Lize Elementary School visited Grandpa Huang to help him clean his house. The children wiped and scrubbed the floor and walls assiduously until the grimy kitchen and dusty floor were spotless.

A rare smile appeared on Grandpa Huang’s face as he patted the children on the shoulders to express his gratitude. The foundation’s Li Pei-chen said that this summer vacation assignment would definitely leave an indelible impression on the children and be much more rewarding than staying at home playing video games.

(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)

八十六歲黃爺爺獨居在宜蘭縣五結鄉偏遠的濱海地區,患有失智症加上骨質疏鬆,生活難以自理,家裡佈滿厚厚灰塵、油垢,地板也黏答答的;華山基金會八月四日請利澤國小十名學童捲起衣袖,幫忙黃爺爺打掃家裡,度過有意義的暑假。

黃爺爺身體不適,意識時好時壞,清理家裡對他來說非常困難。二○一○年公益團體介入照護,靠著社工每天陪伴聊天、舒緩失智症情況。八月四日利澤國小學童前往黃爺爺家中,協助打掃。孩子們認真洗刷地板、牆壁,將原本黏膩的廚房及佈滿灰塵的地板,清理得乾乾淨淨。

黃爺爺露出難得的笑容,拍拍學童的肩膀表達感謝之意。華山基金會的李沛溱表示,這份暑假作業比起在家打電動,絕對讓學童們印象深刻且收穫更多。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. roll up one’s sleeves phr.

捲起衣袖;準備工作

(juan2 qi3 yi1 xiu4; zhun3 bei4 gong1 zuo4)

例: He rolled up his sleeves and began cleaning the machines.

(他捲起衣袖,開始清理機器。)

2. alleviate v.

舒緩;減輕 (shu1 huan3; jian3 qing1)

例: We are here to help alleviate the pain of your breakup.

(我們是來幫你減輕分手之痛。)

3. assiduously adv.

認真的 (ren4 zhen1 de5)

例: I always read my comic books assiduously.

(我總是認真看漫畫書。)


(自由時報記者朱則瑋)

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