Retrospect: China

By James Addis, photography by World Vision staff

“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter,” poet e. e. cummings once observed. It’s a philosophy that 4-year-old sponsored child Chen Shengfa seems to have wholeheartedly embraced. He laughs … and laughs … and laughs, despite living in tough circumstances. Chen comes from Luchun County, populated by ethnic minorities and identified as one of the poorest in the country. Nevertheless, child sponsorship assists more than 3,000 children in the county, bringing a host of benefits such as improved schools and community health clinics. Sponsors also are helping families acquire better skills in rice production, animal husbandry, and tree planting. Such initiatives bode well for Luchun—and provide plenty of reasons to keep Chen laughing.  

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