This is a story of two siblings who have long been struggling to escape poverty. They are so very smart and are doing everything they can to stay in school, despite all the odds they are facing. Their family’s story is one of both happiness and struggle.
Gui and her mother
After the mother and father fell in love, they returned back to his Hunan hometown to start a family. They had their daughter, Gui, shortly after their marriage. Three years later, they had her younger brother Lee. Mom worked in the fields while the father worked as a laborer in a construction site. In addition to caring for their children, this couple also had their paternal grandparents and maternal grandmother living with them, giving them a total of seven people to care for. The entire family lived a simple but beautiful life until the day Gui and Lee’s father tragically fell to his death while laying the tiles for a rooftop in the village. Read more.