11-year-old Xiaowen is no ordinary girl, as her aspiration is to be a taekwondo coach. Every morning she studies on her own, with a hope to get into university. In the afternoon, she undergoes intensive taekwondo training with a coach. The reason why Xiaowen now has such a precious opportunity to pursue her dream is very much down to the unfailing support she receives from Yunnan’s Jiaxin Children Centre.
Xiaowen came from a single-parent family. She had to live with her aunt after her father passed away. Relationship with her aunt intensified as Xiaowen performed badly in her studies, which further drove her to gang up with street kids. Later she was referred to stay in Jiaxin Children Centre. Yet her low self esteem haunted her so much that Xiaowen left the centre to become a street child. Fortunately Jiaxin’s workers did not give up hope on her, instead, they had a lengthy counselling with Xiaowen and discovered her passion for taekwondo. They sent Xiaowen to a vocational institute to receive formal training, alongside with her academic study.
Xiaowen admits that the training is very tough, ‘My legs are so sore that I can’t even walk.’ Despite this, she never quits. Seeing her teammates receiving yellow and green belts has not discouraged Xiaowen. Rather, ‘I will work to my best, and one day I will win a black belt like my coach. Then I will teach other children to protect themselves.’
Xiaowen trains very hard in order to become a taekwondo coach.
From wandering in the streets to settling at Jiaxin Children Centre, Xiaowen wears a natural shine of confidence and contentment on her face.
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