Li Jiapeng, a 13-year-old boy from Lyuliang in North China’s Shaanxi Province, is his family’s sole breadwinner after his parents became disabled, giving him a lot more responsibilities on top of school.
Li’s father has a vision disability after being badly injured from a car accident, while his mother has a hearing disability and can’t speak, making it difficult for her to take care of herself, according to China Daily.
Despite all the hardships, Li continues to work very hard for his family.
“I am the only man who can work at home; if I do not pick dates, my family would have no income!” said Li, who has taken care of his parents over the past eight years.
Instead of playing outside with other children his age, Li had to learn how to cook his family’s meal and carry water at the age of 5. Then, at age 6, he began picking up dates, the main source of his family’s income.
However, every year, he often gets stuck up high in the date trees, and unable to come down. As a result, his arms and hands would get covered in bloody marks from the branches of the tree.
Nevertheless, the young boy continues to rely on his youth to support his family.
Despite his family’s struggles, Li remains a top student in his class. Results from his last school examination showed that he was placed as one of the top 10 students, and he has all the certificates of awards hanging up on the walls of his home to prove it.
In a similar story late last year, a 13-year-old girl from Heilongjiang Province fully dedicated all of her time after school to take care of her father, who was left in a vegetative state after a horrible accident.
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