Our association is organising a fundraising event at the French Cultural Centre in Beijing that is to be held at the beginning of June. We will display pictures of our students, as well as some of their stories. Here, we give you in advance the testimony of Ma Jing, a 24 years old student currently in her fourth-year of Medical school.
‘Even if it costs a lot, my family really hopes that I’ll be able to continue until master’s degree’
Ma Jing is currently studying medicine. However, her family’s situation is very insecure: her mother is too weak to work and her father, whose left arm is disabled, is supporting the family by selling sheep wool at the local fair.
Ma Jing is the eldest child in the family. She considers it her duty to help her family out of poverty.
‘Higher education offers me the possibility to succeed and change my life’.
Ma Jing is certain that studying will change her life. Even though she chose a long and difficult curriculum, she is perseverant. Her parents are proud of her and encourage her to continue as long as she can, in spite of the financial burden it imposes on the family.
‘I would like to become a general practitioner and work in an hospital’
Ma Jing dreams seem easy to fulfill now that she is already a fourth-year student, but her present situation is still precarious. Indeed, financial difficulties are a real problem for this family already severely affected by illness and disability. Despite all the challenges, Ma Jing is confident about her prospects.