Such a deformity in China is considered an enormous burden, and up until recently there were no privately run homes for the disabled in the entire country. One such home is where the child was left, established in January by Chen Fuqiao.
“I want to teach them how to help themselves, more or less, and give the better ones a chance to work,” Chen says.
The hurdles are high for people such as Chen who are trying to help the disabled live more normal lives. The Communist Party in control of China remains suspicious of group efforts that are independent of the state, says Meng Weina, a pioneer in caring for China’s disabled.
Meng is Catholic, and says her work is inspired by Mother Teresa.