I think she’s pretty popular with the locals.
10 years ago, the Chinese village of Ci Fu was hurtin’.
A very poor area with bad roads, no medical care, and not a single computer — it was the perfect recipe for a bad situation in Ci Fu, a village that nearly 2,000 people call home.
Hello, Ci Fu. Images by D J Clark.
Qin Zanchun moved there for a reason.
A struggling village doesn’t seem like the #1 pick for a recent graduate, but it’s where Qin decided she needed to go.
Hello, Qin Zanchun.
As explained in a beautiful video by D J Clark, Qin and the people of Ci Fu had something in common.
Like many in the village, Qin grew up in poor health and was constantly sick as a kid. She knows the struggle.
So she did something about it. She went to medical school, got her degree, and instead of taking a job in an established area with money to follow, she showed up in Ci Fu.
She became the village’s only doctor.
It wasn’t a glamorous life, you can say that much. She walked long distances on terrible roads every day to care for the villagers — many of them elderly.
Her salary for one month was just 30 yuan, about $4.83 … for an entire month!
But she stuck with it and kept going because it was important to her.
10 years later, Ci Fu is a much different place.
A much-improved place! The village now has concrete roads that connect it to more places, rural health insurance, and computers. And it’s a healthier community overall. Dr. Qin has a new health center too (and is definitely getting paid more).
It’s a heartwarming tale of helping those in need in a place that surely would have continued to struggle.
You can’t make progress if you’re not healthy.
Go, Dr. Qin!