Jiujiang, Jiangxi Province, China
By Yannie Fan
( Edited by Sharon Lee Puttmann)
It was blazing hot, 93 degrees
Fahrenheit, when I got to Jiujiang . The Jiujiang Social Welfare Affairs
Institute was my last stop before taking a break in my hometown, Hefei.
I was impatient and nervous. There was no way to contact any offices of
Welfare Affairs for permission to visit the institute. I had a taxi take
me directly there in the hope that I would be allowed in.
While in the reception office of the institute, I pulled out a train schedule
to plan my trip to Hefei. Ms. Yu, vice director of the institute, dashed
in as I was checking the schedule. I had spread out all of the picture
and letters I had brought in case I would need to meet with personnel
in the reception area rather than the institute itself. Ms. Yu picked
up the pictures and letters and put them back into my luggage. Immediately
she made arrangements for me to check in at the institute, have lunch,
a nap, and then visit the childrenšs department.
Mr. Cao, director of the institute, came in while I was having lunch.
After exchanging some information, he helped me book a train ticket for
Hefei and arrange for a formal meeting with me the following morning.
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