“Going to school isn’t hard. My classmates told me my hair was completely covered in snow and then I made a face at them,” said Wang Fuman, the boy who touched many hearts for trekking to school in freezing colder weather on Jan 8.
Wang’s father, Gangkui, a 28-year-old migrant worker, is the only wage earner in the family. He supports the family with a monthly income of over 2,000 yuan ($307).
The family also raises two pigs as an additional source of income. After school, Fuman is in charge of attending the pigs.
After the boy’s story went viral, the family received many calls from warmhearted people across the country, wanting to offer the poor family a hand.
The father didn’t refuse the help. “I gave them our address and my phone number. I really appreciate their help,” he said.
The boy, who is good at math, said when he grows up, he wants to become a policeman to catch bad guys, or a scientist.
The family will move into a new house built by the local government soon. They said the new one is much closer to the school.
Like Wang, many children in the rural areas of Zhaotong, Yunnan Province, are impoverished.
On Wednesday, local provincial authorities and a youth development fund launched a program to provide winter clothes to Wang and other children in the area. About 100,000 yuan (about $15,000) of charitable donations has been sent to Wang’s school and other nearby schools.
Each of the 81 students at Wang’s school received 500 yuan as winter heating allowance.
Wang became known by more people after a picture of him with his hair covered in ice after hour-long walk to classes in freezing temperatures was widely shared on social media.
Wang had walked 4.5 kilometers (about 2.8 miles) from his home to school when his teacher took that now famous photograph.