Jobless couple raise 10 homeless kids as their own

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A couple in a village in South China's Guangdong province has devoted themselves to 10 adopted children, even though they are both jobless and the husband has a walking disability, the local Guangzhou Daily reported Friday.

The big family. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]

The big family. [Photo/Guangzhou Daily]

The couple, both in their 30s, take care of eight girls and two boys, who are between 3 and 17 years old, and their own 2-year-old son. They live in a rented three-story building, which cost them 1,200 yuan (US$180) a month, in a remote rural area in Guangdong.

The big family has been living on their savings and other people's donations.

The mother was deeply touched by a book that portrays the good deeds of a Western nun in 1998. Since then, she has been interested in finding homeless children. In 2005, she took her first step in setting up the big family by adopting her first child in Chongqing.

After that she came across a man named Zhang Zhongliang on the Internet. Zhang suffered from a walking disability after an illness at the age of 23. The two later got married, but with her condition that Zhang must accept her adopted child, which was just fine with him.

The education of the children was carried out by the couple themselves in an American-style homeschooling.

The father, who studied traditional Chinese medicine, and the middle school graduate mother teach the children about how to be a good and diligent person, in addition to the normal lessons including Chinese, mathematics, music and English.

The children start their lessons at 9:00 am every day. Lessons in the morning include Chinese, music and English. They would also have 25 minutes to do housework during the morning session. After taking dancing, calligraphy and painting lessons in the afternoon, they have plenty of time to play.

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