The story of one rickshaw puller…

In 1987, a 74-year old rickshaw puller by the name of Bai Fangli came back to his hometown planning to retire from his backbreaking job. There, he saw children working in the fields, because they were too poor to afford school fees.

Bai returned to Tianjin and went back to work as a rickshaw puller, taking a modest accommodation next to the railway station. He waited for clients 24 hours a day, ate simple food and wore discarded second-hand clothes he found. He gave all of his hard-earned earnings to support children who could not afford education.

In 2001, he drove his rickshaw to Tianjin YaoHua Middle School, to deliver his last installment of money. Nearly 90 years old, he told the students that he couldn’t work any more. All of the students and teachers were moved to tears.

In total, Bai had donated a total of 350,000 yuan to help more than 300 poor students continue with their studies. In 2005, Bai passed away leaving behind an inspiring legacy.

If a rickshaw-puller who wore used clothes and had no education can support 300 children to go to school, imagine what you and I can do with the resources we have to bring about positive change in our world!



Filed under Citizen Responsibility, culture, India, Personal, Poverty, Provoke

13 responses to “The story of one rickshaw puller…

  1. Touching and Inspiring indeed. Thanks for sharing.

    • InnerDialect

      You are welcome Sfurti, blogging is a nice place, one shares real secrets, and its a wonder for me, each time I see a comment. Blesya

  2. Please spare a few moments to read through some stats:
    • There are nearly 1 billion people in the world that don’t have clean, safe water.
    • The women and children that collect water spend approximately 40 billion hours getting it.
    • This detracts from their ability to do other work, or get an education.
    • It takes $20 to supply one of these people with a clean water supply.
    • Each dollar spent provides an economic return of $12.
    • Not least because of the drop in medical care and infant mortality.
    • Can you spare a single dollar for this campaign to bring clean water to 50,000 people?
    • That’s less than a third of the price of a cup of coffee.
    • All money goes to providing water not to admin costs or profit.

    Please see:

    If you can’t spare a single dollar, please pass this message on to others who might.


  3. Tarika

    I think this is really relevant for each one of us. Often people who don’t vote grumble about how their votes don’t count. But really, each one of us CAN make a difference only if we believe.

  4. really very touching story… thanks for this post

  5. Touching and inspiring both..

  6. Am so touched with the way Bai Fangli did what he did.
    Hats off to him
    Trully ashamed that I never wven thought of doing anything!!!!

  7. UR

    Such a touching story!

    • InnerDialect

      It is, and gone viral too…. just a lil guy on a rickshaw. Good work shouts to the skies, it never dies, it cannot

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