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Homeless Man Bringing Up Girl He Found Abandoned In A Bin

14/08/2014 17:02 | Updated 20 May 2015

Homeless man bringing up girl he found abandoned in a bin

A homeless man is bringing up a girl he found abandoned in a bin when she was a baby.

Xiong Jianguo, 50, found the girl – who he has called Yanyan - seven years ago in Nanchang City, in China's southeastern Jiangxi Province.

They now live beneath an underpass, and despite their difficult circumstances Jianguo is teaching Yanyan to read and write, reports Chinese news.

Describing the moment he discovered her, Jianguo said: "I guess she was one of those children that was born to a family who didn't want a girl.

"I had lifted the top off the rubbish bin and was looking to see if there were any plastic bottles I could sell to recycle when I heard a baby. She was in a box in a blanket and I was absolutely stunned.

"She was so helpless that I bought a bottle and fed her, and I just knew then that I wanted to look after her and raise her. No matter how hard it is, I intend to make sure that I raise her until she is old enough to stand on her own two feet."

Despite being barely literate himself, Jianguo has enlisted the help of other homeless friends who have managed to teach the girl to read and write and understand basic maths. She has also learned numerous poems and sagas she recites to other homeless people under the bridge.

Jianguo said: "She is really bright, she learns very quickly. Life here on the streets is not easy, but she never complains."

The pair earn enough money to live from recycling, and then together sit down to read books and study under the street light. Despite admitting she often does not have enough to eat, Yanyan said she's happy.

She told reporters: "Whatever happens, every year on my birthday which is the day dad rescued me I get a small cake, and a trip to a photo studio so that my picture can be taken when I get a birthday present, and so I can have a memory of the day."

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