Meet Jia Haixa, a blind man, and his friend Jia Wenqi, a double amputee. Both, aged 53, have planted 10,000 trees in Hebei, China.
They form an unlikely duo - especially for something as physically demanding as planting trees. Jia Haixa and Jia Wenqi embarked on their heart-warming partnership 10 years ago after finding they were unable to secure jobs due to their respective impairments.
Planting trees helps them earn money
Despite their physical setbacks, Haixia and Wenqi have remained utterly determined to live life to the fullest. They also hope to benefit future generations with their environmental efforts.
They are allowed to live rent-free in the 7.5 acre stretch of land along the riverbank that they leased from the local government, which is a great gesture given their poor living conditions
The work requires much patience and the fruits of their labours are not always apparent. But seeing young saplings grow inch by inch is enough to bring both the friends peace of mind
But their good deed is not going unnoticed
A number of generous people have volunteered to help Haixia and Wenqi after hearing their story; one kind benefactor has offered to pay for a surgery that could help restore Haixia’s sight, and another has donated money towards their pensions to ensure they always have a good roof over their heads and enough food to eat.onegreenplanet.org
"We stand on our own feet," Wenqi tells Oddity Central.
"The fruits of our labour taste sweeter. Even though we are gnawing on steam buns, we find peace in our hearts."