Homelike hostel in Anhui provides sick children with free accommodation

Updated:Dec 24,2019 11:38 AM Xinhua


Children play in the activity area on the roof of a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua] 

HEFEI -- Near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, there is a two-story pink building, which is rented by a non-governmental welfare organization as hostel that provides short-term free rooms and self-help "Love Kitchen" for poverty-stricken families with children seeking medical care. In the "Love Kitchen", water, electricity, rice, flour, grain, oil and kitchen utensils are all available for free use.

In order to make the "Love Kitchen" run more smoothly, parents help each other and participate in the management and cleaning of the kitchen. As the sick children have to live in hospital wards for most of the time during their diagnosis and treatment period, the hostel intended to create an environment different from hospital wards for the children and their parents, providing a heart-warming experience that feels like home.

So far, with 20 rooms and 8 function rooms such as reading room and a psychological counseling room, the hostel has offered free accommodation to more than 300 families. 

A woman and a child have a meal in a room at a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Children play in the activity area on the roof of a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua] 

A child plays in the activity area on the roof of a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua] 

A child plays in the activity area on the roof of a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

A child is seen at a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Children play in a hostel near the Children's Hospital in Hefei, East China's Anhui province, Dec 9, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]