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Teacher doesn’t have arms, still teaches poor children in a remote village

Jiang Shengfa, 41, teaches poor children in a remote Chinese village where other teachers won't work. Oh, and he has no arms.
Jiang Shengfa, 41, teaches poor children in a remote Chinese village where other teachers won't work. Oh, and he has no arms.
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Jiang Shengfa, 41, lost both of his arms in an electric shock accident back in 1996.

But for the past 12 years, Shengfa has taught poor children Chinese language in a remote southern village in China, according to the Daily Mail.

Shengfa, a substitute teacher at Anle Primary School, specifically teaches children from the Chang’an Village in the Yunan Province, where “young people refuse to work and live,” according to the Daily Mail.

“The village is very poor. No teachers are willing to move here,” the teacher told the Daily Mail. “All young and educated people in the village are leaving to find work elsewhere. I see the children might lose the rights of education.”

So Shengfa walks five miles to the school each day so he can instruct these village children, according to Yahoo! News.

Still, it’s not an easy task for the teacher. Shengfa has to strap chalk to the ends of his arms and use his mouth to open books, the Daily Mail reported.

But through the strength of his family and students, Shengfa perseveres.

“My life hasn’t been easy, but have I managed to survive and now I have a life that I enjoy,” Shengfa told Yahoo! News. “One of my strengths comes from all the good people around me — my students, my family and everyone else.”

Click through the slide show below to see more on Shengfa’s teaching ability. More photos are available here.

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Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at hscribner@deseretdigital.com or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.