Donations Pour In For Impoverished ‘Frost Boy,’ But He’s Seen Only A Fraction

A little boy from China named Wang Fuman became an overnight sensation after a striking photo of him began making the rounds online. The eight-year-old had trekked a great distance in freezing temperatures to make it to school, and his hair and eyebrows were frozen like icicles when he arrived.

He was dubbed ‘Frost Boy,’ and more details about his situation led to a flood of donations to pour in on his behalf. As the Daily Mail shares, he’s only seen a fraction of that money, and that’s led to a ton of questions as to why that’s the case.

On January 8, Fuman walked 2.9 miles to Zhuanshanbao Primary School in Xinjie Town, Ludian County, and he braved temperatures of nine below while doing so. By the time he arrived, it was clear that he had been through an awful lot just to make it there that day.

The photo helped to drive that point home, and folks everywhere became fascinated with the so-called Frost Boy. It would soon come to light that this wasn’t just a humorous little aside, but rather a microcosm of things that he has to deal with due to his impoverished lifestyle.

Fuman’s home life has been disrupted. His mother has abandoned himself and his father, who works in another city just to make ends meet. As a result, Fuman lives with his grandmother and sister in a bare mud house.

Another photo of the boy shows him with clearly cracked hands, which he explained were the result of frostbite due to helping his grandfather out with some farm work. In that snap, he’s proudly clutching a math exam for which he achieved a score of 99 percent.

There was an outpouring of sympathy for Fuman after his story went public, and donations to the tune of 500,000 yuan quickly poured in to help him and his family out. Folks from all over China donated funds, but the donations were quickly handled by a government-run charity.

Fuman has only received 8,000 yuan, and the public is pressing for answers on why that’s the case.

The Zhaotong Youth Development Foundation released a statement explaining that the funds would be used to help other pupils that were also in less than fortunate situations. While some observers are perfectly fine with that decision, others have taken umbrage due to the fact that the donations were intended for Fuman.

Chen Furong, the head of Ludian Education Bureau, would note that the authority also was concerned about enriching Fuman overnight, as that could have detrimental effects in spite of the good intentions of those that donated funds.

It was also discovered that the school itself was barren of heat, but that has apparently been corrected. Reports indicate that a new heater has been installed at the school.

Additionally, the authority is said to be taking steps to help the boy’s father find work closer to home.

While it sounds like things are going to be a lot better for Fuman and his classmates moving forward, critics are still leery of the fact that the government-run charity is in charge of the funds. The organizations involved have assured the public that they will release information on exactly how the funds are used on their respective websites.

Source: Dailymail
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