34-year-old "Batie" Brother: Wuhan is My Second Home

  Harong, 34 years old, is from Pakistan. After coming to China for school, he stayed in China for work. This year is his 11th year in China. He was living in Wuhan at the time of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei. During this period, he joined a local volunteer team, using more than 100 WeChat groups to contact foreign donations to Wuhan, and took up public welfare activities. Harong was busy when a reporter of Zi Niu contacted him. He said: "There are too many donated materials, more than 110. I am very proud."


The donations from his hometown gave him the idea of volunteering

  "Batie" brother Harong went to China to study in 2009 ("Batie" is a friendly title given to Pakistan by Chinese netizens). After graduation, he became a new product introduction test engineer for Lenovo's global supply chain. In these 11 years in China, Harong has a son, and currently the family of three lives in Wuhan. "Wuhan is my second home, and I love it." Harong told the reporter.

  Harong recalled to the reporter that on February 1st, he saw an article on the Internet that "Pakistan proposed to dispatch battlefield hospitals and doctors to support Wuhan." He also learned that Pakistan donated 300,000 medical masks and protective equipment. He was very excited because this was news from his hometown. He immediately thought that he should also act and do something for Wuhan, his second hometown.

  Harong quickly sent a screenshot of this news to his colleagues from Lenovo, expressing his hope to sign up for volunteer work.

  With the help of his colleagues, Harong found a channel for registration. After training, he became a volunteer and joined a local public welfare organization in Wuhan to start participating in some public welfare activities. Harong has worked in a multinational company for many years and is fluent in both Chinese and English. At the same time, his native language is Urdu. He can be regarded as the "Global Ambassador" among local volunteers in Wuhan. Thanks to the convenience of language, Harong was also arranged to contact some overseas donations to Hubei and Wuhan.


Joint more than 100 WeChat groups and often worked from 8 am to the next morning

  The journalist of Zi Niu News combed some material donors of Harong's screenshot and found that Harong contacted some foreign friends and many domestic cities. For the materials of the donors and the recipients, Harong has created up to several hundred documents. Some of the file names are marked in English, and most of them are marked in Chinese.

  "When I first started volunteering, I was a little nervous. I got used to it slowly." Harong told the journalist of Zi Niu News. At the beginning, he was just an ordinary volunteer. After working for more than a week, he was familiar with the relevant links, so the volunteer team asked him to led a small team to communicate with donors and recipients. "Being a volunteer is based on my own thoughts, so when I do it, I try my best and want to be perfect." He said.

  At the beginning, medical supplies in major hospitals in Wuhan were in short supply. Harong worked with local volunteers in Wuhan to understand which hospitals in Wuhan were lacking, then communicated with the donors one by one, and then connected one by one. For the domestic donations that his team is responsible for, Harong is involved in the whole process without hesitation.

  When he was busy, Harong worked fourteen to fifteen hours a day, working longer than normal days. So far, he has assisted in completing a set of communication for more than 110 donations. Because some donors have a large time difference with China, Harong often has to get up early or stay up late.

  Harong told the reporter that as a volunteer for more than a month, he joined more than 100 WeChat groups, which meant that their volunteer team had contacted more than 100 donors and recipients. "As for how many donors I have contacted, it is really impossible to calculate. The amount is relatively large, and no accurate statistics have been made." Harong said. He also made a request to himself that he couldn’t rest until the day of things were completed.

  There are a total of 83 volunteers in the team of Harong. He is the only foreigner in the team. The only foreign volunteer also serves as the team leader and lead seven or eight college student volunteers.


Learned Chinese cooking because "Wuhan is my second home"

  Nowadays, medical supplies in Hubei and Wuhan are no longer as scarce as before. Among them, in addition to the guarantee of resumption of production and rehabilitation of medical enterprises, there are countless unselfish volunteers like Harong who are contributing their strength.

  Harong said that in the more than a month he has connected with major hospitals, he has personally felt that Wuhan has been developing in a better direction in all aspects. As volunteers, they can also breathe a sigh of relief. Harong told reporters that now he deals with only seven or eight issues a day, and shifts to his own work the rest of the time.

  Regarding Harong's performance, the director of the local volunteer service team in Wuhan said his biggest feature is "perseverance": "Harong doesn't talk too much, but he is very positive. The most important thing is that he is particularly persevering." Harong, who came from a technical background, is not an easy task to distinguish various types of donated materials, summary forms, and prepare customs clearance materials in various languages, but he solved them one by one.

  According to reports, the period of volunteer service is generally two weeks. After that, many volunteers will gradually withdraw from the volunteer service team due to personal work reasons and adjustments in life (such as some companies starting cloud office on February 10). But from February 4 to the present, Harong has been working at full capacity for more than a month, and is one of the longest working members in the volunteer team.

  Because Wuhan's community is still closed, after finishing work at home, Harong will follow the online recipes to learn how to cook. Now he can cook a lot of dishes, as well as many Chinese specialties.

  "Wuhan is my second home, and the experience of being a volunteer has also helped me a lot." Harong told reporters with a smile. For the Chinese, this second home is the second hometown.

  Harong entered Beijing Institute of Technology(BIT) in 2009 for a master's degree, majoring in electronic information and communications. After graduation, He joined Lenovo Group as an engineer. His wife is also Pakistani. After graduating from Wuhan University with a master's degree, she currently teaches in a middle school in Wuhan. They have a lovely son, 4 years old. A family of three lives in Wuhan and lives happily.

  "After I came to Wuhan, I found that I liked it very much. Its pace of life may be slower but very distinctive." Harong said that his biggest hope now is that the epidemic will end as soon as possible and everyone's life will return to normal. And what he wants most is to go back to his hometown to see his parents.

  A colleague who works at Lenovo told Zi Niu News reporter that before this, Harong was a good young man who was enthusiastic about public welfare. He often participated in activities to visit and help orphanages, and also participated in volunteers at local museums."Because of this, when he was fighting the epidemic in Wuhan, he immediately thought of signing up to become a local volunteer. In addition, he also performed very well in his work." This colleague Harong told the journalist of Zi Niu. .

News Source: Yangzi Evening News
Editor: News Agency of BIT
Translator: Zhong Yikai, News Agency of BIT