This amazing man named Huang Dafa spent 36 years carving a 10-kilometer water channel into 3 sheer, rocky cliffs. Even after several failures, he persevered, and people called him a fool for his efforts. He is now a celebrated figure in his community at the ripe age of 82, according to Inhabitat.
Dafa was sneered at when he first suggested cutting into a mountainside cliff in Caowangba within China’s Guizhou Province with hand tools. Locals called him a foolish man. They thought he might be crazy. He is now compared to the legendary figure, Yu Gong, whose determination was so profound, it caused the Gods to move mountains for him.
Dafa’s first attempt to create a mountainside irrigation channel failed, but it did create a tunnel through the mountains making it easier for people to travel.
He realized that he needed more knowledge to complete the project successfully, so part-way through he abandoned his efforts temporarily after finally having compelled some fellow villagers to help him chip into the mountainside. He left to study engineering.
When he returned in the early 1990s, with a more meticulous plan, he was able to convince some villagers to help him try again . Workers often slept in mountain caves to finish the carving, high above and away from their families.
Huang and the villagers started from higher elevations and rappelled down the mountain this time. They were farmers using only rudimentary tools. Some reported that their legs, “melted” from the hard work.
Dafa couldn’t even get to his own daughter and grandson’s funerals who died while he was working on the project, but the plan worked.
The irrigation channel cut into a mountain-face now supplies 1200 people in his own small village with water, and three others that just happened to be along the 10-kilometer channel. His village can now grow more than 400,000 kilograms of rice every year, too. And to sweeten his success, the town now has electricity and a new road which came due to his efforts.
His ambitious project began in 1959 and required 36 years of hard labor to complete, but his village is now thriving, and he is a local hero instead of a fool.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)