17% of Male Prison Inmates Used to Be Left-behind Children
The results of research on criminality and left-behind children conducted over the last three years by Zhang Dandan, an assistant professor at the National School of Development of Peking University, have been released. The scholar has been permitted to visit a male prison in a city on the eastern coast of China in order to conduct her research. The pool of participants involved includes 1200 inmates of this prison, and the researcher continuously spent nearly three months with her students in order to conduct the interviews and collect all the data. Initially, Professor Zhang did not focus on the area of left-behind children. However, after conducting a preliminary examination of …read more
“Keep the Children Company” Project to take care of left-behind children
Rapid economic development throughout China has created a rich-poor gap, forcing millions of workers to emigrate from rural areas to the cities. This has caused millions of children to be left behind in rural areas under the care of relatives, mostly grandparents with little education. In order to help these children, a project called “Keep the Children Company” has been started in Leyun Village, Dazhou City, Sichuan Province. Thanks to this project, a “home” has been set up where left-behind children can do their homework, play chess, read books and play games. A group of “mothers” who can take care of the children has also been found. They have four main …read more
27 institutions establish joint working system for left-behind children
A joint working system was established to take care of left-behind children by pooling efforts of 27 institutions, according to a document released on the official website of Chinese government.
Three ministries begin a general investigation on left-behind children
The Ministry of Civil Affairs(民政部), the Ministry of Education(教育部), and the Ministry of Public Security(公安部) are jointly starting a general investigation on left-behind children.
If Everyone Could Take a Small Step Forward
Project officer Ma Lingling tells us two sad stories on disadvantaged children and their teachers. She calls for empathy and genuine efforts from project officers to understand the difficulties faced by the people they serve and empower them.
Liu Feiyue’s Family Photos for Left-behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to Gansu Province to shot family photos for the left-behind children when their parents return for the Spring Festival.
Li Keqiang: never let left-behind children become a source of pain for their families
During the executive meeting of China’s State Council held on the 27th of January, it was decided to strengthen the care and the protection offered to “left-behind” children in rural areas. The premier of the State Council Li Keqiang expressed his wish that left-behind children should not be allowed to become a source of pain for their families and society. ”China has witnessed a special kind of development with both splendid gains and severe problems”, Li said. “On the one hand, a large number of migrant workers from the rural areas have made great contribution to the rise of China’s economy and urbanization. On the other hand, thousands of left-behind …read more
“Little Sycee” phone app encourages private charity
On January 16th, the Beijing Yuanwang Charitable Foundation (北京圆网慈善基金会) unveiled its mobile phone application Little Sycee (小元宝) during the fifth “Yuan Plan-Fruitful Holiday”（圆计划-圆满假期）launching ceremony of a thousand volunteers in Beijing. The application, for the first time, allows individuals, especially the 120 million Chinese people who frequently donate, to establish and run their own charitable foundation through a Little Sycee account. Users can manage their donations through the “Foundation Management” function and spearhead or browse charitable initiatives or funding opportunities in “Launch Good Deeds” and “Browse Good Deeds” . The app also provides a “Lucky Wheel” function where users can exchange their charitable points for coupons. One of Little Sycee’s unique …read more
Chinese Civil Society: the Top Ten News Stories of 2015
CDB’s list of the top ten news stories in the NGO sector from the last twelve months
The Left-Behind Children of Longnan
In March and April of 2015, photographer Liu Feiyue went into Longnan, Gansu Province twice for his visual profile series on left-behind children. CDB has re-published the photos and translated their captions with the permission of the photographer.
Trailer of a VR documentary on left-behind children released at Davos Forum
On September 10th, the UN, China Development Research Foundation (中国发展研究基金会), and Caixin Media (财新传媒) jointly released the trailer of the Virtual Reality documentary Kindergarten in a Mountain Village (山村里的幼儿园) during the Summer Davos Forum. The premiere of the full documentary is expected to be on October 21st at the Fourth Children and Anti-poverty Conference (儿童与反贫困大会). It will be the first ever VR Documentary in China and the fourth VR documentary by UN. During the Summer Davos Forum, the UN also showed their first VR documentary Cloud Over Sidra concerning the Syrian refugees. The documentary focuses on the opportunities and challenges of solving the left-behind children problem in China. It was …read more
Second public welfare summit on left-behind children held in Shenzhen
The second public welfare summit on left-behind children was held by Nanfang Metropolis Daily (南方都市报) in Shenzhen yesterday. It was co-hosted by Southern Media Group (南方报业传媒集团), the Department for Children of All-China Women’s Federation (全国妇联儿童工作部) and China Family Education Society (中国家庭教育学会). Nanfang Metropolis Daily started an initiative, named “Dream Action for Left-behind Children” (留守儿童圆梦行动), in 2009 to improve the living conditions and mental health of left-behind children, and in 2014 it held the first public welfare summit on left-behind children. The summit mainly focused on two topics: how to use legal methods to solve the problem of left-behind children, and how to establish social assistance system for them. Chen Xiaoxia, …read more
Two left-behind children murdered in Bijie
Two “left-behind” children were murdered in their home on August 4 in Bijie, Guizhou.The two victims were a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy. Bijie is already well-known in China as being the location of the recent tragic suicide of four left-behind children in June, this year. This had already roused mass public interest in the problems facing the millions of children left at home while their parents look for work in urban areas.
Liu Feiyue’s Village of Left Behind Children
Photographer Liu Feiyue travels to one village in Gansu to document the lives of the “left-behind” children who live there.
By Our Side: A Visual Profile of China’s Left-Behind Children
CDB has republished and translated Liu Feiyue’s photo series on left-behind children called “Childhoods of the Left-behind children” (留守的童年).
Discussion panels on NGOs helping left-behind children
Following the recent tragic Bijie incident, three discussion panels have been held by the social enterprise Yuan En Space focusing on how different actors in China can join forces to help left-behind children.
Yuan En Space Roundtable on China’s Left-Behind Children
Earlier in June, four children committed suicide in their own home in Bijie, Guizhou. The tragic incident has brought public attention to the problems facing China’s “left-behind children”. CDB staff attended a roundtable event that discussed solutions.