Gansu Homeward-Bound College Students Care for Left-Behind Children

August 16, 2019
Editor: Wei Xuanyi

To respond to the call of the program of caring for children launched by the All-China Women's Federation and care for rural left-behind children and disadvantaged children across Gansu Province, the Women's Federation of Gansu Province had arranged the activities related to family education and caring for children.

The province's women's federation worked with the province's department of civil affairs and league committee to organize the student volunteers to study and live with the rural left-behind children and disadvantaged children.  

Many college students have participated in the voluntary activities when they go back to their rural hometowns in Gansu in the summer vacation. The students not only increased their life experience, but also learned more about the left-behind children in rural areas.

"I hope I can use my knowledge to give guidance to children living in mountainous rural areas, helping them set their goals and change life through learning," said Wang Xihong, a college student participating in a voluntary activity for rural left-behind children in summer vacation in his hometown, Zhangxian County, Northwest China's Gansu Province.

It was the first time for Wang to participate in the summer voluntary activities. In his previous holidays, he earned some money to support his family through a work-study program.

This year, he wanted to spend some time with the children, studying, playing, and living with them.

"In my hometown, many parents migrated to cities for work, leaving their children with grandparents. But senior villagers can't help with children' study as most of them didn't go to school when they were young," said Wang.

Wang Huan, a college student at China Women's University, also took part in a college-student, poverty-relief voluntary activity in which she worked as a teacher for left-behind children.

"I had less than six hours of sleep every day, but when I arrived at school, I still felt energetic. All the student volunteers worked hard, and that made me feel happy," Wang Huan added.

College student Hu Liangxia worked on the work of poverty alleviation in the Sanyou Village, Dacaotan Town in Zhangxian County. "I saw members of the poverty alleviation team diagnose diseases for impoverished villagers and take care of left-behind children. I learned about things and people I never knew before, and more importantly, I benefited a lot," said Hu.

"In the future, I will take every opportunity to return home in summer vacations to do voluntary work, shouldering my responsibility of caring for children, and serving society and the country. I want to teach the children in my hometown what I have learned outside," Wang said resolutely.


(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)


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