Pingxiang Women's Federation in east China's Jiangxi Province have taken multiple measures in recent years to unite the whole society to care for local left-behind children, whose parents have left them to find better jobs in large cities.
Deng Yanfang, a teacher in Changxi Primary School at Baiyuan Street in Anyuan District, established a "1+N" service model for left-behind children with a specific studio, a management scheme, a hotline to connect family members, an activity center and a volunteer team. The idea, enabling communities, schools and societies to join, has been promoted in local elementary and middle schools with the help of women's federations.
Meanwhile, in order to extend the service coverage across the city, the municipal federation highlighted specific projects for such children and have established 136 Women and Children's Home demonstration bases and five Left-Behind Children's Happy Homelands, inputting over 3 million yuan (U.S.$ 441,176).
In addition, officials proactively took over governmental functions of social management and public services, making and integrating the most of authorities' resources to provide left-behind children with services in academic tutoring, psychological consultancy, legal assistance, rights protection, entertainment and other aspects.
Apart from these steps, the Pingxiang Women's Federations has continuously explored various actions to unite the whole society's forces and used charity resources in recent years to target those children's specific demands.
For instance, since 2013, the organization has jointly launched events with local businessmen and has donated around 700,000 yuan (U.S.$ 102,940) to support nearly 140 impoverished children to receive education.
Also, women's federations at every level across Pingxiang have recruited some 1,200 "volunteer mothers" and organized a number of volunteers from other social organizations to benefit left-behind children.
Meanwhile, the municipal federation has made great efforts to enable policies, financial inputs and projects to focus more on rural children, which included related public-welfare campaigns to improve their educational level, cooperating with various social organizations and institutions to protect their legitimate rights and interests and promoting the whole of society's donation.
In addition, a series of impressive brand activities were designed by the Pingxiang Women's Federation to raise the public's awareness to care for left-behind children.
Regarding their lack of family education, which significantly impacts their health growth, officials have launched more than 100 lectures annually to provide parents and guardians with personalized and targeted guidance. Co-hosted with the Pingxiang Education Bureau and the Pingxiang Family Education Research Institute, the campaign aimed to instruct family members to focus on children's mental and physical health conditions and strengthen emotional bonds.
Furthermore, to enrich kids' spiritual lives, the federation has collected some 12,000 books this year and donated them to primary schools in rural areas on Children's Day.
(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)
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