As an increasing number of residents, who live in less- developed areas, have left home to work elsewhere in recent years, caring for the left-behind children (whose parents have left home to work elsewhere) has become an issue that has generated much concern.
The final of the competition of children's psychological health themed comedies recently concluded in Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan Province. The Psychological Counseling Center for Hunan Rural Left-behind Children, also called "Intimate Friends' House," hosted the event. More than 500,000 residents watched the comedies.
Hunan Women's Federation and Hunan Women and Children's Development Foundation in 2014 implemented the Project of "Intimate Friends' Houses" in Hunan Province. During the past few years, more than 100 "Intimate Friends' Houses" were established in different cities and regions in the province. Approximately 150,000 left-behind children, whose parents have left home for work, have benefited from the project. The houses have promoted the promulgation of the regulations pertaining to the help of and the care for rural left- behind children.
Nearly 450 contestants participated. Several psychologists and leaders of Hunan's departments of education, finance and civil affairs, the Hunan Committee for the Well-being of the Youth judged the final. The comedies, performed by workers of women's organizations and teachers and students of several middle schools (in different regions in Changsha), earned entrants first-, second- or third- place prizes. Zhuzhou (a city in Hunan Province) Women's Federation and seven other organizations received prizes for their excellent work in organizing their employees to participate in the competition.
Lu Meixiang, Vice-President of Hunan Women's Federation, told media the project provides a platform for social workers to care for rural left-behind children. She called on individuals and organizations to offer a helping hand to the children.
(Women of China)
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