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Red Cross China launches new aid program for migrant children
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21:23, April 30, 2008

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The China Red Cross Society launched its first enterprise-contribution aid program for schools of migrant children in eight major cities on Wednesday.

The program, sponsored by PepsiCo (China) Limited with a one-million yuan (about 143,000 U.S. dollars) budget, is to aid infrastructure construction in eight migrant children schools and cover scholarships for top students.

The eight schools, in eight cities with a large migrant worker population will use part of the donation to renovate libraries and acquire sports facilities. The cities are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Nanchang, Changchun, and Jinan.

"The program blazes a new trail for the Society to carry out cooperation with enterprises to help migrant children with their education expense," said Guo Changjiang, vice president of the China Red Cross Society.

While receiving the donations, Zheng Hong, principal of Beijing's Pugongying Primary School, said he expected the program would publicize such schools.

In China, migrant laborers from rural areas number around 200 million. They are a pillar of the work force, but they face problems including pay arrears, work-place injury compensation, health care and their children's schooling.

Figures from the All-China Women's Federation released in February indicate that 58 million children are left behind in rural China when one or both parents works year-round in the cities.

For those followed their parents to live in the cities, they sometimes face difficulties in affording teaching and adjusting to the environment.


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