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Left-behind children regain strength

By Jiao Meng (

15:38, November 23, 2011

Fifth grade student He Ping reads a book entitled My Nagging Mom in a Cuncaoxin home for left-behind children in Wangjiang Village of Jintang County outside Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province. It is one of 20 centers provided for children of migrant workers in the county. (CnDG by Jiao Meng)

In a Cuncaoxin (meaning "Mother's Love") center for left-behind children in Wangjiang Village, outside Chengdu in Sichuan Province, ten year-old He Ping sits at a table reading books. Typically, she spends several hours everyday after school there.

Over 1,790 children in Jintang County have been left behind by their parents who migrate to urban areas seeking work. Most migrant workers rely on the elder generation to foster their children while they earn income to support the family. Over 58 million children in rural China must grow up without guidance from their parents, according to a 2009 survey by the All-China Women's Federation.

He Ping, the daughter of migrant workers who only return once a year during the Spring Festival, lives with her grandparents in the village. She said when she misses her parents, she goes to the Cuncaoxin home to play with friends.

"When I miss them, I come here and play with my peers then I feel better," He Ping said.

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