This is the story of a girl who lives in Anhui province where NCLS Support Education team will go next Spring. She has not seen her migrant worker parents for eight years (yes, it is years, not months), but is determined to study hard, pass college entrance exam and go to college, buy a big house for her parents and transform her village to a city where parents can find jobs so there will be no more ‘left behind’ children growing up without parents.
She has competed in a speech contest. I guarantee that you will be amazed and moved by her beauty, grace, intelligence, idealism and resilience.
BBC News: China’s ‘left behind’ children: 1 October 2012,
For many people in China, the mid-autumn festival and National Day holiday, falling within days of each other this year, means a week off work and a chance to spend time with friends and family.
But for millions of China’s migrant workers, this is a working week like any other.
Many of them have young children back in their villages and do not see them for months or even years on end.
One Beijing organization, the All China Women’s Federation, estimates there are some 58m of these “left behind children”.
This is the story of just one girl, Tang Xiaoqian from Anhui province in central China.