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China

The Challenge 

With the rapid economic development and urbanization, a large number of Chinese farmers moved to cities, leaving their wives in the villages to take care of the elderly and their children, and work the farm. The educational level of the women is low therefore they could only earn a living by farming instead of actually improving their living conditions. As for the children who suffer from resource shortages, they cannot go to school and develop comprehensively.

47 million left-behind women are farming and taking care of the elderly and their children in villages.

The left-behind women cannot improve their lives with a low educational level.

1.1 million children in remote areas are out-of-school according to the figures released in 2002

 


 

Our Response

 

Early Childhood Care & Education

Livelihood Education for Women

 


 

Case sharing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s wonderful to participate in different dance performances although we don’t make big money. I believe we can go further. The Homemaker Centre let us learn and most importantly, changed our lives. We are encouraged to pursue a better life!”  

To improve the employment environment for the left-behind women, AEA established two Homemakers Centres which provide learning spaces, livelihood education, mutual support group activities and cultural events such as dancing and baking. They can acquire new skills so as to enhance their competitiveness and self-development.

As one of the participants, Shi Xiaorong formed a dance team with other women and made it into a career. Now Shi Xiaorong is not only a dancer but also a baker. AEA pushed for a cooperation between a large textile factory and a women’s club last year by funding and coordinating with the stakeholders. 48 rural women could be trained in sewing skills and 37 of them could work in textile factories, without leaving their families or working the farms. A monthly income of from $1,000 to $1,800 would be helpful for them to reintegrate into the community.