Children must know love to show love
This is Wan Shu. She lives with her grandparents while her mother and father work hundreds of miles away in the city.
She dreams of a life where she is surrounded by a loving family. Here’s a drawing she made during a Caring for Life course. It’s called ‘The Home of Wan Shu, age 7’. She’s the one with brown hair, holding her mother’s hand.
But the sad truth is that Wan Shu hardly ever gets to hold her mother’s hand. If she’s lucky, she’ll see her once a year.
In China, an estimated 61 million left-behind children live without parents in remote rural areas. Their parents live and work far away in cities, and most only return home to see their children once a year, at Chinese New Year. Some children are left with grandparents, and others are just left alone. Older children must care for young brothers and sisters, and sometimes for aging grandparents too. Responsibility weighs heavy at a tender age.