Poverty alleviation programs bring parental love to left-behind children

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Added On June 4, 2020

 In recent years, as China makes efforts to eliminate poverty, a large number of programs have been launched in impoverished regions across the country.

 
Many poverty alleviation programs have brought parental love to left-behind children after their parents find jobs in their hometown.
 
China report has the story.
 
In the early morning, Niu Lijuan, a villager in Gangu County, northwest China's Gansu Province, is preparing breakfast for her two kids when they are preparing for school.
 
The ordinary life was beyond Niu's imagination years ago.
 
Niu Lijuan, 36, works at a local poverty alleviation workshop at Liufeng Township of Gangu County, northwest China's Gansu Province.
 
She is a local but had to work in south China's Guangdong Province since 2008 due to the lack of job opportunities in her hometown.
 
Benefiting from the government's poverty relief programs, in 2018 Niu Lijuan, sought a job at a garment factory within a ten-minute drive from her home.
 
SOUNDBITE 4 (Chinese): NIU LIJUAN
 
"I can work here with a fixed schedule. Working here is different. I can go home every day and live a fulfilling life. Most importantly, it enables me to be with my children."
 
Gangu County has so far set up 52 such workshops in the countryside, employing over 30,000 workers, including a poor population of nearly 1,000.
 
Like Niu, 960 working mothers have returned from large cities to find jobs at these workshops, helping reduce the number of left-behind children in the county by nearly 1,700.
 
As of August 2018, China had 6.97 million children left behind in rural homes by their parents working as migrants in large cities, down from 9.02 million in 2016. In Gansu Province, there are still about 60,000 left-behind children.