As a result of several factors, rural, ethnic, marginalised and disabled children are often left behind and don’t benefit from national welfare.
In order to target vulnerable children in rural areas, Plan International China operates Community Child Development Networks (CCDN) in 87 communities across 6 provinces. These are community-based platforms for delivering integrated services to the most marginalised children.
Xin, 12, is in a similar position to many of her classmates. Her parents go to cities work for long periods of time and can only visit their families once or twice a year.
Xin walks for half an hour from her boarding school to her house each Friday. She says, “I have to stay with my grandparents and do some housework.”
Since Plan International China introduced a CCDN in Xin’s village, she spends lots of time there during the holidays and weekend, playing games with her friends, reading books, and doing homework.
Nana is a disabled girl who has a problem with her right leg. Her disability and lack of encouragement from family members made her introverted and shy.
Nana and her Mum finally decided to attend activities held in the centre each weekend following conversations with Plan International China staff.
In order to avoid discrimination towards Nana from other children in the centre, staff members designed games where children were able to understand what it is like to live with a disability.
After getting the encouragement and taking part in activities at the centre, Nana has become more positive and has been elected as a member of the centre’s Child Committee.