58 million is a number that is almost incomprehensible. This massive number reflects the amount of children in China that have been left behind by their parents. If that is only in one country, imagine how many Left Behind Children there are around the globe. With their parents off in the cities, the lives of many Left Behind Children in the rural countryside have become close to a nightmare.
Melinda Liu, the Bejing bureau chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, has dedicated research and writings to highlighting the serious outcomes faced by Left Behind Children in her article. She states, “Some become juvenile delinquents at an early age. Others are insecure and reclusive. Still others fall victim to sexual abuse. These left-behind kids grow up in rural villages without much contact with their parents, who work in China’s cities and often delegate child-rearing duties to grandparents or other relatives.”
In her article, Liu describes the heartbreaking separations between parents and children, and in some cases, a young child will go years without seeing his or her parents. These absences will inevitably cause disorder in the lives of many youngsters.
Global Children’s Vision had the exciting opportunity to host a booth at the 2013 North Shore Business Expo in Danvers, Massachusetts. The expo hosted over 100 exhibitors and more than 2,200 attendees. Prominent companies in today’s business world such as TD Bank, Verizon Wireless, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and The Boston Globe exhibited at the business show. The day was spent spreading awareness about Left Behind Children, sharing GCV’s mission, and networking with business professionals from around the Boston area. The GCV booth also featured a business card raffle, in which one lucky winner had the chance to take home a Nook.
Many attendees connected with GCV’s vision and were eager to learn more about our work. The expo was an excellent opportunity to get the word out about the issue and our organization. GCV hung with the best of the best in the business world and was proud to participate in the largest business expo north of Boston.
Gordon College’s newspaper, The Tartan, shares the story about GCV and its founders. This editorial piece is a great addition to co-founder and President Cheng Qian’s video which shares about her founding experience.
My favorite line in this piece? Its a quote from co-founder Becca Berman: “It’s easy to sit back especially during college and feel like you can’t give it your all,” Berman said. “It’s been incredibly challenging to balance everything, but at the end of the day, you have to be the change you want to see in the world. There are so many children around the world – if we don’t advocate for them, who will?”
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Global Children’s Vision will hold a booth at the North Shore Business Expo, the largest expo north of Boston. It will be held on March 5th, 2013 at the DoubleTree in Davners, MA from 8am to 4pm. We will be giving away a NOOK color and accessories. Come join us!
If you are looking for a way to see into the lives of the left behind children but are unable to make the long trek to China, luckily there is a documentary out that can give you just that. The Hong Kong documentary, “Children Left Behind,” provides a look into the lives of children who are living without their parents by their sides. It details the changes and difficulties that the left behind children go through while their parents are away, and also gives the kids a chance to speak about how they feel about their parents being gone. One thing that is very striking to see in this documentary is that though all of these children are experiencing the same thing, many of them react in very different ways. Some are very driven to succeed despite the absence of the parents, while others become downtrodden and unmotivated. The differences are intriguing, and it is interesting to see how these children handle their situation in such a variance of ways. Visit this link to look at the full documentary to learn about left behind children here.