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  • 1. Volunteering in China With Fairworld Travel a jointStudents in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Social Enterprise
  • 2. The Issue• China’s production lines and construction sites rely on an army of low-wage migrant workers.• The workers travel from rural areas.• China forbids these workers from putting down roots under a system of household registration, known as the hukou.
  • 3. The Issue• Around 252 million Chinese (2011) left the countryside and migrated to the cities. • a number equivalent to two thirds the population of the United States and four times the number of people who emigrated to American from Europe over a century.
  • 4. The Issue• The hukou, the city household registration, was developed to keep the rural poor from swamping the cities.• Without hukou, migrant workers do not get – social benefits – They have difficulty sending their children to school.
  • 5. Migrant’s Children• China has about 20 million children of migrant workers living in the cities.• Xu Ling, a teacher in Zhangjiagang, wrote a popular novel about them – Floating Flowers (Xiwang de Huaduo, Xiwang Publishing House, 2009) One of the Top 10 childrens literature works since 1949
  • 6. Migrant’s Children• Xu says: “Students from the countryside are very sensitive and fragile psychologically. They look strong and tough… but actually break down easily.”• … “But they are only children and they need happiness and encouragement as they are growing up.” [Ibid]
  • 7. These Children are very poor
  • 8. How you can help Fair World Travel (FWT) a social enterprise set up with Sheffield SIFEFWT is developing volunteer programmesin China and Africa.
  • 9. How you can help• Liu Zhen – Jane – is from Beijing and she is setting up these links for us. – She is a Sheffield University PhD student.• Jane & FWT are working with the Dandelion Schools & the Chinese Red Cross to set up volunteer programmes in China.
  • 10. How you can help• The Dandelion School has an established volunteer programme – they work with Duke University in the USA.• Sheffield can help too!
  • 11. The Benefits• The benefits of volunteering are great – It is immensely rewarding – You make genuine connections with people – Volunteers keep returning to volunteer again & again – The Dandelion volunteer programme is established with various opportunities for volunteers
  • 12. The Benefits .Jane can help with the Beijing Reception.To help you find your way around Beijing andmake the most of your visit. Can help make your Chinese experience unforgettable.
  • 13. A Dai Village? Where else would you like to go in China? Xishuangbanna?Jade DragonSnowMountain? Shangri La? Lijiang?
  • 14. Please consider volunteering during your stay in China The FWT website is at WWW.Fairworld-travel.comWe will post more information aboutvolunteering on this website –Or you may contact f.birkin@shef.ac.uk