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One Childrens Center

One Childrens Center


Provide educational centers for orphans and children who are left-behind in the countryside while parents live and work in big city factories or as migrants.


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Project Details

  • Project Description:

    In China, orphans have no resources to support themselves or to go to school. In addition, a new class of 'orphan' has been created as millions of parents leave their children “at home” in the countryside while they go to work in the big cities and factories. 70 million children in China are left in their rural homes while parents live and work in another part of the country. They are usually left with relatives, often elderly grandparents who have little education.These 'left behind' children are virtual orphans who grow up without the guidance of loving parents. 

    According to the China Women’s Federation, a Communist Party advocacy group, about one in five children (70 million) in China have not seen one or both of their parents for at least three months. Nowhere else on earth do so many children live largely on their own. Here is a June 1, 2016 CCTV news update on the “left-behind kids”:

    Left-behind children experience loneliness and sexual abuse, and juvenile crime rates are rising. A survey of left-behind children’s mental health showed that there are psychological and emotional problems caused by leaving children behind including: feelings of vulnerability, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, and pessimism. Apart from their parents, children display a reduced interest in learning, are apathetic to ethical concerns, and have security problems. These children want love, attention and care.

    This project provides an education for orpahns and left-behind children. The safe education centers are staffed with caring adult supervisors and teachers. 

    Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

  • Cultural Information:

    In Chinese traditional culture, you do not have a family until you have purchased a home. People will leave and ignore their family in order to work and save to buy their own home.

    Many migrant parents believe they are fulfilling their duty to raise their family’s standard of living. Income sent home helps pay for better food and education, and some workers save enough money to build a new home in their rural village. It is common for both parents to leave home together, leaving their children behind, since they can save faster by both taking jobs in the city.

    An NGO survey of rural boarding schools reported that China has 11 million elementary students and 22 million junior high school students in rural boarding schools, 60% of which are left behind children. The children in rural boarding schools are on average 6-10 centimeters shorter than other children their age and weigh 3-9 kilograms less. They live in dormitories which are crowded, dangerous, and smelly, affecting the children’s mental health. 63.8% of the children in the rural boarding schools report loneliness. 

  • Geographic Information:

    The children’s education centers are established in rural villages and in urban areas where there are large populations of orpans and migrant workers. About 110 million children have migrant workers for parents, with 70 million of these being left behind at home, while the other 40 million migrated with their parents. Because orphans have no resources to take care of themselves and parents and grandparents are unable to take care of left-behind children, many of these children are placed in boarding schools. But this is only those who can afford it. 


Hope For Left Behind Children


  • Amazing Results

    OneLife's One Children's Center project in China provides commuinity centers ...
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Help support a school for orphans and left-behind children. 

  • $12 per month - sponsors one child
  • $10 per day – provides 3 hot meals for one child
  • $12 – provides 8-week character course for one child
  • $10 – provides one backpack full of school supplies
  • $10 – provides one hygiene/sanitation kit
  • $200 – provides school fees for one child for one year       

You can also donate by check

  • Write check to IMB
  • Include project name on memo line

Mail to:

OneLife – IMB

PO Box 6767

Richmond, VA 23230

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  1. Pray that children will not be deeply affected by absent parents. 
  2. Pray that children will be protected from sexual abuse by adults in their rural communities.
  3. Pray that children will receive their character and values from the Bible.
  4. Pray that parents will value family harmony.

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