Supporting migrant youth


November 23, 2011

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Millions of Chinese continue to migrate from rural areas to cities in pursuit of a better life.

In 14-million-person Chengdu live an estimated 100,000 migrant children. When they arrive with their families they face not only academic challenges but social ones, too, as they try to adjust to a very different lifestyle and an unfamiliar place. Among other things, this can lead to a profound loss of self-worth.

Mercy Corps is helping hundreds of migrant youth in Chengdu cope with these changes.

This summer, we ran camps at three schools for migrant children in Chengdu modeled on our program in 2008 that helped youth affected by the Sichuan Earthquake deal with the grief and trauma they experienced. It uses sports and games to build self-esteem and teach resiliency, communication, teamwork and trust.