About Migrant Communities


The struggling community

Every year, millions of poor Chinese families trek from their villages to large cities, holding in their hearts a hope for a better life for their children. Beijing itself has over 5 million of such migrants. Such a move is fraught with difficulties and challenges. Migrant family parents work long hours each day, rarely seeing their children. In addition, China’s complex local household registration system disallows migrant families’ access to a city’s basic medical and educational facilities. This nightmare has resulted in millions of poor migrant children stranded in a harsh foreign city – without parental guidance, lacking basic health services and studying in ill-equipped schools with unqualified teachers. A story of the painful poverty cycle is waiting to be repeated…

Agape serves in a poor migrant village with a population of 40,000. Most migrants have low education. In order to meet basic monthly expenses, many labor up to 15 hours every day earning under US$250 per month at jobs such as waste recycling, car repair and construction. They can only afford a 20 square meter cubicle without running water and heating facilities. Life is often difficult through the cold Beijing winters.

Meanwhile, China’s complex local household registration system bars migrant families’ access to a city’s basic medical care. Oftentimes sick children are brought to unlicensed practitioners. What’s worse, the children can only attend local unregistered schools. These schools are often overcrowded and lack qualified teachers.

However, facing daily living challenges, the migrants remain positive and hopeful for a better future for their families.


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