Often described as a "floating population", the families that migrate from the Chinese countryside to Shanghai are highly marginalized and exposed to unsafe living conditions. Personal hygiene issues as well as eyesight, dental and nutritional problems represent real barriers to the health and development of their children.
In 2013, a study carried out by Shanghai Roots & Shoots revealed that 30% of migrant students were near-sighted, while the vast majority required dental care. The goal of the KidStrong program by Shanghai Roots and Shoots is to teach children healthier hygiene habits while providing them with basic dental and eye care. The association is now active in six migrant schools in Shanghai, where it serves approximately 4,800 migrant students.
The Air Liquide Foundation supports the efforts of Shanghai Roots and Shoots in Magiao, a school for migrant children located in a Shanghai suburb. It can accommodate approximately 1,000 students. The Foundation provides essential support by funding eye exams, corrective eyewear, reading lamps and dental care. The Foundation also helps improve children's daily hygiene habits by providing educational workshops to teach them proper hygiene practices.