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Building a better future for Chinese migrant children

“KidStrong” Program

In China the Air Liquide Foundation provides support for the Shanghai Roots & Shoots KidStrong program, an initiative designed to provide basic educational and medical support in schools for Chinese migrant children.

Marginalized Chinese migrant children

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.

Providing an educational and medical support

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 involvement of the Air Liquide Foundation and Air Liquide employee

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.

Kidstrong Program by Shanghai Roots and Shoots

PROJECT IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: Shanghai Roots and Shoots
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Year of support: 2015
  • Air Liquide sponsor: Qiumei Hua, E&C Asia Zone, Air Liquide Global E&C Solutions Shanghai