Young and Abandoned: Orphans on the Verge of Institutionalization (1/48)

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Zhao Min (female, 9, grade 3) stands near her and her brother's backpacks and certificates for good work in school in her family's house in Qingdun Village, Gangyun County, Jiangsu, China.  Zhao Min has lived with her brother Zhao Shi (male, 6) and grandparents Sun Zhan Xia (female) and Zhao Xia You (male) since 2007 when the children were orphaned in 2007. The children's father, Sun Zhan Xia's son, died of hepatitis in 2006 and their mother was forced to remarry and abandon the children in 2007.  Sun Zhan Xia and her husband are both over 60 and in bad health.  The couple owes approximately 40,000 RMB (about $5,300 USD) to pay for the medical treatment of their dead son, the children's father.  Due to their health situation and this enormous debt, the pair cannot afford to care for the children any longer, and the children are in danger of being placed in orphanages.  ..At the time of the picture, China's Amity Foundation charity, was investigating the family's situation in preparation to raise money to financially support these children and other orphans in similar situations.  With Amity's support, each orphan, aged 6-12, would receive approximately 1,400 RMB annually (about 200 USD) to pay for the cost of living. Amity works to keep children out of the institutional orphanages in China, preferring to provide monetary assistance that can help maintain a family environment for the orphans it helps.
Zhao Min (female, 9, grade 3) stands near her and her brother's backpacks and certificates for good work in school in her family's house in Qingdun Village, Gangyun County, Jiangsu, China. Zhao Min has lived with her brother Zhao Shi (male, 6) and grandparents Sun Zhan Xia (female) and Zhao Xia You (male) since 2007 when the children were orphaned in 2007. The children's father, Sun Zhan Xia's son, died of hepatitis in 2006 and their mother was forced to remarry and abandon the children in...
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