Young and Abandoned: Orphans on the Verge of Institutionalization (40/48)

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Sun Lu Lu, 11, was orphaned in 1999, and was left to live with her grandmother Li Ru Chun (right, about 70 years old) in Wang Dong Village, Jiangsu Province, China.  The girl's father died from disease in 1998.  The girl's mother had been purchased for a dowry from a family in the western provinces of China and was forced to remarry in 1999, abandoning the girl.  The girl rarely speaks to her grandmother, who is in poor health and cannot provide financial, material, or emotional support for the girl.  ..At the time of these pictures, 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.
Sun Lu Lu, 11, was orphaned in 1999, and was left to live with her grandmother Li Ru Chun (right, about 70 years old) in Wang Dong Village, Jiangsu Province, China. The girl's father died from disease in 1998. The girl's mother had been purchased for a dowry from a family in the western provinces of China and was forced to remarry in 1999, abandoning the girl. The girl rarely speaks to her grandmother, who is in poor health and cannot provide financial, material, or emotional support for...
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