COVID-19  China Project #53886

KidStrong - Personal Health for Migrant Children

by Shanghai Roots & Shoots
KidStrong - Personal Health for Migrant Children

In the autumn semester of 2022, we continue to do the work of health and hygiene education and provide services for the migrant children on our project. From September to November, we did optometry checkups for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students of the project partner schools. Totally, 869 students received the checkups. 

We also provided teaching video for parner schools' teachers to teach puberty health lessons to the 3rd and 4th grade students. The lesson included what girls and boys would experience during the period of puberty, and what hygiene issues they should pay attention to, so that they would feel relax and know what to do when they face these body changes.

We provided personal hygiene and health lessons to the first grade students. As the lowest grade students, they more urgently need support to form good hygiene and health habits. We designed a serial of lessons for both the parents and the students to learn.

hygiene lesson
hygiene lesson
Puberty health lesson
Puberty health lesson
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Knwon by the world, Shanghai experienced a two month lockdwon from this April to June. Actually students in Shanghai started learning from home as early as mid March. KidStrong recognized several important needs that migrant children have  and acoordingly initiated activities to help migrant children keep mental and physical health during the lockdown.

Activity 1: On line quiz on personal hygiene methods to help migrant children battle COVID. 

Invite migrant students of KidStrong partner schools to participate in the on line quiz to win the prize. 

Activity 2: Fun games to protect eye sight

Encourage the migrant studnets to do the games to protect their eye sight and have fun while learning from home. Please find the playing game video via links below: 

1) paper aircraft 

2) fly ring

3) shoot letters

4) hit balloon

Activity 3: Talent show in lockdown

Instruments, games, and drawings that the migrant students played at home during lockdown. Please see the video via link below: 

Activity 4: On line parent-child eye sight protection workshop

Experts communicate with migrant parents and their children to answer eyesight and prescription eyeglasses related questions. 

Activity 5: Food delivery

The lockdown plunged many migrant students' families into a dire situation. Confined to their small apartments, the students' parents had little or no income without a job while prices for necessities such as food had increased significantly. Upon hearing about the food shortage problems, KidStrong responded immediately by organizing food drives.

Please see the migrant families' responses on food delivery via link below: 

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China has been battling with Omicron since the beginning of 2022. The epidemic hit Shanghai hard in the month of March and onward. Our efforts to help protect some of the most vulnerable people - children of migrant workers living in Shanghai continued, particularly in COVID control. We created a series of animated videos explaining the virus, ways of transmission and how to protect oneself from getting infected. As the virus evolved, we had to respond with more caution. Supplies of sanitizers and masks were provided for the students and teachers to use. 

We understand that it is equally important for the students to stay mentally healthy in the COVID era. We organize parent-child book reading contests not only to encourage the students to develop a passion for books, which they will appreciate when they are not able to go to school, but also to create an opportunity for the parents to bond with their children during the COVID lockdown. Each participating family is asked to shoot a video of family reading time or a role-play of a story they like.

As we continue to battle COVID, we learn to be adaptive of the ever changing situation and creative with the ways we interact with migrant students to better prepare them for the challenging time.

We thank you again for your steadfast support. We look forward to sharing with you more program updates soon!

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In the autumn semester of 2021, the TeenStrong project organized two sessions of self-portrait therapy with 5th graders at two partner migrant schools in Minhang District. This activity was designed to learn the students’ thoughts and feelings through self-portraits named “My ... and me”. This theme allowed the students to describe themselves and their connections with the world. 

Some students drew people around them, like their parents, good friends, and teachers; some drew things like books, toys, and pets; some chose more grand and abstract concepts which include their hometowns and their futures. 

The students had a sharing and group discussion when they finished their drawings, which made them know each other better. Using pieces of pictures, students talk to others about some feelings or topics they normally would not like to share. The most amazing part was students introduced their individual pictures to the whole class. Some students were passionate, some students were shy and their stories were touching. A student deeply missed his hometown since he has not been back for nearly three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic; several students said they wanted to be doctors in the future. This pandemic brought lots of changes to students’ lives.  Volunteer facilitators also encouraged some students who were not confident about the future.

Children form their own images and their personalities during puberty. We brought an active attitude to the students through self-portrait and effective communication. Finally, we presented a cartoon book named “Half Hour Cartoon Puberty”. We hope that they could further learn more about puberty through this book. 

While the 5th graders were participating in the self-portrait activity, the 3rd graders watched the puberty class video. After the class, every 3rd grader received a beautiful notebook to write down their happiness and sadness in the special stage of their lives.  


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Shanghai Roots & Shoots

Location: Shanghai, China - China
Project Leader:
Zhenxi Zhong
Shanghai, China
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