It was a Saturday afternoon in early March and the house in the village of Wuhan was packed.
We were there to hear the head of a local NGO speak about how a new initiative is helping young children.
The organization is called The Child Development Stage.
The idea is simple: It allows local governments to create stages for children from a young age to learn new skills and develop a social network.
The stage has so far focused on two main areas: helping young adults and those with learning disabilities, and making sure that every child gets a fair shake in school.
The Wuhans’ program, called Wuhuan Stage, has already received praise from the government, and has already helped over 100 children, and it has been embraced by many, including local activist Cao Zhenhua.
“We have to work hard to make sure every child is given the best chance to succeed,” Cao told us.
The Wuhanzas are part of a network of cities in China that are also making progress in helping their children, but have a long way to go.
In Wuhanyuan, where we were in the evening, we saw children running, jumping, crawling, and playing.
At the end of the evening we took them to the local government headquarters to meet with local officials.
“What is your plan to help children who are suffering in Wuhnan?” asked Wang Yimin, a spokesperson for the city government.
Wang told us that the Wuhang stage was launched in 2016.
We asked Wang why he thought the Wushans were succeeding in helping so many children.
“Because of the support we get from the Wumans and other cities, the children are now more confident, and they have more freedom to go and play,” Wang explained.
As we talked to the head office of the Wurians, it became clear that there were several other cities in Wushan that have also created similar stage, and we were soon given a list of some of them.
On the Wunan stage, the mayor and a representative of the local community came to our hotel and asked if we were willing to sponsor a workshop.
When we said yes, the meeting was scheduled for a later date.
After the meeting, we took the children to a local park and had them run, jump, crawl, and play.
Then the WU stage began to open up, with the Mayor of Wuzhang and Wuhwan Mayor Zhang Zhongshu giving a presentation about the stage’s success.
This is the stage in Wuzheng.
For the next day, we went around the Wuzhans and visited other cities to see if the stage was also successful there.
Many of the children were delighted to see the stage, but some seemed even more excited to see us.
They showed us their badges and told us about their progress.
But there was one kid who was more worried than anyone else.
That kid was a little girl.
She was so excited to be running on her own.
There were no obstacles to her running on the Wulexin stage, which was her stage.
Her parents told her she could do this because her parents would support her.
All the kids in the Wufang stage ran.
I asked if she had any trouble, and she said no.
It’s just like we were watching the Wuyu stage, with all the obstacles, she said.
To me, the Wu stage was a miracle.
If the children running on Wuyuxin stage were given the same opportunity to run on Wuzhuan stage they would be a lot happier.
From a young child, the kids on the stage are very brave, and the kids running on this stage are just like us, she told us, smiling.
These are the young kids running the Wuchan stage in China.
A few months later, Wang’s office had a meeting with the head officer of the stage.
“I’m glad to see that the children can run,” Wang said, and then the head director said, “The Wuzhen stage is here.”
We took the kids to a nearby village to see where they were.
One by one, the local officials brought out the kids’ badges.
Several had their badges at the same time.
Once they were all in, we asked if they were going to take a break and enjoy a little playtime.
Of course, the parents of the kids did not want them to leave the village, so they were reluctant to leave their children with us.
But after a few minutes of talking, they agreed to do so.
Over the course of the next two days, we watched the children, the adults, and even the children’s parents walk down the streets, all running, trying to complete their runs