Earthquake Relief Update
On May 12, 2008, a catastrophic earthquake rocked Sichuan Province and the surrounding areas. Immediately LWB started to work on earthquake relief efforts, and the response of our donors was overwhelming to say the least! We received large donations, donations from children who had given up their allowances and emptied piggy banks, and donations from people who gave whatever they could because they just wanted to help out. Together, these donations have allowed us to help so many people in a variety of ways.
First, when we learned that so many babies had emergency nutritional needs, we immediately made a large purchase of quality formula and sent it to Chongqing Civil Affairs for distribution.
Second, we have partnered with HOMES International, an organization providing summer camps for impoverished children in China. Along with HOMES we were able to offer a ten-day camp to earthquake-affected children who are temporarily living in the Kunming area. This camp was held August 23rd to September 1st and 42 children from Sichuan participated. The camp provided many different opportunities for the children to express their feelings through art and dance under the guidance of therapists. Past camps have been very successful for children whose parents are migrant workers and who really don’t have anyone to look after them. We are sure it was very helpful for the children who have suffered so much loss because of the earthquake as well.
Third, we have partnered with a worldwide organization called Americares (www.americares.org). Americares provides medical care for people throughout the world who have been affected by natural disasters. LWB’s donation to Americares on behalf of our donors was used to help set up a second state-of-the-art medical facility in the town of Xuankou in Wenchuan county. Xuankou was near the epicenter of the earthquake, and their hospital was completely destroyed . This new hospital will feature operating and emergency rooms, a laboratory, a radiology unit, and a patient ward. This facility will be able to provide quality health care to the local population of 111,000 and will significantly reduce the incidence of disease and lower mortality rates. It is expected that the hospital will treat tens of thousands of patients, many of them children, until a new, permanent hospital can be built.
Fourth, we are currently working with an organization based in Shanghai–Sunrise Library–which has been providing Reading Corners and Libraries to the “tent schools” in the earthquake-stricken area. Through Sunrise we will be able to provide a Reading Corner for the Deyang orphanage in Sichuan. along with 10 new cribs. This Reading Corner will include books, portable book shelves, stationery, colored pencils, crayons, drawing books, chess and other games, jigsaw puzzles, hand crafts, toys, jump ropes, tug-of-war ropes, etc. Also through Sunrise we will fund a full library (books, periodicals, tables, chairs, etc.) in a temporary school for some of the 10,000 children who were recently evacuated from the Wenchuan area due to more aftershocks. Once a permanent school can be built, the donated library will be moved to that location.
Throughout our earthquake relief efforts, we have worked diligently to find just the right projects for the funds that were entrusted to us by our donors. We are very happy that we have been able to help provide medical care, education materials, nutrition, supplies, and emotional support to the children who have been affected by the Sichuan earthquake. We promised you that 100% of each and every donation would go to earthquake relief, and we are pleased to tell you that we did just that.
Thank you seems so small in light of the impact your donations will have on thousands of people’s lives for years to come. We are overwhelmed, but not at all surprised, by the generous outpouring of concern our donors have shown during this tragedy. Thank you!!
How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.
Special Projects Director