Aid and Assistance to China Earthquake Survivors

 
$44,577
$5,423
Raised
Remaining
May 29, 2008

Update from Sichuan Province, 5/29/08

Dear Friends,

As aftershocks continue to strike, including dual tremors that more collapsed more than 400,000 homes earlier this week, Mercy Corps is on the ground assisting earthquake survivors in China's Sichuan Province. After procuring and delivering 22 truckloads of critical supplies — such as water, noodles, milk and shelter items — to displaced families who have lost their homes, we are now coordinating plans for longer-term recovery and reconstruction, and are especially focused on education, counseling and activities for youth.

On Tuesday May 27, a Mercy Corps-coordinated shipment containing nearly three tons of medical supplies for survivors and affected communities arrived in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This effort, called "Flight of Hope," was made possible by collaboration with Boeing, Shenzen Airlines and Medical Teams International. Upon the cargo's arrival, these supplies were transferred to local health authorities for usage at hospitals and temporary health facilities around the region.

There are also great needs for temporary schools, counseling and other activities for children in earthquake-shattered rural areas.

To serve these needs, we will be helping children and youth recover through our Comfort For Kids and Moving Forward Sports for Youth programs. We are translating "My Earthquake Story" — a variation on the "My Hurricane Story" workbook that was widely used in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — into Mandarin Chinese and adapting it specifically for children in Sichuan Province. Senior-level psychologists, including the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance (CAPA), are working with Mercy Corps on the adaptations, translations and training for local teachers and other caregivers. This workbook is appropriate for children of all ages, from toddlers through older youth. Thousands of copies will be distributed as part of the psychosocial program that we're planning to initiate in affected areas.

Two Mercy Corps youth programming experts have been deployed to China to help begin and implement psychosocial activities. Through its Comfort for Kids methodology — developed with Bright Horizons, the renowned early childhood education company — Mercy Corps has worked with post-trauma children around the world in trying to help them regain some sense of normalcy.

Your generous donations have helped us mount a robust emergency response — and will help us make a difference for youth whose lives have been disrupted by tragedy. Thank you for your support.

Best regards, Roger Burks

Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Funded

Thanks to 565 donors like you, a total of $44,577 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?
Support another project run by Mercy Corps that needs your help, such as:

Organization

Mercy Corps

Portland, OR, United States
http://www.mercycorps.org

Project Leader

Carlene Deits

Portland, OR United States

Where is this project located?