We cannot thank you enough for your generosity over the past year. The Chinese Sichuan province has had to recover from a tragic earthquake not once, but twice. Lushan county, at the center of the earthquake, lost 120 townspeople, and all cities and towns within the township suffered from serious damages. Our partner organizations, including on-the-ground, local organizations, have helped improve the hygiene of affected children, assisted local NGOs dedicated to cause recovery, and addressed physical and mental health needs of survivors. You, along with these partners, have allowed the Sichuan province to recover from a second tragedy. Here are some updates from these partners:
Mercy Corps has addressed the needs of recovering children through its project Response to Devastating Sichuan, China Earthquake. The program Comfort for Kids (C4K) provided children with art supplies and workbooks to help them work through the trauma. Since the beginning of the program, C4K and Mercy Corps have helped over 6,000 children recover from the disaster in a positive and creative way. To further enhance the lives of the affected children, Mercy Corps has also delivered basic supplies to help them return to a normal life of learning and playing. Emergency preparations have been put in place in schools by trained staff to ensure both teachers and children are prepared for anything in the future. Both children and teachers are thankful for these new programs put in place. One teacher, named Xubin, said “my colleagues have also expressed to me that in helping their students face the difficulties of dealing with this loss, they too have worked through a great deal of their own trauma.” Thanks to Mercy Corps, children of the Sichuan province can return to a normal life once again.
Shanghai United Foundation has allowed local NGOs to help out the cause right in their backyard. This past October, four projects were voted on to receive funding from SUF. The first program provided items such as tables, chairs, and beds to kindergarteners in Lushan county. Project number two focused on motivating the youth of Sichuan province to meet their full potential. The project consisted of developing an innovative program centered around tourism for the youth to take part in. The third project went to funding to improve preschool education in Ya’an county, and the final project set up a social work station in the Ya’an Shuangshi primary school. Without the help and generosity of SUF, these NGOs may not have had the chance to make such a difference in their communities.
Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, SH’s project Helps Community Rebuilding in Quake-Affected Ya’an has strived to promote mental health awareness ever since the earthquake struck. This past March, Xintu Center held a workshop to develop strategies to promote mental health. There were 46 participants who took part in workshops to help come up with these strategies along with Xintu staff. The participants from local communities, hospitals, and governments learned about stakeholders, measuring processes, developing visions and objectives, along with many more project-related topics. After the event, the five strategies were reviewed by other members of the communities and members of foundations. Xintu Center hopes that these proposals will receive government funding in order to improve the mental health of disaster survivors.
We cannot express enough how grateful we are for your kind support. These organizations would not have been able to make such an impact over the past year without your help. The people of the Sichuan province can now have a second chance, and it is thanks to you. Keep up the great work!
Just one year ago a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook China. This GlobalGiving fund benefits those devastated by the disaster. The most devastating thing about this disaster are the numbers: 196 people were killed, 14,785 injured, 237,655 displaced and 2.1 million affected. 193,000 houses collapsed and 510,000 were severely damaged. This amount of damage, life-toll and devastation does not go away in just one year. These numbers should make it obvious why every donation you make is so impacting and so cherished! Thank you!
The organization that benefits from this GlobalGiving disaster relief fund is the Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S.H. and the funds are going to their project “Helps Community Rebuilding in Quake-Affected Ya’an” (13973). This project focuses on post-earthquake development, including psychological self-help and support services and building of community centers.
In their most recent report Xintu details the conference they held from March 1-3. The focus of the event was mental health of children, specifically after an earthquake. By the end of the workshop Xintu staff had facilitated five proposals for childhood mental health promotion. There were 46 participants from community organizations, government agencies, and local hospitals.
Discussions circled around analysing causes, future plans for promoting the importance of childhood mental health, and developing ways to measure the process. All the participants learned how to mobilize resources, find lasting solutions, and how to measure the success of the childhood mental health promotion. They also coordinated to define priorities with their stakeholders. The five proposals have been reviewed by local experts (hospital staff, governmental officials) and by Xintu staff who have mentioned potential to fund and implement the proposals in the next few months!
The need for directed community aid is pertinent to rebuilding after a disaster such as this one. Xintu does an amazing job reconstructing not just community centers but also the sense of community lost during a time of such destruction. Their input is fundamentally important to future community growth and development. Their work is saving lives both physically and mentally. Even though it is a year later the need to grow and build is still evident. It is through your donations that Ya’an is rebuilding! We would like to warmly thank you for your much needed help!
At first glance, you may seem very different from a person living more than 6,000 miles away. Tastes, sights, ideologies, and beliefs vary across the world. However, in the seemingly fast seconds when you clicked the “donate” button, your desire to help and a survivor’s relentless hope erased your differences and gave you two more in common with each other than anyone else in the world. All the way from China, we bring you updates and stories of success from different organizations that are arduously working in the region:
Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S. H . conducted training for 20 township mental health workers from the Yaan prefecture. As a result, a severe number of stakeholders in the field of mental health and community rebuilding were very interested in this participatory training course. After numerous discussions, the participants agreed on a need for a new community organization in Yaan that will create a long term plan for a mental health program. Fortunately, Shanghai Xintu will be capable of playing a vital role to smooth the process in the new establishment for the organization.
Also, Xintu will plan two training courses on mental health needs to explore community solutions, which will be the first step in establishing a community-led organization that is dedicated to promote mental health in the Yaan prefecture.
Mercy Corps was able to immediately assist families in the region by providing them with basic needs like water, hygiene kits, and other emergency items. The organization is also focusing on three projects that seek to ensure the psychological well-being of children affected by the earthquake. After all, young children tend to be more vulnerable to the traumatic effects of a catastrophe of this magnitude.
As for the previous programs established, Mercy Corps was able to finalize and print the “My Earthquake Story” workbook and Caregiver Guide for their Comfort for Kids Program (C4K). The Moving Forward Program, which works closely with older youth, has been able to reach 4,000 elementary and middle school students. “Rebuilding for the future”, a program to promote stable access to early education, has found 10 pilot schools to serve as models for the project.
The organization also provided school supply kits to 48 schools in the Tianquan and Baoxing regions, which benefited approximately 9,000 students. Thanks to these supplies, these students will continue the education that was taken away from them since the earthquake. These supplies include age appropriate textbooks, toys, games, art supplies, calculators, an electric musical keyboard, a computer, printers, projectors, tables, and desks.
Almost eight months ago, the lives of these people were shockingly disrupted by an unexpected event. However, equally unexpected was the solidarity they received from GlobalGivers around the world, who allowed GlobalGiving’s partners to quickly mobilize and offer immediate support and relief to the areas affected.
We will keep you updated in the following months; however, feel free to let us know if you have any questions or thoughts in the comment section below. If you would like to make a donation, please click on China Earthquake Relief Fund
There is a province in China that features green mountains similar to the Lord of the Rings setting. This province in China is also stellar at producing spicy food and dramatic opera. It is one of the largest provinces of China, claiming 187,260 square miles as its own. The province is Sichuan province, directly in the center of China. Three months ago, Sichuan province was hit with an earthquake. This earthquake measured 7.0 on the magnitude scale, and caused 196 people to die and 11,826 to incur severe injuries. 2 million people have been displaced from their homes. This same province also faced a massive earthquake in 2008, an 8.0 magnitude disaster stealing the lives of 69,195 people and causing 18,392 people to go missing.
Friends, you have shown China that each one of these earthquake-affected people is important through your financial gifts to the fund. That’s amazing compassion. When you and your friends and family and dentist and principal and coworkers move money into this fund, GlobalGiving sends it to five highly-vetted organizations on the ground in China, doing disaster relief work. Check out the first updates from three of those organizations to see what they've been doing to rebuild the area.
Mercy Corps and their local partner China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) are reaching even the most remote communities up in the mountains and down in the valleys to assess and respond to their needs, with an initial focus on water and hygiene provisions. People are still living in tents, their homes destroyed. Within disaster relief, there are two distinct stages—response and development. A mere three months since the earthquake have passed and Mercy Corps is preparing already to morph response efforts into development efforts. They have already distributed more than 28,000 hygiene kits that include soap, toothbrushes, diapers, and health care essentials for families. In addition, they have set up day care spots where children can play, freeing up their parents to work on rebuilding homes, businesses, and communities. Finally, child psychosocial programs are helping children and families cope with the stress caused by the earthquake. Since Sichuan province is increasingly earthquake-prone, Mercy Corps is also fueling efforts to help the communities develop early warning systems and have disaster preparedness plans in place.
Xintu Center for Community Health Promotion, S.H:
Dr. Fei Long made a field trip to Ya'an in Sichuan province two months ago and built up a relationship with a local NGO. This is an important step to planning, implement, and evaluation of the Xintu project in Ya'an. Partnering for capacity building of local NGOs on community mobilization and rebuilding, courses and trainings are being developed and funds are being raised. Dr. Fei Long also met a number of local government leaders and NGO volunteers in field. Long term community development is in the future!
Save the Children Federation:
Save the Children got right to work in Sichuan province after the earthquake, with rescue workers trying to pull as many people out of the rubble within the first 72 hours as possible. Staff immediately arranged to go into the field to assess the damage and impact on the most vulnerable children and their families in the worst-affected areas of Ya’an and Lushan in Sichuan. Beyond distributing numerous relief kits, food, medical supplies, and lanterns, Save the Children also was working in a place where roads were blocked, mobile communications poor, mudslides and flash floods emerging from the heavy rain, and chilly nighttime temperatures. All of these elements have combined to greatly increase the need for help. 6 year-old Li Z, along with many other children, benefitted from the Friendly Spaces that Save the Children was opening up where the children could recover, learn, and play.
Thank you so much for your deep support and compassion. Since it has only been a few months since the earthquake, we have much to do and we want you to be included in it! GlobalGivers, you always change the world.
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