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!
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