Friday, April 16, 2010

Helping Earthquake Victims in Qinghai

Batang School students in happier times

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” ~Thich Nan Hanh

It’s been almost two years since a major earthquake struck in Sichuan Province, claiming the lives of 86,000 people and injuring and displacing thousands more. Tuesday morning another major earthquake struck, this time in Qinghai Province where Angel Covers supports several schools. Thankfully, the Mama’s Wish schools in northern Qinghai were not affected, and all of our sponsored students at the TongRen and Xuri Schools are safe. But in southern Qinghai, the situation is dire. In some areas as much as 90% of the homes are now rubble and schools, hospitals, and other buildings have collapsed or been badly damaged. To make matters worse, the temperature is below freezing at night and survivors have no shelter or warm clothing. Rescuers have been battling altitude sickness, sleet, and high winds, digging through the rubble with their hands while waiting for heavy equipment to arrive to this remote mountainous region.

The Batang Yushu County Central Boarding Primary School is an orphan school located in Yushu at almost 5000 meters, near the epicenter of this week’s earthquake. Love Without Boundaries and Angel Covers have partnered in the past to bring solar water showers, yaks, clothing, and school supplies to the students at this school, and we are partnering once again to bring disaster relief not only to this school but to other victims affected by the quake as well.

With your help, we are sending disaster relief items such as tents and tarps, blankets and bedding, masks and gloves, flashlights, disinfectant, shoes and socks, heavy coats, and of course food, water, and medical supplies to those impacted by the earthquake. Please join with us as we work together to bring comfort to victims of the earthquake. To show your support, click on our donation page and mark your donation for the China Earthquake.

Thank you for opening your hearts to the children at Batang and the people of Yushu. Together we can bring hope to those who are bearing a hardship today.

Angela Taylor
Education Director

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