Earthquake in China – April 2010 – Newsletter
Wednesday, April 14, 11:00 a.m.
As you may have heard by now, there has been a large earthquake in Qinghai Province where Angel Covers supports several schools. The following schools were not damaged and the students are safe: TongRen, JianZha, and Xuri. The Chenduo (WenLe) School is not reporting any damage, although homes in the area are damaged. The students at the school are also safe.
Unfortunately, the Batang School (“Yak School”) is located near the epicenter of the earthquake and we are not able to reach anyone at the school. The school is located in an extremely remote mountainous area at appx. 4,000 meters and it is difficult to access. Although we have heard that up to 90% of the homes in the area are buried and up to 70% of the school buildings have collapsed, we stress at this early stage that these are unconfirmed reports. We will keep sponsors of this school informed as information comes in. Please be patient, as we do not know how long it will be before we will receive further news.
In neighboring Sichuan Province, we have read that aid has been sent into Ganze County, which was also affected by the quake. The RenZhen, XiangGen, and JiaDeng Schools are located in this area. We have not received word from any of these schools but are hopeful that they are safe since they are some distance from the epicenter.
We will keep you posted as news arrives.
Wednesday, 14 April, 9:15 p.m.
We still have not been able to reach the Batang School. Jian Cuo (Director of the Mama’s Wish program in TongRen) is leaving today for Yushu and is taking three truckloads of supplies with him. It will take several hours for them to reach the school. The trip is long and arduous; please keep them in your thoughts as they make the journey.
Angel Covers is collecting donations to help the schools affected by the earthquake. You can help with your support from our donation page. Please mark you donation for the China Earthquake.
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Earthquake in China – April 2010 – Newsletter – Version #2
“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.
Update: We are thrilled to know that all of the kids at the Batang School are safe!!! The school is still standing although we aren’t sure if it’s structually sound or not.
Introducing Harrison and Anton! – April 2010 – Newsletter
I am so excited to announce that Angel Covers has started foster care in Huaibei, Anhui Province! Harrison and Anton are the first babies to be placed in foster care through this new program. Both of these adorable little guys received cleft lip and palate repairs through Love Without Boundaries. After thriving under the attentive care of the auntie’s at LWB’s Anhui Cleft Healing Home, these boys have been placed together with a wonderful foster family. We are so pleased to have found this family, as the foster mother has experience as a caregiver at the Huaibei SWI, and the couple has a daughter who they adopted who also had a cleft lip.
We are very fortunate to have the help of Love Without Boundaries in setting up this program and we have agreed to a partnership in which any child in need of surgery will have first priority for foster care. LWB will ensure the surgery or other medical care is provided and Angel Covers will work to have the child placed in a foster family when released from the hospital. We will then follow-up with the SWI to be sure the child is registered for adoption with the CCAA.
The greatest need for this program right now is sponsors. The cost to have one child in foster care for a month is $70. The reward is priceless. For many years I was a child protection case worker who worked with children in foster care. Through my work I saw directly how a loving foster family can make an enormous difference in the life of a child. Many families who have children adopted from China have benefited from foster care as well. Babies placed in foster homes receive the undivided attention of their caregivers that aunties in the SWI’s don’t always have time to give.
We are currently looking for families to sponsor Harrison and Anton who have already been placed in a foster home, as well as other children who will come into the program in the future. We would love to have someone sponsor a child for the full amount, but realize that’s not always realistic. If you’d like to support this program but can’t help with $70 a month, please commit to whatever amount you can. Every sponsor will receive information about their child monthly, including new pictures.
If you are able to help, please go to our donation page and put “foster care” in the notes section. You will be contacted by Holly Huffman, our Orphanage Support Coordinator, with information about your sponsored child.
Thank you for all your support!
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