Xi'an Alliance works to promote a spirit of volunteerism. Many student volunteers are trained to participate in public welfare activities and social work.
At 8:02 on April 20, 2013, a 7-magnitude earthquake hit Ya’an of Sichuan Province.
On April 24, 2013, Shanxi 029 Public Welfare Service Center set off to the stricken areas with relief materials.
On April 26, 2013, we met a few families in Tianquan County. They did not have any tents for 7 days, because they were not local or from villages. Their 2 sons went to stricken areas, and they had to stay with their grandson and daughter-in-law.
The old man said this was the nicest meal he had had since the quake.
The Guizhou Dandelion Volunteer Teaching Center provides a professional platform for public welfare, attracting greater resources to poverty-stricken areas, improving education, and allowing more children from rural areas to receive care.
In April, our visits to volunteer teaching sites are ongoing. We hope all the children are healthy and growing. The following pictures show our visits:
We brought snacks when we visited volunteer teachers in Daliang Mountain, a remote rural area with material scarcity
Xiao Mei is a young girl on our team. Taking 5 bags, she had to take the train and bus, and walk about 5 hours to visit our volunteer teachers. Thank you!
Teacher Yu came to pick up Xiao Mei from the village. Then they walked along a rough mountainous road to the village. We hope they have a pleasant walking journey.
Xiao Mei brought materials on gender and safety education to the local students
Principal of Daliang Mountain Primary School with 2 volunteer teachers. Many thanks for their hard work in the school
Original article written by Guojing Qi, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Little Red Scarf provides financial support and encouragement to children suffering from congenital heart disease. In addition, they provide families with post-operative care and help the children sustain a healthy lifestyle
He was lying in the bed the first time we saw Fuchao. He is 17, and his face looked dark. A big pair of eyes were bloodshot. We knew he was seriously ill. According to his father, he had pneumonia
when he was a baby, and his face turned purple. His parents knew something was wrong with his heart, but their family was too poor to afford the medical treatment. Fuchao could ride a bike when he was in the primary school, but he was unable to ride the bike when he grew up due to the lack of oxygen. The school is far away from his home, his mother suffers from mental problem and his father works in the city, so he had to drop out from school and help with some house chores. Unfortunately, he got a cerebral hemorrhage when he was 16. With a timely rescue, he survived, but left the family with heavy debts. Fuchao needed another surgery to repair his skull defect, but the family did not have any money for it.
Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Charity Team was established in May of 2009. It is a NGO working with students from poverty-stricken families.
Homes have been destroyed, but living is the greatest hope
Rainbow Village Help Center is a TFish Strategic Member. It was established for the purpose of giving glasses to impoverished children.
Qujing Special Education School is under construction, but we still feel its warmth. The school lacks water due to droughts. The water supply lasts only 2-3 hours a day. There are 53 blind students and 403 deaf-mute students in the school, which covers primary, secondary and vocational education.
There are 21 students in the class for the blind. 13 of them are low vision, not totally blind. Their vision got worse when they were growing up because they did not receive any treatment or correction.
Liu Hailin is 11, and he is in the class for the blind. His grandmother, father and uncle all have low vision. His eyes have not received any treatment or examination so far.
The smiling girl is Liu Fuyuan. She lived in a remote village when she was a child. Her eyes inflamed, and her father used hydrogen peroxide
to treat the inflammation, which caused the loss of function for the corneas. She became blind. Such cases are not rare in special education schools.
Liu Hailin is 11 and he is in the class for the blind
The smiling girl is Liu Fuyuan
Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Charity Team is a non-governmental organization working with students from poverty-stricken families.
At 8:02 on April 20, a 7-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan county of Ya’an city. Hundreds of people were killed by the quake. To better cooperate with the relief work at quake-hit area, Peng Jie and other 4 volunteers from Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart Volunteer Team arrived at Ya’an.
Peng Jie sold his camera and contributed the money to the relief fund. He flew from Tianjin to Chengdu directly and hurried off to Ya’an. The other 4 volunteers arrived at Ya’an on the 21st. The relief work at the moment was transiting from search-and-rescue to settlement. Peng Jie and volunteers started to distribute supplies at 3:00, April 22. At 9:00, Peng Jie and volunteers went to Shuanshi town, a more severely hit area, but they were asked to evacuate due to the mudslide. They will get in the town again when the road has been cleared.
Delays for the professional relief team to arrive at the spot and the shortage of psychological comfort for the disaster-hit people are the problems at the quake-hit area. Peng Jie and his team accumulated much experience in medical relief and psychological counseling, so Heart-to-Heart Team responded immediately in these aspects. The team planned to provide voluntary services in Shuanshi town for 10 days. The roads are blocked so supplies cannot reach the spot on time. Now they had to pay all charges including communication, transportation, food and some basic relief equipment. They need about 5500 yuan.
TFish remitted 6892 RMB ($1130) of relief fund to Mianzhu Heart-to-Heart on April 23.
| || |Original article was written by Hong Chen, translated by Maggie Li, and edited by Yanyan Zhang
The Jingjieniao Home provides services for the mentally handicapped from poverty-stricken families. The organization is dedicated to improving their spirit and living standards and advocating for every disabled individual to have adequate access to social resources
Volunteers from the International Organization of Pediatric Dentistry visited the Home to check the teeth of the children here. They taught them how to maintain oral health. It was the first time many of the children saw a dentist. Thank you volunteers!Original article written by Zhaohao Feng, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
The Burma Humanitarian Mission supports community based health-care and education projects that improve lives of the Burmese people. Read more about the Burma Humanitarian Mission here.This past week, the nation's most popular marathon sold out in record time: 30,000 bibs gone in 2 hours and 27 minutes. Incredible. A lot of runners, however, were frustrated as the registration website crashed on them and they couldn't get into the race. Countless folks felt cheated out of the chance to run the Marine Corps Marathon. Well, there are still thousands of opportunities to run: Charity teams.
Why joint a charity team? I've run a dozen marathons. My first 6 marathons...I ran for myself. Lots of pride. Lots of people encouraging me. Then,I started running for charity. It changed the marathon. People respected me for taking on the challenge of a marathon. When I asked folks to support my run...they extended a warm degree of admiration...to give meaning to my miles and transform my run into doing something to help others. Whether they gave $10...$100...or nothing but kind words...their support was unlike the casual comments of support when I ran just for me. Then, during my training runs...during the marathon...when it got tough...I recalled those supporting me. I couldn't and wouldn't let them down They were now part of the marathon...and my legs were theri legs to get to a shared finish line of 26 miles, 285 yards...and helping others. An when it got really really tough, I thought of those I was helping...the pain they endure...how often they were forgotten and had no hope. I kept running...because I and all my supporters had NOT forgotten them.
So, hit up the charity page for the Marine Corps marathon...or your local road race. You'll find a cause that speaks to your heart. Every one of them is good.
And, if you do have a bib...join a team anyways! Most will extend to you their special perks/benefits.
You don't have to run the Marine Corps marathon...or any marathon. You can run for charity in any road race....of any length....any where.
Sure, Burma Humanitarian Mission has bibs for the Marine Corps marathon. We also have a team in the San Francisco Marahton, Half Marathon and 5k on June 16t. Come join us!
Put a reason in your run. You will not be the same...nor those who support you and those you are helping.
See you at the start line...and finish line!Original article was written by Michael Isherwood.
The Burma Humanitarian Mission supports community based health-care and education projects that improve lives of the Burmese people. Read more about the Burma Humanitarian Mission here.On Monday, April 22nd, the European Union considered a permanent lifting of sanctions on the Burma regime. Citing promising signs of freedom, European leaders feel the end of restrictions on the regime is warranted.
Yet, one week earlier, the regime’s army wrecked havoc in Eastern Burma. On April 14thand 15th, the Burma soldiers arrested and beat 15 adult men – beating several until they were unconscious. The soldiers destroyed one man’s vehicle and robbed another. During this same time, an army unit fired 10 mortar rounds into Loi Zay village – injuring a 20 month of boy and an 8 year old boy. Further south, another army unit fired 40 shells into the village of Mong Kay, damaging the school and numerous homes. Apparently, not satisfied with the destruction it caused, the soldiers indiscriminately fired automatic weapons into numerous homes.
As a result, in the first weeks of this month, more than 400 villagers have fled their homes, seeking sanctuary in other villages or the jungle area. They are cut off from their food supplies, meager medical support and schools – not to mention economic livelihood.
Sadly, all this occurs far removed from the media spotlight. It creates a permissive atmosphere for the brutal regime to act with impunity. The EU’s action only reinforces and encourages such activities for their failing to hold the regime accountable.
This reality reinforces why cross border organizations, like BHM’s Backpack Health Worker Teams, remain as critical today as they’ve been for the past 14 years.
Where there is violence, we shall bring compassion and care.
My thanks to those who support us!Original article was written by Michael Isherwood.
The Burma Humanitarian Mission supports community based health-care and education projects that improve lives of the Burmese people. Read more about the Burma Humanitarian Mission here.
We have returned to the Thai Burma border once again. This trips affords us the opportunity to connect with our friends in the Backpack medics. We learn quickly that the postiive news out of Burma is only partially accurate.
On the positive side, many in the eastern Karen state feel it is easier to move around. The Regime is providing travel documents, allowing them to travel within Burma. At the same time, Army units do extract a tax, complicating necessary travel.
What is missing from the reports is the violence that the Burma army continues to inflict in the eastern states, where a ceasefire is more an allegation than a reality.
In Y_____ village of Mantong township, Burmese soldiers raped two women in April. Nearby, in Tangyan township, a number of people were forced to act as guides and/or porters for army units. Three young girls, under the age of 16, were forced to lead a patrol to a new village. The trek lasted overnight and the girls were given no food or shelter. A few days later, a group of 5 villagers were forced to guide and porter for an army unit. To ensure they didn't escape, the 5 were tied together. As the soldiers camped over night, they ordered the villagers to fetch water.
One young boy reported the tragedy that followed: "When we went to fetch water, my father stepped on a landmine and died. immediately in front of me. My friend's father also died. There was nothing I could do."
Death visited those in the east in other forms. Also in April of this year, three soldiers from one of the ethnic group's militia returned to their village in Namsan township to help with the harvest. Despite the donditions of the ceasefire, the Burma army arrested all three and tortured and killed them.
Faced with this level of violence and the regime's attitude toward the Karen, Kachin and others, the people of eastern Burma still are confronting violence and instability. The only health care provided to them comes from the backpack medics, who brave the risks to care for their own.
Original article was written by Michael Isherwood