Ark Welfare is a non-profit established in Hechi City, Guangxi, that encourages people to get involved in public service and respond to the needs of their communities.
On August 27, 2013, volunteers from Ark Welfare distributed 113 relief bags to He County, a place that was stricken by the flood. Their goal was to ease the psychological damage inflicted on the children as a result of the flood.
At 10:30 in the morning, the children and their parents were waiting at the village committee. Most of them came from the villages in the mountains. It was difficult to reach this place as the roads were destroyed by the flood.
The parents help their children to sign up for help. They were happy though the sun was scorching on their heads. The children live far away from each other, so it took more time to organize the distribution.
After taking their bags, the children could not wait to open them immediately. At 12:30 PM, the distribution was completed. They went back home happily with their bags.
At 2 PM, we visited a girl at her home. Climbing a slope, we arrived at her home. The road was broken during the flood. Now we saw their reconstruction. The family lives in a wood hut and there’s a grandmother suffering from illness. The roof of the house was tore away and the local government supported to rebuild tin roof later. The place was always hit by the flood and the latest one happened this year is the most serious one.
Then we visited another 2 children. They live far away from the town, so we had to walk through several hills. The situation is even worse. Most of the roads were destroyed and rivers are flowing around. Traces flushed by the flood were seen along the way.
At 8:00 AM of 28th, we distributed relief bags to the children in Yangxi village. Children and their parents were happy and came early to queue in the front. When they got the bags, their parents help them to open and try the new clothes.
At about 1:00 PM, 113 relief bags were distributed in Juchuan county.
Original article written by Chan Liang, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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