Loving Public Welfare Association of Anding District，Dingxi City of Gansu Province is consisted of teachers and students from universities, which is engaged in helping vulnerable groups by means of voluntary services.
At 7:45PM on July 22, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit at the border of Mian and Zhang counties. People living in the quake-stricken areas underwent severe psychological trauam. They were still in a panic even after a few months had passed.
On October 14, 2013, Ding Xi Loving Public Welfare Association organized a volunteer service team for counseling. The team visited Dagu Primary School and Lalu Primary School, offering counseling for the aged and the children, and bringing them goods for winter use. It’s the first time that our city has sent a counseling assistance team.
After a two hour long ride, we arrived at the Dagu Primary School. Walking into the school, we heard gales of laughter and applause from tents that served as classrooms. Volunteers gave the children psychological counseling. The volunteers then put on interactive activities for the students. They also started some group activities and distributed stationary, all of which will hopefully encourage the children to regain confidence in a bright future.
The activity in total provided 20 days of psychological counseling services to about 1000 children and senior citizens. These volunteer activities at the quake-stricken schools were the first steps in complete psychological assistance. Hopefully, the volunteer team can do even more in quake-stricken areas. We hope everyone affected by the earthquake can get back to their normal life and rebuild their homes with a healthy mentality.
Original article written by Jingtian Yao, translated by Maggie Li, edited by Yanyan Zhang
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