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Sichuan Relief Work Update – June 1

In Seva, Sichuan relief work on 04/06/2008 at 09:13

Sichuan Relief Work Update – June 1

48Hrs On-the-Ground

  • Trauma-Relief Drop-in Centre for rescue volunteers returning from the disaster zone at the Communist Youth League continued its service.
  • 25 volunteers benefited within a 4 hour period.
  • Many contacts were made with other organizations to provide trauma-relief service including:

– Department Psychology, Sichuan University

– Communist Youth League volunteers organizing field outreach in the hardest hit areas for victims. Visit organized for the next day to Shifang village reported as one of the hardest hit areas.

  • Post-Trauma Workshops were given at a major primary school in Dujiangyan immediate devastated area benefiting teaching-faculty and students:

– 50 school teachers

– 75 secondary school students

– 170 primary school students (Grade1-6) benefited.

  • Visited Mingzhu refugee camp where school was beginning at the camp site.
  • The school has requested that we provide long-term trauma relief programs to the primary school students.
  • Visited Minyang where the Jiuzhao Stadium became a refugee camp housing the 10,000 displaced, whole villages and townships, now huddle under the overhangs of the stadium as a desperate attempt for shelter.
  • Organized a Trauma-Relief Program for the remaining 5,000 refugees after much negotiation.
  • Three simultaneous post-trauma workshops given at three intervals:

–Team 1: 30 / 10 / 9

– Team 2: 30 / 25 / 30

–Team 3: 8 / 15 / 8

  • Courses continued at the Sheraton with 100 people.
  • Courses continued at the Kempinski with 60 people.
  • 3-day trauma-relief program begins at the People’s Number 4 Hospital for medical services staff of 4.
  • Introductory Talk was given at a leading insurance company to provide to their staff trauma relief workshop beginning next day with 35 people.
  • Shangri-la hotel course organized for 80 staff the next day.

Medical services staff of the People’s Number 4 Hospital experience the trauma-relief program of AOLF

Start of School Term

School canteen

School registrar

(Below) School without a classroom; Play at recess: stamping on Styrofoam residue from temporary housing wall-boards

Missing Hope

Pinning hope on the wall. The list of missing family, relatives and friends, greet you at the entrance-gate to the stadium

Jiuzhou Stadium Refugee Camp, Minyang County

Home School Playground

Shifang Village

“No matter how much you have seen and heard, nothing … nothing, can possibly prepare you for the tragedy that hit the Shifang Middle-School. 150 pupils and teachers perished under the debris and rubble when four floors collapsed onto each other.”

AOLF Trauma Relief Sichuan Mission Team Leader

(below) The aftermath showing no escape whatsoever; Ceiling came tumbling down

“I remember being buried with my dead classmates around me under the concrete pile and mess. Only three others survived.”

Survivor 14 year old girl

Shifang Village

“Children without post-trauma support under these circumstances is just criminal.”

“Children without post-trauma support under these circumstances is just criminal.” AOLF Trauma Relief Sichuan Mission Team Leader

Temporary School for Shifang Village: 2 army tents, 4 used mattresses, Plastic ground sheets, 6 wooden stools

What is Needed Now

  • Need more BWS facilitators who can speak and understand Putonghua.
  • Need more local mainland Part 1 teachers
  • Need more people who can bless.
  • We need dedicated and committed volunteers.

72-Hrs on the Ground

  • Kempinski course continued with 12 participants
  • Shangri-la post-trauma workshop was given to 59 participants
  • Introductory talk to Sichuan University was given to 80 students
  • Post-trauma workshop given to an insurance company with the participation of 35.
  • Post-trauma workshop given to Shifang Primary School students with 32 benefiting.
  • Trauma-Relief Drop-in Centre for rescue volunteers returning from the disaster zone at the Communist Youth League continued its service. 7 volunteers benefited within a 3 hour period.

Jai Guru Dev!

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