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Saturday, February 2, 2008

China's Orphanages Need Aid Due to Snowstorm

The worst snowstorm to hit China's southern provinces in decades has caused numerous cities to suffer power blackouts; food, water, medication and fuel shortages; and a public transportation nightmare during China's busiest travel season (Chinese New Year begins this Thursday). Officials attribute over 50 deaths to this extreme winter weather.

This crisis has created an urgent need for supplies at many of China's orphanages. If Hurricane Katrina taught us anything, it showed the world that the people most effected by natural disasters are the impoverished, the marginalized and the forgotten. The orphans in China are surely considered among "the least of these," and they need others to remember them. Please remember them.

Jenny Bowen, Executive Director of Half the Sky, sent out an impassioned plea earlier today to the China adoption community. She said, "This part of the country is simply not equipped to deal with extreme cold or heavy snow and ice. The most common critical problems are power outages, lack of safe drinking and cooking water, lack of fuel, diapers and public transportation ... They need quilts. They need warm clothing. They need coal, water, disposable diapers and food."

The Tonggu SWI, where our Tongginator is originally from, is not an HTS orphanage. We do not know how the people of Tonggu fare because it is an extremely isolated area. Jiangxi Province has been hit hard in some areas; Tonggu County is very mountainous; and so we do fear the worst.

Please consider donating to The Little Mouse Emergency Fund by calling this highly ethical organization at 1-510-525-3377 or donating through their website at Half the Sky.


Special K said...

I posted the exact same thing on my blog today. Great minds think alike. :)

The whole situaton has been on my mind a lot the last few days. Although I'm not imagining that my daughter is part of this, (only because the wait is long and I doubt she's been born yet) I've been thinking about her birthmother quite a bit. Wondering what she's going through.

I donated. I hope the messages on our blogs reach many and generate more help for the orphanages.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so glad that you blogged about this, too. Your blog gets A LOT more traffic than mine, so you will reach many more people. I'm very concerned about residents of our daughter's birth county. We haven't heard anything yet, but it is a mountainous area with few roads in and out. There may be fuel shortages -- which means little to no heat.

Mutha Mae said...

Thank you for sharing this with me.