Written in collaboration with Liu Wanlan, Program Logistics Officer.
The first Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) after a disaster is a welcomed ceremony. It is a time of renewal — a chance for communities to honor the sacrifice many families have suffered, and look toward building a better future.
In the midst of this ongoing two-week festival, we are celebrating a successful project helping kids in remote China recover after their communities were rattled by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake last April.
In the days after the quake, we distributed urgently needed supplies to meet the basic needs of families in the hardest-to-reach areas, and later helped reopen kindergartens to give kids a safe place to go while their parents worked to rebuild.
We also implemented our Comfort for Kids program to provide long-term emotional support for the area’s affected children, who are especially vulnerable after trauma. Now nine months after the quake — in communities formerly ravaged by disaster — students once again gather to laugh, run and play.
Click through the photos above to see how Comfort for Kids helped these children heal.