"Once our eyes are opened, we cannot pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows that we know, and holds us responsible to act." Proverbs 24:12

“There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”- William Butler Yeats

Thursday, May 15, 2008

What can I do to make a difference?

I have quite a few things I want to blog about, including Kai's meeting with the cleft team and answering questions I've received about his progress with speech.

But right now, there are so many more important issues to bring up. I titled this post according to my thoughts. My mind is just swimming in disbelief at the tragedies occuring all over the world. The cyclone in Myanmar with a death toll of almost 29,000 and still almost 220,000 people missing, the disease/hunger crisis in Africa has increased 57%percent since 1997 and every 30 seconds a child dies of malaria, the deadly tornados here in our own country that have left many homeless and 20 dead, and of course, the devastating earthquake in China just to name a few. We can't go on ignoring the world around us.

The China earthquake has moved me to the core and the thought of so many parents losing their beloved children, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles....not to mention the number of children left orphans is just astounding.

If you haven't donated to this or any other relief fund (even $1. to help these people will go a long way if everyone donated) please, consider doing so. If $1. is a too much to ask, will you consider praying for those desperately in need right now?

On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, "Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, "Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These will ask Him, "When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"

Here is the lastest update from Half The Sky Foundation:

Dear Friends,

As word comes of the hundreds, maybe thousands of children lost in the earthquake, I am finding these emails almost too painful to write. When I think of so many parents who have lost their only child - so many children newly orphaned - so many families destroyed - there are no words….

Still, I will continue to write daily with any new information that has been given to us and confirmed. Again, please do not contact us to inquire about individual institutions. We will give you all of the information we have. If you do not hear from us about a particular place, it likely is not affected. At any rate, we don’t have any information beyond what I am passing along to you.

As of now, Thursday afternoon in China, there are 14,866 people confirmed dead, 14,463 in Sichuan Province. There are 22,438 people reported missing – 21,020 of them in Deyang alone. There have been 3,300 aftershocks and they continue.

Here is the confirmed information we have regarding children in welfare

Chengdu: The city continues to experience aftershocks and the institution director is afraid the water supply will be cut off again, so has requested disposable diapers. They are having trouble finding sufficient supplies of milk and formula. All children in foster care have been located and are fine. The institution has structural cracks but was built to current earthquake standards and is fundamentally solid. All the children remain on the first floor of the children’s building, mostly in the cafeteria, and, weather-permitting, outside while awake. We’ve posted
a few photos on our website.

Chongqing and Yibin orphanages are fine – no building damage, no shortage
of supplies.

The orphanages below report problems. However, please note that not a
single child has been injured; all are fine:
- Zigong CWI needs bedding, powdered milk, crackers and disposable diapers
- Neijiang CWI has suffered some structural damage; one or two children’s
dormitories, office building and laundry room have cracked walls.
- Nanchong 2nd SWI has cracks in walls, substantial damage to the ceiling
of a staff building, needs tents
- Mianyang Zitong CWI has severely damaged walls. Children have been
moved to a military base. Urgent need for diapers, bedding, powdered milk
and purified water
Hanzhong CWI (Shaanxi)- Quite a few water pipes burst, the water tower had
cracks. Children have been evacuated and there is need for more tents,
bedding and purified water. We’ve posted a few photos on our website.
Dujiangyan SWI has evacuated all children. They have no tap water or
electricity in their temporary shelter. They urgently need food, purified
water, diapers and powdered milk.

We are still unable to reach these institutions: Deyang CWI (78 children),
Abazhou CWI (52 children), Guangyuan SWI, Mianzhu SWI

One of our HTS Beijing staff, Ma Lang, is a native of Mianyang, Sichuan, close to the epicenter. HTS’ Director of Child Development, Ma Lang is both a pediatrician and a child development specialist. She is on her way home right now to make use of her skills both medically and to help children traumatized by this disaster. We are so proud of Lang and wish her safe travels. She has promised to share her journey with all of us. So soon you’ll be hearing from us both!

Usually just before June 1, China’s Children’s Day, Half the Sky announces a special appeal to help us fund new orphanage programs in the fall.

While we are committed to starting those new programs and know we will need help to make it happen, we just don’t feel we can ask for help improving lives while children in Sichuan are losing theirs. There must be a Children’s Day Challenge this year but not at this time. Please do what you can to help children in trouble now, and remember to help the kids of HTS a little later this year.

Our hearts and prayers today are especially with the parents who have lost their children in the collapse of schools - Muyu, Xinjian, Juyuan, Liangping, and the rest.

Please give what you can to help the children who survive go on with their lives.

If you would like to donate to Half the Sky’s Children’s Earthquake Fund, it would be great if you would do so at Global Giving.

The Ford Motor Company announced today that they will match every gift!

If you prefer to donate directly to Half the Sky, of course that’s fine.
Here are the various ways:

You can donate by calling Half the Sky (+1 510 525 3377) or on our website:

If you would like a Canadian tax receipt, please donate at

If you would like a Hong Kong tax receipt, please call us at +852 2520 5266 or online at

We have been so moved by your support already. Thank you!

with love,

Jenny Bowen
Executive Director
Half the Sky Foundation

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The Ferrill's said...

Yes Ohilda...any little bit DOES make a difference! Thank you for advocating for these hurting people....

Walker said...

I feel the same way Ohilda! I can't stop looking at photos..tearing up... reading about it... tearing up...etc.etc. It's horrific!
Thanks for sharing and getting the word out there.. you are right.. WE CAN'T GO ON IGNORING THE WORLD AROUND US!

Holly said...

May the Lord stir the hearts of the saints to be his hands and feet to the hopeless.
Love your blog sister.

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