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Incredible journey of the pupils of Liu Han Hope Elementary

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Guardian’s Tania Branigan tells the incredible story of the pupils of Liu Han Hope Elementary school (刘汉希望小学) of Beichuan (北川) County, who survived the earthquake thanks to the school building which stood firm, then when realised being cut off and threatened by aftershocks and rockslide, trekked through the mountains to reach the safety, escorted by their teachers and local police.

The Liu Han Hope Elementary school in Beichuan county stands in the heart of the disaster zone yet, while hundreds died across Sichuan province in classrooms that crumbled to dust, every one of its 483 pupils survived last week’s quake.

China yesterday raised its toll of the dead and missing to 70,000, and warned of a “desperate need” for tents to shelter millions of homeless survivors. But the story of the children’s escape is a rare piece of good news. While other schools disintegrated, theirs stood firm. Even the three-storey glass wall remained intact. When the slopes around them began to threaten their safety, staff marched pupils as young as five out of their remote home on an all-day, all-night trek.

“It was nothing outstanding - just a teacher’s responsibility,” Xiao Xiaochuan said. “It was not done by one teacher but by the whole faculty and students, with help from police and officials.”

Read the full story from the Guardian website.

Ricefield to donate all proceed of Chen Qi’s woodblock prints exhibition

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Ricefield Arts and Culture Centre, a Glasgow-based art orgnisation has decided to donate all proceed of its coming exhibition, Chinese Water-based Woodblock Prints by Chen Qi, to Sichuan Earthquake Appeal for helping children affected by Sichuan earthquake.

Chen Qi is one of China’s leading contemporary printmakers, and a professor of Fine Art at Beijing University. Chen Qi uses distinctive Chinese icons extensively in his woodblock prints. Each of his works reflects the simple, elegant and tranquil elements of traditional Chinese painting.

Ricefield Arts was founded by Lin Chau and Julia Hung in 2004. While Ricefield Arts gears into nurturing Chinese art and culture within the Chinese community in Scotland, helping its members to embrace their common heritage, it is also dedicated to share this great tradition with all the people of Scotland, enriching the cultural life of this nation.

Candlelight vigil for the earthquake victims tonight

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Mei Wong’s letter.

Hi All

Firstly, apologies to those that have received this more than once.

As you may know the BC Project has been working with various Chinese community groups over the past week to raise funds for the China earthquake appeal. Tonight, to coincide with the third day of mourning in China, the BC Project is co-organising a candlelight vigil for the earthquake victims.

The vigil will be held tonight (Wednesday 21st May) at the London Chinatown Pagoda on Newport Place from 8pm - 11pm. If you’re free please do pop by and light a candle - we will observe 1 minute silence at 8.30, 9.30 and 10.30pm.

If you can please tell your family, friends and colleagues about this too and thanks for your help and support
Best wishes

Mei Wong
BC Project
0750 800 5645

The First Day Back to School

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

News source

Two buildings collapsed in the earthquake in Juyuan secondary school China,Photophied by Junhu Li, repoter of Finance and Economy Net.
Two buildings collapsed in the earthquake in Juyuan secondary school China,Photographied by Junhu Li, repoter of Finance and Economy.
On the day returning to school, Shihao Guo read a card with his writing with tears,' Brother Wei Zhu, Are you all right in Heaven? '
On the day returning to school, Shihao Guo read a card with his writing with tears,’ Brother Wei Zhu, Are you all right in Heaven?

On 19th of May, Some of secoundary one students in Juyuan Secondary school, city of Dujiangyan, returned to class.

The classes were moved to Juyuan Primary school because in Juyuan Scoundary, 1 or 2 km away, 2 buildings collapsed in the earthquake and several hundred students and 6 teachers were tragically killed.

The head teacher of Juyuan Secondary school said,’ one week ago, we were working and studying together, but now we are seperated between 2 worlds.’


News: China deals with children orphaned by quake

Monday, May 19th, 2008


CHENGDU, China, May 18 (Reuters) - Chinese authorities already struggling to deal with the aftermath of Monday’s massive earthquake are now trying to cope with a flood of children orphaned by the disaster.

Over the weekend more than 140 Chinese teenagers with missing parents were moved to a university campus in the Sichuan provincial capital of Chengdu.

Experts and social workers warn that much more needs to be done to repair the deep psychological damage that they and other survivors have suffered, in an earthquake whose death toll is already approaching 30,000, and is likely to climb further.

“The students have been given the food, clothes and shelter that they need since they arrived last night. And they are now starting to think about their families. They are crying at night as they can’t find their parents,” said their teacher Zhang Ping.

“I think we have a big problem on our hands.”

Between the ages of 13 to 15, the students are from Yingxiu town, which was badly battered when the 7.9 quake rocked the southwestern province of Sichuan on Monday.

Many schools collapsed. Witnesses say they simply sank into the ground.

“The primary schools were completely flattened. My little sister is buried inside,” said Luo Xiaofung, 15. “I don’t think she could have survived.”

“We all quickly went under our tables as our teachers told us we are considered very lucky,” said Luo. Except for about 30 students and five teachers, everyone in her 1,600-strong school survived, teachers said.


For Luo and her schoolmates, the canteen of the Chengdu Medical University will be their home for the foreseeable future.

Carpenters worked round the clock over the weekend to assemble bunk beds for the teenagers while university students removed half a dozen pool tables from the canteen to give the teenagers more space.

A large hall on an upper floor has been converted into their new dormitory with each child allotted the space of just one single mattress on the floor in the meantime.

“This is better than sleeping in a tent. It was beginning to stink (with rotting corpses) when we left Yingxiu,” said another student, Zhang Li.

Most of the students busied themselves cleaning and washing their clothes and shoes during their afternoon break.

But social workers say it will be a long time before any semblance of normalcy returns to the lives of these young people — if it happens at all.

“They may nod and agree when you tell them to be strong, but they are very hurt inside. They have lost their parents, lost everything in a flash,” said social worker Qian Guijun.

“The smaller children can’t even verbalise their feelings. They have a look of terror when you mention the earthquake. They just start tearing up.”

Many of the students were fixated on the two large TV screens installed in their dormitory, carrying news reports of the aftermath of the quake. One child turned around and hid her face, as she quietly wiped away her tears.

Thirteen-year-old Zeng Qiang, who lost his mother in the quake and is hunting for his father, asked a Reuters journalist to contact his older sister in Beijing. “Please let her know that granny and me are alive,” he said.

Yang Huijun, dean of the School of Basic Medicine, said many challenges lie ahead. Volunteers, like the Hong Kong-based Social Workers Across Borders, have approached the university to offer counseling services.

“We’ll have to work on their later problems, their emotional problems, once they settle in,” Yang said. (Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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Three Minutes Mourning on May19 in China

Monday, May 19th, 2008

 At 2:28 p.m. (7:28 a.m. UK time) Monday(May 19), Chinese citizens nationwide will stand in silence for three minutes to mourn for the victims, while air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships will wail in grief.


The China Seismological Bureau (CSB) Sunday ( May 18) revised the magnitude of southwest China earthquake from 7.8 to 8.0 on the Richter scale;


The death toll from magnitude 8.0 earthquake that jolted southwest China’s Sichuan Province had risen to 32,476 nationwide by 2 p.m. on Sunday and the number of injured reached 220,109


The Beijing Olympic torch relay will also be suspended from Monday to Wednesday.

source from Xin Hua 


Three-Day National Mourning

Monday, May 19th, 2008

China’s national flag flies at half-mast after the flag-raising ceremony on Tian’anmen Square in Beijing Monday morning, May 19, 2008. China on Monday begins a three-day national mourning for the tens of thousands of people killed in a powerful earthquake which struck the country’s southwest on May 12.

Source from: Xin Hua

Chinese Embassy in London opens for Condolences at the National Mourning Period

Monday, May 19th, 2008

From the website of Chinese Embassy in London:

Chinese Embassy in London opens for Condolences at the National Mourning Period
The State Council of China has declared a national morning period from 19th to 21st of May, 2008 to express deep condolence to victims of the earthquakes that hit Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province. The Chinese national flag will be flown at half mast at the time. There will be a condolence book and donation box in the ground floor of the Embassy for people of all walks of life in Britain from 0900 to 1800 Monday 19th to Wednesday 21st May. Embassy staff is there to receive and provide help wherever necessary.

List of urgently needed materials for earthquake rescue and relife

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Chinese Embassy in London’s website has published a list of urgently needed materials in the rescue and relief actions in Sichuan earthquake.

List of Urgently Needed Materials for Earthquake Rescue and Relief

1. Medicine

(1)Albumin (10g)

(2)Tramadol Hydrochloride Injection (2ml)

2.Medical Devices

(1)Hemodialysis Machine

(2) DNA Sequencer

(3).Ventilator (brands: Tyco, Drager, Newport, Siemens)

(4).Rechargeable Bedside X-ray Machine (brands: Shimadzu, Siemens, GE)

(5).ECG, Multi-functional Monitor (brands: Philips, GE, Siemens, Drager)

II. Search and Rescue Equipment



Sunday, May 18th, 2008


The death toll caused by earthquake is nearly 15,000 and looks set to rise in the disaster area- SiChuan. 10,000 people were thought to remain buried and massive landslides had buried roads to outlying villages. A lot of pupils are buried by the collapsed school buildings too.
The local authorities spoke that water, clothes, medicine, and food are mostly needed. Long haul travel is not recommended at this moment due to seriously damaged local traffic.

The Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) at Queen Mary has started calling for help and donations. The CSSA has circulated e-mails regarding the call among Chinese students and many of them have already sent their donations. It is now time to join all our forces and help those who are suffering. Recommendations on the methods of donations are in the following.

The Chinese Embassy in the UK has set up a dedicated bank account for donation to the SiChuan Earthquake. Donations can be made through money transfer or cheques. Details of the donation including account details can be found on the Chinese Embassy’s website

Alternatively the British Red Cross has also started a program to appeal for help on the SiChuan Earthquake since yesterday. Donations can be made online through the British Red Cross website at

To help children and orphanages in the disaster area, along with Chinese Embassy, Mother Bridge of Love (MBL) is also making an urgent appeal to all to donate money for the disaster relief, targeting at helping the SUFFERING CHILDREN SPECIFICALLY. MBL thank for friends who called, donated money and shared their concerns. They are calling for more people to join the rescue action.

Last year, MBL donated money to the flood-hit area in Sichuan directly. They will guarantee that 100% of the donation will be sent to Sichuan again to urgently save the life of Children. Their focus will be helping children to recover from physical and physiological damage. A website dedicated to the SiChuan Earthquake has been also set up by MBL at

To make a donation to help the MBL at this moment; the efficient way is to support their Edinburgh Marathon Runners. Please go to website: to give your contributions. Any other form of support you could provide please contact MBL through 020 70340686

If you are having any suggestions please contact the CSSA at . The CSSA has a Chinese language forum at www. and the earthquake thread is

Yours Sincerely,
Mother Bridge of Love LinkChinese UK
Chinese Young Professionals in Edinburgh