Disaster in Hengyang
We need your help!
Posted by Sam Kirk June 5, 2014
On Monday 2 June, the city of Hengyang in China experienced a torrential downpour of rain. At our Hengyang Project, this resulted in a disaster as the rains washed out an area of a hill just above all of our housing and classroom facilities.
As you can see in these images, mud and rocks slid into buildings where 45 of our girls and boys lived and destabilised the ground where another 40 children lived, making the homes unsafe. We also lost access to the facilities where we conduct our education classes, therapy sessions and craft workshops, along with the kitchen where we prepare all the meals for our children.
We thank our Father in Heaven that every one of the children and young people in our care are safe and completely unharmed. Our incredible staff and volunteers were also unharmed and worked many hours to evacuate the affected children to temporary accommodations. We are also thankful for the response from the local government to give us space within facilities on the same property so we can continue to provide full-time care with as little disruption as possible.
There is a bright spot in this disaster and you can help!
At this moment, a brand new five-story building, purpose-built for ICC, is being constructed. While on the same property, it is unaffected by the mudslide and was due to be ready by September. But in light of this week’s disaster, we now need to have it completed sooner so we can move our children and young people into their new homes as quickly as possible.
At the same time, we also need to keep our current programs and services operating at normal levels so the care of each child and young person remains consistent. We will need to purchase replacement furniture and equipment, move air conditioning units (the extremely hot summer months are about to begin) and pay for extra staff hours.
We need your help to minimise the impact of this disaster on these 85 young lives, and your gift will enable us to do that. Will you help us by giving to ICC at this time? You can make a tax-deductible donation by visiting our Hengyang Relief Fund page.
It’s at times like these that I’m reminded of how blessed we are to have faithful supporters like you. Thank you for your gift and all the ways you have stood with us.
David J. Gotts
Founder & CEO