Another update on Chenzhou

This was on the Half the Sky this morning.  Please keep these children in your prayers!

Chenzhou CWI, Hunan – still facing the most difficulties of the orphanages we’ve reached.  They’ve had no electricity or running water for 8 days and there is almost no possibility that power will be restored before New Year’s Eve (the 6th of February.)  Because of the blackout, the hospital is closed.  20 children are ill and being cared for by institution staff as well as they can.  The banks are closed so staff is contributing personal funds to buy food, coal and diapers.  Prices are skyrocketing as all roads to Chenzhou remain impassable. UPDATE: The largest hotel in Chenzhou is running on one emergency generator and townsfolk who’ve been without power for days have filled all rooms and lobbies.  There are very few places in town with even emergency power now.  Hopes are to get some electricity by next weekend. UPDATE: The 20 sick children are being cared for by doctors from the local hospital (which is closed.) They are receiving IV’s and medicine. Shi assures us that the children will be fine and that they will recover. They will feed the children and keep them warm no matter what. There is still no power. Families in Chenzhou are now rationed and can only buy 4 packages of noodles per family. The Civil Affairs Bureau delivered 3 sacks of rice to the institution. The are using candles but the cost per candle has gone from 20 cents to 5 yuan per candle. They are using coal to keep warm but the price of coal is skyrocketing. Two old people at the institution died. There are 800,000 migrant workers trapped in town that can’t get out to see their families for Spring Festival. They expect another heavy snow tomorrow. We are in daily touch with the orphanage.  They know that everyone is thinking of them and determined to get them the help they need. UPDATE: HTS has a team on its way to Chenzhou with supplies and money. Total funds requested to date: 150,000 yuan; total child population: 186.

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