In late January 2008, the Hunan
province experienced the worst winter storm they have had in
over 50 years. The epicenter of this rare storm was focused
on our beloved city, Chenzhou. Heavy
layers of ice pulled down not only power lines, but entire
electrical towers, leaving the city without electricity. The
city's lack of electrical power shut down the city's supply
of drinkable water and closed down all transportation services.
On February 5, 2008, a staff of five people from Operation
Blessing China arrived at the Chenzhou Social Welfare
Institute, bringing much-needed relief, in the form of food, medicine
and medical care. They distributed baby food, milk powder, medicine
supplies and ran basic health checkups on each child. The older
children were also given chocolate and cereal bars to help boost
their energy levels. In all, 426 bags formula milk
powder, 14,000 diapers, two suitcases of medicine and 50 bed warmers
were delivered. (Operation Blessing China's Storm Relief Blog)
Also on February 5, 2008, four staff members from Half
The Sky Foundation,
including Richard Bowen, husband of HTS Executive Director Jenny
Bowen, arrived at the orphanage to provide additional, much-needed
support. Half The Sky delivered food, blankets and diapers,
and ensured that enough coal was delivered to provide the
orphanage with heat for at least two weeks. HTS has also
provided the orphanage funds to purchase 60 snow suits as
soon as the power is up and the stores are open.
Chenzhou Power lines
photo by Operation Blessing
Xie xie ni! Thank you! Merci! Dank u! ¡Gracias! Danke! Grazie!
On behalf of all of our Chenzhou Families, a special thank
you to Half
The Sky Foundation and Operation Blessing China for
your humanitarian support in this great time of need!
you Jenny Bowen, Executive Director of Half The Sky Foundation,
for keeping us updated on winter storm events at the Chenzhou
orphanage and the relief trip by HTS team.
Thank you to Kara Waddell, General Manager of Operation Blessing
China, for information regarding the relief trip by the OBC
team and for allowing us to use the above photos on our Web site.