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Wide Horizons For Children Creates Emergency Fund for Earthquake Relief in China


Wide Horizons For Children Creates Emergency Fund for Earthquake Relief in China

By Wide Horizons For Children

WALTHAM, Mass., May 15 --

Wide Horizons For Children (WHFC), a leading non-profit adoption and child welfare agency, today announced it is creating an emergency relief fund for earthquake victims in China. The agency is seeking donations to the fund, which will be used to help children affected by the 7.9 magnitude earthquake that struck western China on Monday.

Reports show 50,000 people are dead, buried or missing. The impact on orphanages is not yet completely known as many of the most affected facilities are in hard-to-access areas. WHFC is working with its partner in China to find more information on the status of children and to identify the most pressing emergency needs arising from the earthquake and aftershocks in the Sichuan and Chongqing Provinces.

The fund will provide both emergency and long-term relief to children in orphanages and children who have been separated from their families, orphaned, physically hurt and emotionally traumatized. Depending on the specific needs, funds could be used for food, trauma counseling, medical care and emergency shelter as well as to repair or rebuild institutions that may have suffered structural damage.

How to donate to the fund:

    --  Online: whfc.org/aid/OnlineDonation.htm - write "Earthquake
        Relief" in comment box
    --  Phone: Ali Crandall at 800-729-5330 x1340
    --  Mail: WHFC, Attn: Earthquake Relief, 38 Edge Hill Rd, Waltham, MA 02451

About Wide Horizons For Children (WHFC)

Wide Horizons For Children is one of the largest private, non-profit adoption and child welfare agencies in the United States. The agency has placed over 10,000 children from 53 countries with American citizens since its founding in 1974. WHFC's humanitarian aid programs have donated more than $10 million to build and support projects for children all over the world. For more information, visit www.whfc.org.

Contact: Laura Wells / Robin Lord

(781) 894-5330

lwells@whfc.org / rlord@whfc.org

SOURCE Wide Horizons For Children

Laura Wells, lwells@whfc.org, or Robin Lord, rlord@whfc.org, +1-781-894-5330, both of Wide Horizons For Children ,

2008 May 15