Wide Horizons For Children, a leading non-profit adoption and child welfare agency, announced it is creating an emergency relief fund for earthquake victims in China.
The Waltham-based 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 last 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. Wide Horizons 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 western China.
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: www.whfc.org/aid/OnlineDonation.htm - write Earthquake Relief in comment box
Phone: Ali Crandall at 800-729-5330 x1340
Mail: Wide Horizons For Children, Attn: Earthquake Relief, 38 Edge Hill Rd, Waltham, 02451
About Wide Horizons For Children: It 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