Images and stories from the devastation that rocked Haiti reached all corners of the world. The tragedy affected millions of lives, but the most vulnerable have been the children. Even in a small city in Taiwan, students were moved to make an effort to reach out to the Haitian children.
With the recent earthquake activity grabbing world headlines, there has been a increased awareness on how tenuous and fragile life can be. No place is more prepared, aware and sensitive to the needs of earthquake victims than in Taiwan, where earthquakes are a part of life. The island experiences an average of 3 major tremors a year and have had its share of casualties.
When a 7th grade English class at LiMing Catholic School in the small city of Madou, Taiwan, heard of the continued struggles of the Haitian children, they chose to reach out. With the help of a network of Catholic organizations, the students will send drawings and messages of support, friendship, and hope.
Tony Coolidge, their English teacher, explains, “These children want the children of Haiti know that people around the world understand what they are going through. We want them to feel that people in all corners of the world are praying for them to be strong and overcome their adversity and to know that their lives are cherished.”
After the students completed their artwork, there was a contest to determine the most inspiring and creative works of art from the class.