Taiwanese students reach out to the children of Haiti

The 7th grade advanced English class at LiMing Catholic School.

The 7th grade advanced English class at LiMing Catholic School.

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.

LiMing artists

LiMing student show off their artwork.

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.”

The winners of the art contest.

The winners of the art contest for Haiti Outreach.

After the students completed their artwork, there was a contest to determine the most inspiring and creative works of art from the class.

See this story on CNN iReports.

LiMing Catholic School

The campus of LiMing Catholic School accommodated 7-12th grade.

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One response to “Taiwanese students reach out to the children of Haiti

  1. Nice piece on youngsters in Taiwan doing something for Haiti, and well done kids. You write, “Even in a small city in Taiwan, students were moved to make an effort to reach out to the Haitian children.”

    I just have to ask, though, why can’t Taiwan’s government show the same generosity? Although Taiwan is a diplomatic partner of Haiti, it has yet to offer debt reduction to that disaster-ridden island. This is especially troublesome as pretty much every country in the developed world has offered debt reduction.

    Of course, there has been a lot of hemming or hawing by President Ma, but that’s as far as it seems to go. Taiwan’s media has overlooked the topic. It is however gaining some traction now in the English media. The Writer Baron has been following the story on his blog: http://thewritingbaron.com/60

    I’m just offering this to your article for a sense of balance. These kids would not be happy to hear about, I am sure, the reluctance of their own government on this issue would bug them as it bugs many of us.

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