Chengdu Disabled Reviews
Oct 11, 2007
Statistics show that there are some five hundred thousand disabled people in Chengdu. Most are finding it quite difficult to make a living, because of an inability to work due to their infirmity. Some of these people are living in conditions that are so wretched that it is far beyond normal peoples imagination and belief. Their dilapidated houses need rebuilding. Their meager existence with two meals per day needs guaranteeing. Their children desire basic education, and their bodies need the simplest of health care. With spirits crushed by disaster and sorrow, these disabled people of Chengdu are desperately in need of love and help in the most sincere ways available.
In late 2005, the Chengdu Welfare Fund for the Disabled (CWFD) sought the personal assistance of foreign teachers at the University Of Electronic Science & Technology of China (UESTC) in proofreading text for the establishment of an English website. This would hopefully raise international consciousness of the local disableds plight. During the winter and Spring Festival vacation break, those so inclined and available to volunteer, concentrated their writing efforts on the completion of this noble project. The Chengdu Welfare Fund for the Disabled website has now been officially launched in both English and Chinese languages.
Background information is given there about the foundation and its activities. CWFD was founded in 1987. It is an independent, non-profit-making, charitable organization approved by the Chinese Government. The purpose of CWFD is to advocate humanitarianism, to advance the cause for disabled people, to maintain the legal rights of the disabled by ensuring the equal participation of people with disabilities in social life thus enabling them to share in the fruits of social and cultural progress, and to work for the disabled in a whole-hearted way.
Through the foundation, a substantial amount of work has been done in recovery, help for the poor, legal advice, skills training, provision of special materials, and medical assistance. All this work has produced good results and made society at large more aware of the plight of the disabled. Since the foundation was set up, it has distributed 3,000 wheelchairs and 1,668 other articles, provided 860 items for cataract operations, organized craftsmanship training for 13,500 disabled people, paralytic cure for 549 people, provided 332 pairs of artificial limbs, and rebuilt 80 houses. All the above has been carried out free of charge. The Chengdu Welfare Fund for the Disabled was formed by disabled people. Their motto is: “To serve those in need is to serve us indeed.”
The Broadcast Television Bureau of Chengdu has already allocated a special time on Channel 15 for an advertisement helping the disabled,. The slogan, "the disabled people are the most difficult group with weakness", will scroll across the screen, and a hotline number for contact will be announced. Contact can also be made on CWFDs website.
By: 沃伦 Warren Rodwell
Expatriate writer Warren Rodwell has been in China since 2002, and teaches university postgraduates in Chengdu. Many of his feature stories, reviews and photographs have been published online or in hardcopy media form. Warren also narrates documentaries and administers various websites as part of his efforts to promote Chengdu and Sichuan culture more globally.
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