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MIT student blogger Lulu L. '09

Disaster Relief by Lulu L. '09

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I haven’t been able to focus at all today. I didn’t really understand the scope of it til this afternoon.

Times Report on the Earthquake

When I describe Sichuan to people I always mention the food, and the mountains, the humidity sometimes, and I always explain that Sichuan translates literally into the four rivers that cut through it. The people there speak with a flattened dialect, like this, I say. And I say I’ll take them one day to this place.

If you feel compelled to help, I’ve been looking around. Here are some relief organizations that have already begun their operations:

American Red Cross International Relief Fund

World Vision

**or you can donate directly to the China Relief Fund, here.

I hope everything is alright with your family, your friends, you, out in this beautiful region of the world.

20 responses to “Disaster Relief”

  1. Anonymous says:

    我为四川灾区人民祈祷,让我们一起为他们祈祷。

  2. Judy '12 says:

    My father’s family lives in Sichuan and they have recently been forced to lave their apartment due to the damages of the earthquake. Thus, I, too fell compelled by this disaster to help. I deepest sympathies to families that have experienced losses.

  3. Anonymous says:

    my family lives in sichuan

  4. Hadley says:

    Whenever I hear about something like this on the news, I just can’t believe it. I saw it on CNN monday afternoon and I honestly just didn’t think it happened…It’s just so totally awful and heartbreaking. My thoughts/heart/sincerest hopes and whatever else I can send to everyone and their families is going straight to them.

  5. Steph says:

    Absolutely tragic.

  6. Lillian says:

    Hi, I’m a senior living in China right now. I was four hundred miles away from the earthquake when it happened. It was only because I was sitting down that I noticed it. The windows were shaking and vibrations were traveling up my chair. I had never felt an earthquake before this, and I was particularly freaked out because my room is on the third floor of the building. Thankfully, there was no damage in my town, but I can’t believe that there are so many dead and that I’m so close to where it happened. I grieve for all the children in the disaster, and I’m glad that my two year-old brother was away at the time so that he was safe. My sympathies are with everyone involved in this tragic event

  7. Isshak says:

    I have no relations in Sichuan, but I’m sad it is another human disaster in terms of casualties. All my hope goes to you out there, having trouble right now.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What an eloquent response. I’m sorry you feel this way, but I am glad to know that there are caring people like you out there.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I sincerely hope, if needed, that foreign aid workers would be allowed to enter China to help the people of Sichuan. My deepest sympathies to those who have been tragically affected by these event.

  10. Paul says:

    I just got an email from MIT’s CSSA (Chinese Students and Scholars Association), who are going to be taking donations in the Student Center until the end of this week.

    Things like this make me proud I go to MIT.

  11. wendi says:

    Absolutely terrible ._.
    I have family living not in Sichuan, but in the vicinity :x.

    Prayers to everyone in Sichuan and around.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The situation is extreamly bad! Thousands of people died,include many children.Gods,it happened so unexpected,we just don’t know how
    to react,I still wonder if I am dreaming,I just
    can’t believe this.

  13. anotheranon says:

    did you bother to look at what you were being annoying on before you went off on it? Way to disrespect over 12,000 dead for your shallow gratification. Was it worth it?

  14. Anonymous says:

    That’s terrible. I also hope that those victims of the natural diaster will find aid during this time of suffering.

  15. Sympathies to all those affected. This is awful, and I hope aid is given where it’s most needed.

  16. 中国人民是一家,世界人民是一家。默哀

  17. Is MIT holding a vigil? I heard a lot of universities in China and across America are doing it.

  18. zion says:

    lulu;
    i think you should apply your imagination in regards to the gifts you pursue and maybe you will find new horizons that have not been attained in this realm of time.
    like what you say about earthquakes nature is very karmatic, maybe one day someone will develope things that will allow us to notify those in the path of tradgedy, who knows only the shadow and he ain’t telling them babe.
    truly zzz

  19. Olivia says:

    中国人民是一家