The 5/12 Earthquake in Sichuan China has left people a deformed land upon which they must rebuild. In addition to the Chinese government's effort, local businessmen, scholars and students gathered on Dec, 13, 2008 at Kowloon restaurant to contribute what they could. The 5/12 Earthquake in Sichuan China has left people a deformed land upon which they must rebuild. In addition to the Chinese government's effort, local businessmen, scholars and students gathered on Dec, 13, 2008 at Kowloon restaurant to contribute what they could.

Dr. Huang from China Action Love Volunteer Association (aka China Christian Action Love Volunteer Association, CCAL) flew in to speak at the meeting.

Dr. Huang said rebuilding a city requires an incredible number of volunteers.  The more volunteers he can recruit from all around the world, the more likely they can provide a variety of assistance to the people quickly and effectively.  His friend Mr. Youngman, whose Kaifa Group was recognized by China's SAFEA as a expert consultation group, sponsored his travel.

A former instructor at National University of Singapore, Peking University and other renowned institutes, Augsburg Professor Tan said he will, while traveling in Washington, connect with Beijing Normal University Disaster Management and China Association of Social Work, to find social workers who would volunteer in Sichuan.

University of Minnesota voices were also heard at the conference. Mr. Liu, who was an officer at China's Civil Affair Bureau and now a scholar at the University of Minnesota, agreed that social work is important to help affected people.

Di Wu, a Web site assistant at the Gleason's Lab and a Co-Chair of Chinese Student Union, which hosted over 20 events to promote Sino-America communication and Julia Huang, a student volunteer at local business International Counseling for Educators (ICE), introduced the idea of possibly offering free online education programs to Sichuan schools before new teachers step back into the classroom, so as to minimize Sichuan students’ delay in learning.

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