June 18, 2008
TPRF Provides US$15,000 for People Disabled By 8.0 Earthquake in China
The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) has donated US$15,000 to the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) to provide food and bottled water for survivors of the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated southwestern China's Sichuan Province on May 12. A respected charity that specializes in attending to the needs and rights of disabled people in China, CDPF was quick to respond to the staggering affects of the earthquake that left almost 70,000 dead and more than 370,000 injured.
"TPRF's grant helps meet immediate need of food, water and shelter for the hundreds of thousands affected by the worst disaster to hit China in 30 years," says TPRF President Linda Pascotto. "Within ten days of the disaster, CDPF teams spread out through Sichuan, bringing food and water along with medical professionals and equipment." Team members included experts in spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, orthopedics, amputation, rehabilitation and psychology.
Recognizing CDPF's work on behalf of the disabled, TPRF gave the organization US$150,000 at the end of last year, to be disbursed over two years to fund the "Nutritional Plan for Students with Disabilities." The grant is providing nutritious food to 480 visually impaired, deaf and intellectually disabled students at special schools in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region's Baise City and to 320 visually impaired students at special schools in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to The Prem Rawat Foundation for the concern and support to the disabled children in the two regions," says Chen Ya'an, Director General of CDPF's International Affairs Department.
About the China Disabled Persons' Federation
Established in 1988, the China Disabled Persons' Federation (CDPF) is a unified organization of/for the 83 million persons with various categories of disabilities in China. Headquartered in Beijing, it has a nationwide umbrella network reaching every part of China with about 80,000 full-time workers.
About The Prem Rawat Foundation
The Prem Rawat Foundation was created in 2001 by Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, and has a dual mission of bringing his message of peace to people around the world and providing essential humanitarian aid to those in need. TPRF partners with other humanitarian organizations to bring food, water and rapid disaster relief where it is most needed. To learn more about TPRF's humanitarian initiatives, Prem Rawat and his message of peace, please visit http://tprf.org/pressrel/20080618-CDPF_Grant.htm.