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May 14th, 2009
11:08 AM ET

Helping Quake Kids Stand Tall

This week marks the one year anniversary of the worst earthquake to hit China in over 30 years. The earthquake struck Sichuan province on May 12, 2008, at 2:28 p.m., when students were taking lessons in schools. Thousands of schools collapsed in the earthquake, trapping students under the debris. Among the victims, 5,335 students died or are missing, said Tu Wentao, head of Sichuan's education department, according to state-run Xinhua news agency. More than 500 were permanently disabled. In Hong Kong, Professor K.M. Chan, an Orthopedic Surgeon, knew that many children, who were caught in the debris and had to have amputations in order to survive, were now facing a very long-term rehabilitation. He founded with a group of doctors the aid organization 'Stand Tall'. Its aim - to fit some of the most severely injured with prosthetic limbs. This group has treated thousands of patients, bringing some to Hong Kong, for checkups and rehab work, and is now working with officials in Hong Kong and Mainland China to build a new rehabilitation center closer to the patients' homes back in Sichuan province.

As CNN's Alex Zolbert reports for Impact Your World, this inspiring team of doctors is helping survivors of the Sichuan quake 'Stand Tall.'

To learn more about StandTall, visit their website: http://www.standtallchina.org/

To learn more about this and other organizations that are helping earthquake victims in China, please visit our Impact Your World page.


Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
May 9th, 2009
11:13 AM ET

Bridging the Gap Between Uganda and America

Every Saturday here in the Weekend Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield, we’ll take a closer look at the people and organizations working to make a positive change in the world and how YOU can make a difference. We are doing this in partnership with CNN’s Impact Your World.

American Brittany Merrill was visiting one of Uganda’s shantytowns of mud huts and wooden shacks, when she found her purpose in life. She was inspired by the faith and determination of one woman who cared for 24 street children that ran about with bare feet, torn clothes and unstoppable spirit. After building wells in villages and an orphanage that can accommodate 180 street children, Brittany and her partners can not be stopped either, with five more projects underway. They are making a difference, one heart and village at a time.

Here are a few of the organizations making a difference for the children in Uganda:

Ugandan American Partnership Organization

Children of Uganda

To find out more ways to help children around the world and how you can make a difference, visit CNN’s IMPACT YOUR WORLD


Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield • Impact Your World
April 30th, 2009
10:39 AM ET

You Can Make a Difference

Every week here in the Newsroom with Tony Harris, we'll take a closer look at the people and organizations working to make a positive change in the world and how YOU can make a difference. We are doing this in partnership with CNN's Impact Your World.

Today, we visit one of Ethiopia's poorest Arab neighborhoods, where the U.S. military is rolling out new efforts to eradicate extremism.  As CNN's Barbara Starr reports, instead of going into battle with guns or artillery, they're providing the children with new classrooms and opportunities.

Here are some of the charities that are making a difference for children in Ethiopia:

Children of Ethiopia Education Fund
Ethiopia Reads

To find out more ways to help children around the world and how you can make a difference, visit CNN's Impact Your World.


Filed under: Impact Your World • Tony Harris
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