OB Aids China's Aftershock Survivors

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YAOJIN, China - This week another huge aftershock rattled Sichuan Province in China.

It was the latest in a score of aftershocks since the 7.9 magnitude quake that killed 70,000 people in May.

Now the government, with a little help from Operation Blessing, is working hard to help the survivors on the long road to recovery.

Rising from the Rubble

Nestled in a valley surrounded by lush green hills, Yaojin Village was a few miles from the earthquake's epicenter. The 54 homes that once stood here are gone.

Three months later, on the eve of the Olympic Games, Yaojin and the surrounding villages are rising from the rubble.

"We are working as fast as possible to rebuild homes for people," construction worker Zhu Haijun said.

The Chinese central government is sparing no expense when it comes to rebuilding this disaster zone - which incidentally covers an area of about 50,000 square miles. Today, the foundations for new homes are going up across the region.

Some 4.5 million families made homeless by the earthquake have to be resettled. So for now, thousands of prefabricated one-room units are rising from the fields all across the devastated region.

For earthquake survivors like Liu Jian, the sound of construction rumble is music to her ears.

"Life is slowly getting back to normal," Jian said.

The government has an ambitious goal to rebuild the quake-hit areas in three years. They've already set aside $10 billion for reconstruction this year alone.

But team work is key. City governments across China are sending some of their own people to help jump-start the reconstruction.

About 130,000 Chinese soldiers, along with tens of thousands of migrant workers, are also in the disaster zone.

"I'm from another part of China and I've been sent here to help," one Chinese soldier said. "We are all trying to do our best to make this province a better place than before."

Operation Blessing Adopts a Village

Operation Blessing is on the frontlines too restoring water to villages, digging trenches, building schools, providing electricity and hot showers to countless people.

And in a unique approach to providing humanitarian aid, OB has adopted this entire village in Sichuan and is committed to help them rebuild. Working with the local architects, OB is in the drawing stages of building new homes for the villagers.

"I don't know how we could have done it without Operation Blessing. The money that would have gone into building a new home can now go into taking care of my family and children," Jian said

Despite her hardships, Jian is getting ready for tomorrow night when she, along with the rest of the village, will tune-in to watch the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Jian said, "I can't wait for this moment, I wish everyone in the Olympics Games the best."

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George Thomas

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