Therapy though music

CNC report from Beijing
Added On April 28, 2013

Last week's Sichuan earthquake has killed nearly 200 people, but also injured thousands more survivors, including psychologically.

Now, many volunteers are taking action, to help children cope with the disaster emotionally... through music.

Nearly a week after the latest major quake to strike Sichuan Province, many children in the worst-hit Baoxing County, are still shaken.

Yang Ming, a local high school student, volunteered to be a tutor for the children affected.

His guitar tries to bring them comfort.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YANG MING, Volunteer:
"I taught guitar by myself. This song is very encouraging for people when facing disaster".

Yang says he was one of the lucky ones in the quake. And the narrow escape, makes him more determined to help those in need.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YANG MING, Volunteer:
"I wasn't injured in the quake. I want to help others. I know the county is short of hands and recruiting volunteers, so I came spontaneously."

The group was set up by Huang Tao.

Unlike Yang, Huang isn't a local. He comes from eastern Zhejiang Province, but was in neighboring Yunnan Province when the quake took place.

In his spare time, he often visits rural schools and gives children care. Now, he's volunteering even more.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HUANG TAO, Volunteer:
"After the quake, another volunteer and I came straight to Ya'an. At first, we helped distribute materials. And then I found these village children are in urgent need of care and comfort, so I began to recruit volunteers."

The children enjoy singing and dancing with their older friends.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) Children:
"Their performance is excellent. We don't want them to leave".

But Huang says they have to go, to help children in other villages.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HUANG TAO, Volunteer:
"I want to take the volunteers to other places when the weather is good. Five or six people can be a team and head to remote villages."

Though many more counties are in need, as post-quake relief continues, thousands more volunteers are offering to help the people of Sichuan...

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) HUANG TAO, Volunteer:
"I hope more people will participate in our activity".