Background of CIEAF
On September 21, 1999 a 7.6 magnitude earthquake hit Jiji, Nantou County, Taiwan. Dr. Chak Au, one of the founding directors of the Canadian International Education Assistance Foundation (CIEAF), led the Canadian Medical Aid Team to Taiwan immediately following the disaster. Dr. Au, an expert in mental health service and posttrauma resilience, observed the earthquake damage firsthand. He noted that of all fundamental services provided to a disaster area, what was often missing was emotional support to those who were experiencing shock and grief over lost loved ones. Then, on May 12, 2008 China’s Sichuan Province was hit by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake. Dr. Au, along with a few others who shared his passion, rushed to help. They recognized the immediate emotional needs of those impacted by the disaster. The goal was not only to provide direct post-trauma resilience building services to the victims, but to also train locals in the affected areas. In order to sustain this mission of providing post-trauma resilience building services to those in need, Canadian International Education Assistance Foundation (CIEAF) was established. On December 17, 2009 the first CIEAF Board of Directors was formed.
The aim of CIEAF is to train students, teachers, volunteers and social workers in preparation for providing resilience building services to disaster affected communities.
Sponsor students to support community Post-Trauma Resilience Building
Students, teachers, volunteers and social workers who are preparing themselves in providing resilience building services to post-trauma communities.
- To promote awareness of the needs of post-trauma resilience services in Canada and other countries.
- To raise funds in order to provide assistance to students, teachers, volunteers and social workers in Canada and other countries to support their education in post-trauma resilience services.
- To provide support to students, financially or in other forms, to assist them in education and training of post-trauma resilience services.
- To organize and support recreational, cultural and other activities which will benefit students in their learning of post-trauma resilience services.
- To provide emergency relief to students and their families, teachers and schools in response to natural disasters.