|As China marks one month since the massive earthquake in Sichuan Province, international aid agency World Vision is focusing on the long-term needs of remote communities, which it warns are some of the worst affected. .|
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“We know that people living in remote areas are generally poorer than those who live in city centers,” said Victor Kan, World Vision’s emergency response director for China. “Through assessments in Qingchuan County and beyond, we’ve learned that hard-to-reach communities are, in fact, some of the worst affected,” he said.
The majority of World Vision’s work will take place in remote areas, including in Qingchuan County, where World Vision had started a development program before the quake struck.
The agency’s rehabilitation phase will focus on economic recovery, including the reconstruction of 50 schools, 15 dormitories, 5,800 homes and several health clinics. In total, the Christian humanitarian organization plans to help some 1.1 million people in Sichuan and the neighboring provinces Shaanxi and Gansu over the next two to three years. Read more ...
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With everything lost to the quake, these helpless children were trying hard to find something useful from the debris. Photo by Wang Ning/World Vision
The child-friendly kits with various toys cheer up the kids in the temporary shelter camp. The adults said this was their first smile since the disastrous earthquake. Photo byAnita Zhao/World Vision
Kevin Chiu, the CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, visited the quake-affected area and comforted a 45-year-old woman who had lost her home in the quake and came to receive a quilt from World Vision. Photo by Anita Zhao/World Vision
This was once the busiest and most crowded street in Jundao Township, Mianzhu City, but now the area has turned into a disaster zone. Countless of dead bodies are still buried in the rubble. Photo by Anita Zhao/World Vision
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