World Vision responds to quake in China’s Sichuan province

Updated: World Vision is delivering hygiene supplies and Child-Friendly Kits to families affected by the Sichuan earthquake.

By Kathryn Reid, World Vision U.S.
Published April 22, 2013 at 12:00am PDT

Today, World Vision staff began distributing 3,900 hygiene kits and Child-Friendly Kits to families in Ya’an, site of the 6.6-magnitude earthquake that struck China’s Sichuan province on Saturday.

The health and well-being of children

“We are worried about the health and well-being of the children who are now homeless,” says Victor Kan, national director of World Vision in China. “By providing hygienic kits, we’re hoping to help families restore hygienic practices, reducing health risks.”

The team plans to provide hygiene kits to survivors hit hardest and assess the physical, psychosocial, and educational needs of children in those areas.

World Vision is also collaborating with government partners to further assist in the response.

Mass devastation

Government sources have updated the number of casualties to 200 dead and more than 11,500 injured. The U.N. says at least 1.52 million people in 69 counties are affected.

“We are witnessing mass devastation, homes flattened, children homeless, and livelihoods wiped away,” says Meimei Leung, head of World Vision’s emergency response team in China. “People are huddled in tents along the roadside, and near the stadium.”

More than 245,000 people have been evacuated. Near the quake’s epicenter in Lushan County, many houses are made of wood, with earthen walls. Nearly all of them collapsed, the U.N. says, leaving many residents in need of shelter.

World Vision disaster management staff members are coordinating relief with government authorities. We will focus on the needs of children and filling gaps in government aid delivery.

Two ways you can help

Please pray for families affected by the earthquake, and pray for World Vision staff members and other emergency responders assisting the quake survivors.

Make a one-time donation to World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund. Your gift will help us respond quickly and effectively to sudden-onset disasters like the recent China earthquake, providing emergency supplies like life-saving food, clean water, medical supplies, and shelter to survivors.